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Carotenoids
January 6-11, 2013
Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA

Related Meeting Information
The Carotenoids Gordon Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Carotenoids Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar. Please refer to the Carotenoids GKRS web page for more information.

Carotenoids are among the most ubiquitous of natural pigments and have been the focus of research efforts in the fields of plant biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, nutrition, and medicine for over a century. The Gordon Research Conference on Carotenoids has been held triennially since 1992. The 2013 8th Gordon Research Conference on Carotenoids will uphold the tradition of bringing together multidisciplinary research investigators at the forefront of carotenoid science. The conference will showcase exciting developments and updates with presentations on breeding for human health; metabolic engineering of provitamin A carotenoids; biosynthesis and regulation; apocarotenoid biogenesis and signaling; carotenoid transport and metabolism; biological actions of carotenoids and their metabolites; carotenoids and chronic disease prevention; carotenoids in photosynthesis and apocarotenoids in vision. Academic, industrial and government participants are welcome and all are strongly encouraged to present their most recent unpublished findings as posters for which ample time has been allotted. Selected posters will be chosen for short oral presentations during the conference.

This conference is an outstanding opportunity to promote growth, development, and open communication of frontier developments in carotenoid science. The collegial atmosphere of this conference, with programmed discussion sessions as well as opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings, provides a forum for scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and promotes cross-disciplinary collaborations between carotenoid researchers world-wide. Applications are welcome from postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and it is anticipated that travel awards will be available to selected participants. Early application is recommended as attendance is limited. This year’s GRC will be preceded by a newly established Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on carotenoids specifically geared for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. GRS participants are invited to also apply to attend the GRC to further network and interact with the larger carotenoid community.


