The Gordon Research Seminar on Barriers of the CNS is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange unpublished, original data and cutting-edge ideas. The GRS is a platform for discussion and networking with peers and selected faculty in a collegial and informal atmosphere.
This seminar will explore new and exciting translational research in the CNS barriers and related fields, as well as investigate novel technologies which enable such research. Topics in the seminar will focus on the components, structure, and homeostatic functions of the dynamic CNS barriers in the healthy CNS and examine the altered processes which occur with aging and pathology. Understanding how the barriers function, how the barriers change with age and disease, and how to overcome the barriers for drug delivery will improve our ability to translate medicines to the clinic. The GRS also provides opportunities for mentorship from junior and senior investigators. This is facilitated through a dedicated mentorship session and discussion during poster sessions and presentations, and will help prepare young scientists to participate in the Barriers of the CNS Gordon Research Conference (GRC). We encourage every young scientist who wants to attend the Barriers of the CNS Gordon Research Conference also to apply for the GRS.
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 13, 2020. 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.