The program for the GRS was developed by co-chairs Drs. Xu Zhang (Weill Cornell Medical College) and Matthew Gould (University of Glasgow, Scotland). The GRS will include a keynote address by Dr. Photini Sinnis (Johns Hopkins University), who is an eminent scientist in the field of malaria transmission, as well as a panel discussion on the subject of career development. In addition, there will be 12 talks presented by student and postdoc attendees. The speakers will be selected by the co-chairs. The meeting will also include two poster sessions. Three faculty mentors have been invited to attend the meeting to provide different career perspective. These include Veronica Jimenez Ortiz (University of California at Fullerton), Photini Sinnis (Johns Hopkins University) and Lisa Purcell (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals). These individuals represent a wide range of parasites and also represent both industry and academia. The co-chairs of the GRC will also be in attendance to provide additional guidance to the students and postdocs.
The seminar will focus on the molecular and cellular basis of eukaryotic parasites and their interactions with their hosts. Topics include parasite motility, immunology and immune evasion, drug development and resistance, metabolism, protein trafficking, gene expression and parasite evolution. Additional topics will be considered based on submitted abstracts.
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.