Contributors

SUNDAY
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmBREEDING FOR HUMAN HEALTH
7:40 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion Leader: Joseph Hirschberg (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
7:55 pm - 8:15 pmGerard Barry (International Rice Research Institute, Philippines)
"The challenge of turning a scientific breakthrough into a product: the experiences and processes for Golden Rice"
8:15 pm - 8:25 pmDiscussion
8:25 pm - 8:45 pmGiovanni Guiliano (ENEA, Italy)
"Manipulating carotenoid composition in tomato and potato"
8:45 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:15 pmKobi Tadmor (Newe Yaar Research Center, ARO, Israel)
"Regulating carotenoid content and composition in melon fruit"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmREGULATION OF CAROTENOID BIOSYNTHESIS
9:00 am - 9:05 am Discussion Leader: Manuel Rodriguez-Concepcion (Centre for Research on Agricultural Genomics, Spain)
9:05 am - 9:25 amJerilyn Timlin (Sandia National Labs, USA)
"Spatial-temporal dynamics of carotenoids in living cells with hyperspectral confocal raman microscopy"
9:25 am - 9:35 amDiscussion
9:35 am - 9:50 amMaria Shumskaya (Lehman College, CUNY, USA)
"The carotenoid biosynthetic pathway: thinking in all dimensions"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 10:55 amLi Li (USDA-ARS, Ithaca, USA)
"Carotenoid accumulation and chromoplast development"
10:55 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amBarry Pogson (Australian National University, Australia)
"Investigating the epigenetic regulation and function of cis-carotenes in plants"
11:35 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:15 pmAsaph Aharoni (Weizmann Institute, Israel)
"Linking carotenoid metabolism to the regulatory network controlling tomato fruit ripening"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCAROTENOIDS AND HEALTH- EPIDEMIOLOGY & ANIMAL STUDIES
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion Leader: Susan T. Mayne (Yale University, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:05 pmNancy Engelmann Moran (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, USA)
"13C-biolabeled lycopene for metabolism and absorption studies in humans"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:40 pmLisa Jahns (Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, USDA-ARS, USA)
"Utilization of a dermal carotenoid detection to quantify changes in fruit and vegetable intake"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:15 pmChun Liu (Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, USA)
"Beta-cryptoxanthin and lung cancer"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmAPOCAROTENOID BIOGENESIS
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader: Earl Harrison (Ohio State University, USA)
9:10 am - 9:40 amSalim Al-Babili (University of Freiburg, Germany)
"Carlactones make a long story short"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 10:55 amLoredana Quadro (Rutgers University, USA)
"β-carotene metabolism in the developing mammalian tissues"
10:55 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amWilliam S. Blaner (Columbia University, USA)
"Role of carotenoid cleavage enzymes in the mammalian liver"
11:35 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:15 pmGlenn Lobo (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
"Molecular components affecting carotenoid homeostasis in mammals"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCAROTENOIDS AND HEALTH - MOLECULAR MECHANISMS
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion Leader: Loredana Quadro (Rutgers University, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:05 pmJohn Erdman (University of Illinois, USA)
"Are tomato carotenoids responsible for reduced risk of prostate cancer?"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:40 pmPatrick Borel (INRA 1260/ Aix-Marseille University, France)
"Effect of genetic polymorphisms on bioavailability of carotenoids"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:15 pmRalph Rühl (University of Debrecen, Hungary)
"RAR and RXR mediated signaling by novel lycopene-metabolites"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmAPOCAROTENOID SIGNALING
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader: Harry Klee (University of Florida, USA)
9:10 am - 9:40 amEnrico Martinoia (University of Zürich, Switzerland)
"ABC transporters involved in apocarotenoid transport"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 10:55 amPeter McCourt (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Systems and chemical genetics approaches to apocarotenoid signaling"
10:55 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amCatherine Rameau (INRA Versailles and Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, France)
"Strigolactones and derived compounds: apocarotenoids with multiple functions in land plants"
11:35 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:15 pmOuliana Ziouzenkova (Ohio State University, USA)
"Retinoid signaling in B cell development"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
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 - 9:30 pmCAROTENOID AND APOCAROTENOID FUNCTIONS IN DIVERSE ORGANISMS
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion Leader: Asaph Aharoni (Weizmann Institute, Israel)
7:40 pm - 8:05 pmSean Cuttler (University of California-Riverside, USA)
"Chemical and genetic dissection of abscisic acid signaling"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:40 pmJosep Bassaganya-Riera (Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, USA)
"Mechanisms of regulation of inflammation and immunity by abscisic acid"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:15 pmKevin J. McGraw (Arizona State University, USA)
"Carotenoid mechanisms and functions in wild birds"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPHOTOSYNTHESIS AND PHOTOCHEMISTRY
9:00 am - 9:10 am Discussion Leader: Harry Frank (University of Connecticut, USA)
9:10 am - 9:40 amKrishna Niyogi (HHMI/UC Berkeley/ Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
"Regulation of photosynthetic light harvesting in algae"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 10:55 amMichel Havaux (Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, France)
"Nonenzymatic carotenoid oxidation and singlet oxygen signaling in plants"
10:55 am - 11:10 amDiscussion
11:10 am - 11:35 amAna Moore (Arizona State University, USA)
"Carotenoids in artificial photosynthesis and energy transduction"
11:35 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:15 pmMichael Tauber (University of California-San Diego, USA)
"Dynamics of photoexcited carotenoid aggregates: insights from spectroscopy and applications to solar energy conversion"
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAPOCAROTENOIDS IN VISION
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmDiscussion Leader: Paul Bernstein (University of Utah School of Medicine, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:05 pmKris Palczewski (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
"Retinoid isomerization and the retinoid cycle"
8:05 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:40 pmRosalie Crouch (Medical University of South Carolina, USA)
"Spatial Imaging of bis-retinoids in the human eye"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:15 pmAchim Stocker (University of Bern, Switzerland)
"Combined in-situ spectroscopic, X-ray crystallographic and QM/MM studies highlight alternate retinal binding modes in human CRALBP"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

 
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