The Biology of Host-Parasite Interactions Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and its associated GRS provide a rare and valuable opportunity for postdocs and graduate students to present their work in front of many of the luminaries of the field. The 2020 editions of the meetings will focus on the latest, unpublished research into the basis of pathogenesis in parasitic disease as well as methods for translating these findings into new therapeutic and preventative strategies. In addition, for the first time, we will devote a session of the meeting to communicating scientific findings to the public and to policy makers, something that has not been emphasized in the past and we believe is necessary for maintaining public support for fundamental discovery scientific research, particularly in today's often divisive political climate. Both the GRC and GRS will focus on cutting edge research into understanding the cellular, molecular and immunological basis of the diseases caused by parasitic infections as well as methods to treat and prevent these diseases. Many of the diseases caused by these organisms remain neglected despite the substantial burden they inflict on large regions of the world. The GRC and GRS fill a critical need, providing a venue for the exchange of ideas and establishment of collaborations between leaders in the fields of parasite biology, pathogenesis and drug discovery and intervention strategies. The GRC is the only international forum where the leading researchers from the full spectrum of parasite research come together. The program follows the well-established template provided by GRC, including ample opportunity for informal interactions. Unlike other, more narrowly focused meetings that concentrate on specific pathogens, the Host-Parasite Interactions GRC and GRS are unique in providing an opportunity for a broad discussion of all topics in the field of parasitology, including important discoveries in both the basic and translational areas, and catalyzing cross-fertilization of ideas between sub-disciplines.
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. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- New Intervention Strategies Reaching the Marketplace
- Sexual Differentiation and Quorum Sensing
- Immunology and Immuno-Suppression
- Genome Instability
- Parasite Motility and Invasion
- Parasite Dormancy and Persistence
- Molecular Biology and Gene Expression
- Host Cell Responses and Manipulation by Parasites
- Metabolism and Drug Targets