The aim of this Gordon Research Seminar on Epigenomics of Diabetes and Other Metabolic Diseases is to provide a platform of cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration for graduate students, postdocs and young investigators from different fields who are interested in or want to contribute to diabetes research.
Diabetes is a multi-system disease due to complex interactions amongst, albeit not limited to, genetic, perinatal, environmental, lifestyle and dietary factors. Recent findings of highly modifiable nature of blood glucose and other related cardiometabolic, renal or inflammatory traits have suggested epigenetics as an important underlying mechanism through which external and internal factors can alter gene expression and result in different disease trajectories and outcomes. With the rapid development sequencing technologies, large multiomic datasets have emerged in the past decades. These molecular-based data, if integrated with clinical datasets from epidemiological surveys and interventional studies, can provide a powerful resource for discovery of new biology, companion diagnostics and precision medicine.
The slogan of this GRS is "Meet Peers, Make Friends, and Learn from Seniors". Participants are expected to share their work, expertise, and ideas with each other. We have also invited global leaders and experts in the field of basic and clinical research, data analysis and pharmaceutical sciences to deliberate on the role of epigenomics in diabetes research. By attending this GRS, we hope the participants can gather knowledge on techniques, skills, and gain experiences that can benefit their 1) Current projects; 2) Next projects; and 3) Research Career. Hence, we encourage early-stage scientists who attend the associated GRC to actively participate in the GRS, by giving either an oral or a poster presentation. Furthermore, financial support may be available for selected presenters coming from abroad. Please contact the conference organizers for more details.
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 February 23, 2020. 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.