This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule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 Lysosomes and Endocytosis Gordon Research Conference began in 1967, chaired by Christian de Duve shortly before he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the lysosome and its role in the turnover of cellular macromolecules. Today, the lysosome is also recognized as a central node within signaling networks that regulate cellular metabolism, growth, and interactions with pathogens. Accordingly, as knowledge of the lysosome and the regulatory pathways that converge on it have grown over the years, the focus of the conference has evolved beyond the core topics of lysosome biogenesis and lysosome-mediated degradation, to include broader perspectives regarding the roles of the endo-lysosomal system in cell and organismal physiology and development, in protection from pathogens, and of adaptations that confer specialized roles in neurons, immune cells, pigmented cells, polarized epithelial cells and other cell types. The 2020 conference will bring to bear research into the mechanisms of inter-organelle trafficking pathways leading to the lysosome toward an appreciation of the adaptations of the endo-lysosomal system that confer specialized physiological functions.