The Gordon Research Seminar on “Barriers of the CNS” is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other junior scientists to present and exchange unpublished, original data, and cutting edge ideas. The focus of this meeting is to encourage young scientists from the CNS Barriers field and related disciplines, to present their latest findings and novel methods for input and discussion with peers and selected faculty mentors having a broad array of knowledge and skills. The collegial atmosphere of this meeting provides an opportunity for budding scientists from different disciplines to brainstorm and obtain the highest level of positive input and critical analysis to promote advancements in the field.
The 2018 5th GRS includes fundamental and applied research on brain barriers encompassing the blood-brain barrier, blood-CSF barrier, and the blood-retinal barrier. Topics discussed will range from barrier development, contribution of the neurovascular unit to normal and diseased states as well as to drug delivery across the barriers. Current innovations in barrier modeling and novel strategies to support CNS drug delivery of small molecules and biologics will be discussed. Finally, the GRS will include a special mentorship session where an expert panel will review securing funding sources from both private and public sources.
The seminar 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 seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 16, 2018. 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 Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.
An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The seminar 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 16, 2018. Please check back for updates.
Aaron Johnson (Mayo Clinic, USA)
"CD8 T Cell-Mediated Disruption of the Blood-Brain Barrier in Experimental Models of Human Neurologic Disease"
- To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
Helga De Vries (VU University Medical Center, The Netherlands)
Aaron Johnson (Mayo Clinic, USA)
- Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
- "Fundraising from Private and Public Sources"
N. Joan Abbott (King's College London, United Kingdom)
Jessica Plavicki (Brown University, USA)
Stina Syvänen (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Noel Derecki (Janssen, USA)