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Marine Natural Products
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The Marine Natural Products GRC has been held every two years in California since 1975. At that time, the isolation and structure elucidation of new compounds from marine macro-organisms, marine toxins and their pharmacology were the main stream of MNP research. Topics were gradually shifted to more diverse areas, e.g. discovery of bioactive metabolites, especially potential drugs such as anticancer leads from various marine organisms, including algae, sponges, coelenterates, mollusks, echinoderms, and tunicates, methodologies of structural elucidation, chemical ecology, especially chemical defense, modes of action of bioactive compounds, chemical synthesis, and biosynthesis. More recently, the Conference has expanded to the multidisciplinary research field, and drug discovery has been more pronounced and hitherto untouched resources such as microbes and deep sea organisms have been explored. In this context, the supply issue became one of important topics which includes aquaculture of important marine organisms as drug sources, symbiosis, functional genomics, and metagenomics. Of course, studies on modes of action of MNPs are important, which are not only ubiquitous for drug development, but also lead to development of marine-derived research tools. Therefore, molecular biology, chemical biology, and chemical genomics are emerging topics in the MNP GRC. Analysis of molecular basis for intra- and interspecific interactions of marine organisms deepens our understanding of various phenomena in marine environments, e.g. symbiosis, biofouling, defense, and reproduction, all of which are important topics in the conference.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Marine Natural Products" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Marine Natural Products
Innovations in Marine Natural Products Research: From Discovery to Application
Mar 4-9 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Paul R. Jensen
2016 Marine Natural Products
Insights into Marine Natural Products from the Field, Lab and Clinic
Mar 6-11 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Julia Kubanek
2014 Marine Natural Products
From Discovery to Human Health
Mar 2-7 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Bradley S. Moore
2012 Marine Natural Products Feb 26 - Mar 2 Ventura Beach Marriott Amy E. Wright
2010 Marine Natural Products Feb 28 - Mar 5 Ventura Beach Marriott Guy T. Carter
2008 Marine Natural Products Feb 24-29 Ventura Beach Marriott Phillip Crews
2006 Marine Natural Products Feb 26 - Mar 3 Ventura Beach Marriott Nobuhiro Fusetani
2004 Marine Natural Products Feb 22-27 Ventura Beach Marriott Tadeusz F. Molinski
2002 Marine Natural Products Feb 24 - Mar 1 Ventura Beach Marriott Alison Butler
2000 Marine Natural Products Feb 27 - Mar 3 Ventura Beach Marriott Valerie J. Paul
1998 Marine Natural Products Feb 22-27 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express John Cardellini
1996 Marine Natural Products Feb 25 - Mar 1 Ventura Beach Marriott William H. Gerwick
1994 Marine Natural Products Feb 20-25 Ventura Beach Marriott Raymond Andersen
1992 Marine Natural Products Feb 17-21 Ventura Beach Marriott Chris M. Ireland
1990 Marine Natural Products Feb 19-23 Ventura Beach Marriott Jon Clardy
1988 Marine Natural Products Feb 29 - Mar 4 Casa Sirena Hotel Richard E. Moore
1986 Marine Natural Products Feb 3-7 Casa Sirena Hotel William H. Fenical
1984 Marine Natural Products Feb 13-17 Miramar Hotel James Sims
1981 Marine Natural Products Jun 22-26 Crowne Plaza D. John Faulkner
1979 Marine Natural Products Jun 25-29 Miramar Hotel Francis J. Schmitz
1977 Marine Natural Products Jun 20-24 Miramar Hotel Yuzuru Shimizu
1975 Marine Natural Products Jun 30 - Jul 4 Miramar Hotel Paul J. Scheuer
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