This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
The 2020 GRC on Cytoskeletal Motors continues a tradition of more than 50 years of GRCs focused on how molecular motors work. This meeting has a strong history of uniting biophysicists, structural biologists, and cell biologists and is a premier venue for highlighting the newest and most exciting research in the field. This meeting will bring together leaders in the field studying the mechanism of myosin, kinesin and dynein motors; spanning the range from biophysical studies at the single molecule level to structural studies of motors and motor track complexes to physiologic and pathophysiologic studies of motor function in health and in disease. A major focus will also be on how fundamental studies of the structure and function of each of these motors informs our understanding of how these motors work in ensembles and in cells. Biological questions that will be the subject of presentations at this meeting will include motor-driven intracellular transport and trafficking, motor function in complex cellular assemblies such as mitotic spindles, cilia, and cell cortex, and dynamics of the cytoskeletal tracks that these motors use in their normal function. Cytoskeletal motors also play an important role in human disease, and this conference will have sessions on how molecular motor defects play a role in cardiovascular, neurologic, infectious, and malignant diseases.
Sessions will include presentations both from senior investigators in the field as well as those chosen from abstracts, to further encourage the active participation by junior scientists. There will be a strong emphasis on lively discussion following each talk, with an emphasis on questions from students and postdoctoral fellows. Both the poster sessions and ample free time will provide an atmosphere that favors informal scientific exchanges, fostering the development of new ideas and collaborations.