This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule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 guiding principle of this conference is to convene and highlight the latest advances in our understanding of ion channel structure, physiological roles of channels, and ion channel defects that underlie disease, which could form the basis for treatment strategies. The 2020 iteration of the Ion Channels GRC will turn toward the roles of ion channels in health and disease, with sessions organized around advances in our understanding of structure, function, and diseases related to the spectrum of ion channels. The sessions will combine viewpoints on channel function in health, with "channelopathies" underlying diabetes, immunodeficiency, sensory deficits, epilepsy, arrhythmias, and other disease. Our diverse panel of speakers and discussion leaders are selected to maximize the perspectives presented, and stimulate lively discussion among all participants. In addition, scientific discussion will be facilitated and promoted at four poster sessions throughout the week, so that all meeting attendees will have the opportunity to make scientific connections that are critical to moving the field forward. Although "Ion Channels" is a long-standing and well established conference, we uphold a tradition of bringing new speakers and young investigators front-and-center, for presentation of new ideas and discoveries, with many opportunities for interaction among students and researchers at all career stages in a most collegial setting.