The 2021 Gordon Research Conference on Bioenergetics will bring together scientists from a broad range of scientific disciplines interested in the molecular and cellular aspects of energy converting processes in prokaryotes, parasites and mitochondria. The meeting will promote an integrated, applied and multidisciplinary view of bioenergetics. It will focus broadly on the following areas. First, on rapidly advancing developments in the structure, function and regulation of the membrane integral multiprotein complexes of biological energy conversion, like Complexes I-IV of the electron transport chain and F1Fo-ATP synthases and closely related V1V0-ATPases. Second, how bioenergetic enzymes can be exploited as drug targets in human diseases, including in cancer, mitochondrial and neurodegenerative diseases, with an additional focus on targeting the bioenergetic enzymes of microbial and Eukaryotic (parasites) pathogens. Third, on the mechanisms and functions of the bioenergetic complexes in the cell – not only in the production of energy, but a significant contribution to stress, and the essential support of many diverse cellular metabolic pathways. A major goal of the meeting is to provide a platform for researchers on every level to present their most recent findings (whether in a formal scientific session or as a poster presentation) and to engage in active and stimulating discussions. The poster and poster discussion sessions have traditionally been a highlight of Bioenergetics Gordon Conferences. The posters offer an opportunity for junior investigators to actively participate in the meeting by presenting their own research. Finally, the meeting seeks to generate an environment most conducive for young scientists to interact with established investigators in the field.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.
- Keynote Session: ATP Synthase in Health and Disease
- Structures and Functions of Supercomplex Assemblies
- The Diversity and Complexity of Complex I
- Structures and Mechanisms of Complex Redox Enzymes
- Disruption of Bioenergetic Networks to Combat Drug Resistance
- Late-Breaking Topics
- Mitochondria Function in Health and Disease, and New Strategies for Therapy
- V-type ATPases: Molecular Machines and Drug Targets
- Bioenergetics on the Single Molecule Level