The Cannabinoid Function in the CNS GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
The 2023 “Cannabinoid Function in the CNS” Gordon Research Seminar will provide a platform for up-and-coming cannabinoid researchers to discuss and propagate their cutting-edge findings in the field of cannabinoid biology with their peers. This seminar is a unique forum designed for graduate students and post-docs to build connections and collaborations with their future colleagues. A primary focus of this meeting will be the application of novel techniques and tools to understand longstanding questions relating to both endogenous cannabinoid signaling, as well as the interaction of exogenous cannabinoids with these native systems. As a conference designed specifically for trainees, this seminar will provide opportunities for graduate students and post-docs to present their work through poster sessions and short talks, and will feature a keynote lecture by Dr. Erin Calipari, a recently established tenure-track faculty member. All sessions will be led by young scientists to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment that fosters inquiry and discussion. Finally, this meeting will showcase the unique and varied career paths available to cannabinoid researchers, both in traditional academic settings and in the industry and biotech sector, through a career mentorship panel.
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 April 9, 2023. 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 May 16, 2023. Please check back for updates.
Erin Calipari (Vanderbilt University, United States)
- To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
Laura Ornelas (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States)
Savannah Lightfoot (University of Calgary, Canada)
- Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
- "Exploring Careers Outside of Academia"
Anissa Bara (Sophion Bioscience, Denmark)
Brian Shonesy (Jazz Pharmaceuticals, United States)