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Parkinson's Disease (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Parkinson's Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutic Interventions


June 24-25, 2017


Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME Site Information


Briana De Miranda & Meghan L. Bucher

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 27, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 24, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Parkinson's Disease is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The 2017 Parkinson's Disease Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will be the first Gordon meeting designed specifically for trainees studying Parkinson's disease, composed of a two-day meeting incorporating Graduate Student and Postdoc presentations with experts in the field. In addition to trainee platform and poster presentations, the 2017 GRS will include a special presentation from an individual living with Parkinson's disease, and a career panel encompassing multiple sectors of the PD field (academia, industry, granting agencies, scientific journals, foundations). The scientific focus of this meeting will encompass pathological mechanisms of PD, therapeutic interventions, and novel methods in disease detection and remediation.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 24, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Parkinson's Disease" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by April 24, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Lorenz Studer (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA)
    "Restorative Dopaminergic iPS Cells"


  • Orla Smith (Science Translational Medicine, AAAS, USA)

Additional Speakers Will Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • J. Timothy Greenamyre (University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Exploring Career Paths with Experts in the Field"

  • Brian Fiske (Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, USA)
  • Ian Reynolds (Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, USA)
  • Margaret Sutherland (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, USA)
  • Malu Tansey (Emory University, USA)

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13NS100272. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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