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Genes & Behavior
Contribution of Sequenced Genomes to Understanding Behavior
March 18-23, 2012
Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX
Chair:
Catharine H. Rankin

Vice Chair:
Allen J. Moore

Related Meeting Information
The Genes & Behavior Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Genes & Behavior Gordon Research Seminar. Please refer to the Genes & Behavior GRS web page for more information.

The fifth Gordon Research Conference on Genes and Behavior is taking place fourteen years after the publication of the first animal genome to be sequenced: the Caenorhabditis elegans genome in 1998. Since that time genomes for many organisms have been sequenced and a vast amount of data has been generated. One of the key questions posed at this Gordon Conference is how sequenced genomes have altered our thinking about genes and behavior. The study of genes and behavior fits into several different disciplines and each takes a different approach to this field. In one arena, a handful of laboratory-based behaviors and a few model organisms dominate the field of molecular neuroscience and behavioral genetics. In another arena, behavioral ecology focuses on naturally occurring behavior and how it evolves, but pays little attention to the underlying neural and genetic substrates. While it is important that these individual specialties continue to be pursued with vigor, we believe that a deeper understanding of the relationship between genes and behavior will require an active integration of both approaches and perspectives. Researchers from both arenas have begun to use sequenced genomes in their research, and sessions will be designed to share tools, techniques and insights in to how sequenced genomes have advanced our understanding of behavior. The mandate of the Genes and Behavior Gordon Conference is to bring together experts in the different sub-disciplines that study genes and behavior to create an environment in which experts and trainees can build connections and collaborations to put the disparate pieces of the puzzle together to forge a comprehensive approach to the study of genes and behavior.


Contributors

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmLife After sequencing: What can be done with all that data?
Discussion Leader: Robert Hiitzmann (University of Oregon Health Sciences Center)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmJonathan Flint (Wellcome Trust Centre, Oxford)
"Insights from complete genome sequence of multiple mouse inbred strains into the molecular basis of behavioural variation"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmDavid M. Miller III (Vanderbilt University)
"Genomic Approaches to synaptic plasticity and behavior in C.elegans"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 10:30 amJunior Scientist Talks
Discussion Leaders: Justin Rhodes (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Alison Bell (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
9:00 am - 9:20 amTBA (to be chosen from GRS participants)
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amTBA (to be chosen from GRS participants)
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amTBA (to be chosen from GRS participants)
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pmData Blitz
11:00 am - 11:45 am

5-minute talks chosen from Poster Sessions:

  • Xiangjun Tian
  • Rebekah Dutton
  • Molly Kent
  • Eliabeth Cash
  • Brent Horton
  • Maia Benner
  • Seth Ament
  • Xingguo Zheng
  • Magnus Elfwing
11:45 am - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmQuantitative Genome Wide Analyses
Discussion Leaders: Jill Bettinger (Virginia Commonwealth University) and TBA
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmKerry Shaw (Cornell University)
"Comparative genomics in crickets"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmAsher Cutter (University of Toronto)
"Understanding natural genetic variation in temperature-dependent behaviors in Caenorhabditis briggsae"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:00 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmConnecting Genes and Functions
Discussion Leaders: John Crabbe (Oregon Health Sciences Center) and Steve DeBelle (DART)
9:00 am - 9:40 amLisa Stowers (Scripps Research Institute)
"Specialized odors that promote stereotyped behaviors in the mouse"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amChris Li (CCNY)
"Knocking out Neuropeptide Gene Families in C.elegans"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmRyan Bogdan (Duke University/Washington University in St. Louis)
"A Neurogenetics Approach to Understanding Individual Differences in Brain, Behavior and Risk for Psychopathology"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEpigenetic Transmission of Behavioral Traits
Discussion Leader: TBA
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmChristian Schaaf (Baylor College of Medicine)
"Neuropsychiatric Phenotypes of Altered Cholinergic Neurotransmission"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmRobert Bonasio (NYU)
"What can ants teach us about epigenetics?"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmWhat did we learn about behavior from sequencing our organism's genomes?
Discussion Leader: Donna Maney (Emory University)
9:00 am - 9:40 amGene Robinson (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
"cis-Regulatory codes for social behavior"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHans Hofmann (University of Texas at Austin)
"Molecular Universals Underlying Social Evolution of Vertebrates and Beyond"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmDavid Clayton (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
"What we've learned about song learning (and other stuff) from the songbird genome"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree Time
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:00 pmBehavioral EvoDevo
Discussion Leader: Darcy Kelley (Columbia University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmRhonda Snook (University of Sheffield, England)
"Sexual selection and rapid molecular evolution"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMarla Sokolowski (University of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada)
"The foraging gene: Gene-environment interdependencies in behavior"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmDecoding Sequenced Genomes
Discussion Leaders: David Goldman (NIH) and Abraham Palmer (University of Chicago)
9:00 am - 9:40 amMariana Wolfner (Cornell University)
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amChristina Barr (NIH/NIAAA)
"Using Primate Comparative Genomics to Identify Risk Alleles for the Addictions - Relevance to Adaptation and G x E interactions"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmDesmond Smith (UCLA)
"The genetic circuitry of learning and memory in mice"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session III
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEvolution of Ion Channels and Behavior
Discussion Leaders: Yehuda Ben-Shahar (Washington University at St. Louis) and Susanne Schmid (University of Western Ontario)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmHarold Zakon (University of Texas, Austin)
"Rapid Evolution of sodium channel genes correlates with diversity of communication signals"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmAshlee Rowe (University of Texas, Austin)
"No pain, big gain: co-evolution between bark scorpion pain-inducing neurotoxins and grasshopper mice nociceptors"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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