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Signaling by Adhesion Receptors (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Cell Adhesion Receptors at the Cross-Roads of Cell Signaling Pathways


June 28-29, 2008


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Jessica Sawyer & Melodie L. Knowlton

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar “Cell Adhesion Receptors at the Cross-Roads of Cell Signaling Pathways: New Directions and Approaches” held in conjunction with the GRC meeting “Signaling by Cell Adhesion Receptors” will provide a unique forum for graduate student conference participants for the presentation and exchange of new ideas at the interface between cell signaling and cell adhesion receptors. The focus of the meeting will draw from many areas of Cell and Developmental Biology, Bio-Engineering, Bio-Medical Research, and Systems Biology. The Gordon Research Seminar will provide an outstanding opportunity for graduate students to present their work, receive constructive feedback, network with other graduate students in the field and facilitate future collaborations. Finally, the Gordon Research Seminar will serve to prepare students for the general meeting and create an atmosphere more conducive to higher levels of student participation and leadership throughout the subsequent GRC meeting

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Signaling by Adhesion Receptors" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
4:45 pm - 5:00pm Welcome by GRS Chairs
4:00 pm - 5:00 pmPoster Session - Odds
5:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session - Evens
6:00 pmDinner
7:15 pm - 7:30 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm New Directions and Approaches to Cell Adhesion Complex Function and Signaling
Discussion Leader: W. James Nelson (Stanford University)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmSimon de Beco (Institut Curie - CNRS)
"Endocytosis is required for cadherin redistribution at mature adherens junctions"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pm Discussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmVera Schulte (DWI an der RWTH Aachen e.V.)
"Surface Topography induces Fibroblast Adhesion and Spreading on two intrinsically non-fouling Biomaterials"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmAndrea Hartsock (Stanford University)
"Identifying the function of p120-catenin binding E-cadherin juxtamembrane domain"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pm Discussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmMonika Abedin (UC Berkeley)
"Cadherin evolution and the origin of animals"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
9:45 pm - 11:30 pm Poster Session
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pm Integration of Cell Adhesion Receptors and Cell Signaling
Discussion Leader: Clare Waterman (NIH)
9:00 am - 9:20 amJustin G. Peacock (Yale University)
"Fibronectin adhesion triggers microtubule delivery of Abl-related gene (Arg) to regulate actomyosin contractility and focal adhesion dynamics in migrating cells"
9:20 am - 9:30 am Discussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amRosalyn A. Jurjus (George Washington University)
"Increased Migration and Altered Integrin Function Accompany Loss of Syndecan-1 (sdc-1) in Primary Dermal Fibroblasts Derived From Sdc-1 Deficient Mice"
9:50 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amSteve Warner (Washington University)
"Opposing roles for Rho1 and Cdc42 in epithelial junctions and apical cell tension"
10:20 am - 10:30 am Discussion
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am - 11:15 amMartine Van Miltenburg (Leiden University)
"Deletion of Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) disrupts mammary epithelial cell organization and contractility in vitro and in vivo"
11:15 am - 11:20 am Discussion
11:20 am - 11:35 am Botond Cseh (Centre Antoine Lacassagne)
"The Role of Cellular Fibronectin Variants in Vascular Endothelial Cells"
11:35 am - 11:40 am Discussion
11:40 am - 11:55 am Jennifer Leight (University of Pennsylvannia)
"Mechanical properties of the microenvironment modulate the oncogenic potential of TGF-beta"
11:55 am - 12:00 pm Discussion
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Discuss request for a subsequent GRS; Nominations for the next Student/Post-doc Vice Chair(s) to work with GRC Chair (serving as mentor); Fill out Evaluation Forms)
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pmGordon Research Seminar ends. For those attending the associated Gordon Research Conference, please check in at the GRC Office beginning at 2:00 pm.
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