The Epithelial Differentiation and Keratinization GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The conference program includes a diverse range of speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, concentrating on the latest developments in the field. The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field.
The GRC-EDK showcases the latest conceptual and technological advances in epithelial biology which has consistently moved the field forward with direct impact on human health. To maintain the pre-eminent quality of past meetings, this meeting in 2023 entitled “Novel mechanisms of regulation in epithelial biology and their implication in physiology, aging and disease” aims to bring together preeminent speakers at the forefront of stem cell biology, cancer, regenerative medicine, immunity, aging, epigenetics, skin diseases, novel single cell molecular technologies, global genomics, and novel therapies. The objectives and long-term plans of this conference is to present and discuss the latest developments in these different fields of expertise through both formal and informal discussion as well as generate new opportunities of synergistic team approaches towards future discoveries and novel therapeutic prospects to advance the field as a whole. The excellence of the science is rooted into the diversity with respect to topic, location and gender. Over 20% of speakers are from outside the immediate field, 85% did not speak in the 2019 meeting, and over 30% of oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts to accommodate late breaking exciting stories and ensure plentiful speaking opportunities for early career investigators and trainees. The relatively isolated location and residential nature of the 2023 conference, and the informal afternoon periods, maximize opportunities for scientific discussions, mentoring interactions and new collaborations. Finally, a GRC Power Hour on the first day of the conference will catalyze important discussions for ways to recognize and tackle discriminations in science. For 2023, we will continue our commitment to trainee mentorship through the fifth Gordon Research Seminar on Epithelial Differentiation and Keratinization (GRS-EDK), immediately preceding the GRC-EDK. The GRS is organized and featured by trainee scientists providing a unique opportunity to not only discuss their science in an informal supportive setting but also to network with peers and develop life-long collaborations. The GRS-EDK will also feature a career mentoring panel discussion with special emphases on transitioning to career independence, careers in academia versus industry, and the importance of gender and racial diversity within science. Collectively, these programs will concentrate on three fundamental areas 1) moving forward cutting-edge research in the area of skin biology; 2) promoting translation of key research findings to clinical practice, and 3) furthering the careers of early stage investigators and trainees to maintain the highest level of innovation of this field.
The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include 9 sessions and the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. Please check back regularly for updates to this information.