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Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology
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24 Months

Conference Description

The Gordon Research Conference on Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Biology has been running since 1992, when Roger Laine and Glynn Dawson chaired the first meeting. The subsequent seven meetings have been held in Italy, Japan and Ventura - the geographical distribution of the conferences reflects the important contributions of European, Japanese and American scientists to this field.

Multiple functions have been ascribed to sphingolipids and glycolipids, and one of the challenges over the past couple of decades has been to make sense of the intracellular signaling functions ascribed, mainly to ceramide and sphingosine-1-phosphate, and of the functions ascribed to complex glycolipids, mainly in events that occur at the cell surface. Elucidation of the exact function(s) that specific sphingolipids and glycolipids play in cell physiology, and how these functions are integrated and regulated, have been major focuses of recent conferences.

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology
The Biochemistry, Biophysics and Physiology of Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Biology
Feb 11-16 Hotel Galvez Mark Kester
2016 Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology
Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Homeostasis and Function in Health and Disease
Mar 6-11 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Howard Riezman
2014 Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology
Mechanisms Regulating Glycolipids and Sphingolipids in Physiology and Disease
Jan 12-17 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Walter M. Holleran
2012 Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology Apr 22-27 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Yasuyuki Igarashi
2010 Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology Feb 7-12 Ventura Beach Marriott Lina M. Obeid
2008 Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology Feb 17-22 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Gerrit Van Meer
2006 Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology Jan 8-13 Crowne Plaza Tony Futerman
2004 Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology Jul 25-30 SPring-8 Akemi Suzuki
2002 Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology Jan 27 - Feb 1 Crowne Plaza Alfred H. Merrill
2000 Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology May 14-19 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Guido Tettamanti
1998 Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology Jan 11-16 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Sarah Spiegel
1996 Glycolipids & Sphingolipids, Structure and Biological Function of Sep 29 - Oct 4 Naito Museum of Pharmaceutical Science & Industry Yoshitaka Nagai
1995 Glycolipids & Sphingolipids, Structure and Function of Jan 15-20 Crowne Plaza Roger A. Laine
1992 Glycolipids & Sphingolipids, Structure and Function of Nov 15-20 Turtle Bay Hilton Glyn Dawson
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