The Intermediate Filaments GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
The inclusive and relaxed nature of this meeting creates a low-pressure environment for young scientists to engage in motivating discussions with their peers. It also allows them to obtain valuable feedback from experienced mentors in the field. This two-day event is ideal to “break the ice”, especially for first-time attendees, in a fun and social setting before the main Gordon Research Conference (GRC).
Intermediate filaments are a large group of cytoskeletal and nucleoskeletal elements. On one hand, their biophysical properties allow them to assemble into durable, yet dynamic networks that are at the heart of subcellular, cellular, and tissue organization. On the other hand, their mechanical and biochemical properties allow them to respond to mechanical and biochemical cues and be actively engaged in cell signaling and transcriptional regulation.
This GRS will focus on novel innovative ideas to study the structure, function, and disease mechanisms of intermediate filaments. Discussions of the latest findings will shed light on the latest advances in biophysical, imaging, cell, and molecular biology techniques as well as the technical limitations in intermediate filament research. The program consists of a keynote speaker session, platform talks, and poster presentations with ample discussion time. This GRS will also feature a career development panel that will allow young scientists to gain a deeper understanding of scientific careers after graduate school. This session will be in a format that will allow an active discussion between professionals and young scientists.
Overall, this GRS will provide an enriching scientific and mentorship experience along with opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations between pioneering early-career researchers. In doing so, this program will confidently propel the field forward by solving common problems and unanswered questions.
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 March 10, 2024. 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.