Cell-cell fusion is a fundamental cellular process in fertilization, development, and regeneration. The past two decades have witnessed significant progress in understanding how cells fusion, highlighted by the discovery of transmembrane fusogens in various cell fusion events and the discovery of an asymmetric fusogenic synapse, where mechanical forces generated by actin polymerization and actomyosin contraction promote cell membrane fusion. Despite the diversity of cell types and organisms that undergo fusion, some common mechanisms started to emerge. The 2020 Gordon Conference on Cell-Cell Fusion will bring together an outstanding and diverse group of investigators to discuss the latest advances in cell-cell fusion and membrane fusion research. The conference is highly multidisciplinary and involves approaches in genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, super-resolution microscopy, and cryo-EM and tomography.
Invited talks cover a range of topics including intracellular membrane fusion, virus-cell fusion, membrane organization and lipids, cell-cell fusogens, adhesion molecules and actin cytoskeleton in cell fusion, diverse cell fusion systems, as well as cell fusion and diseases. In addition to invited speakers, several short talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts, and interactive poster sessions will be presented throughout the meeting. A number of travel reimbursements will be allocated for young investigators. Applicants are encouraged to submit a brief abstract describing their current studies and to indicate whether they wish to be considered for a talk or present a poster. For full consideration, applicants interested in presenting a short talk should submit their application by March 5, 2019.
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.
- Keynote Session: Organelle Dynamics in Cell Fusion
- Intracellular Membrane Fusion
- Virus-Cell Fusion
- Cell-Cell Fusogens
- Adhesion Molecules in Cell Fusion
- Actin Cytoskeleton in Cell Fusion
- Membrane Organization and Lipids
- Diverse Cell Fusion Systems
- Cell Fusion and Disease