Our vision for this 2020 GRC on Membrane Transporter Proteins is to link molecular and mechanistic insights on clinically important membrane transporters, including carriers, ion channels and pumps, to physiological function and disease-related malfunction. Sessions will include emerging research on transporter structure, computational and biophysical approaches, including single-molecule techniques, to tackle questions about the trafficking and functioning of these proteins in health and disease.
The unique format of this 5-day conference is designed to maximize productive interaction and discussion between scientists. First, the chairs select attendees from the pool of applicants in order to ensure the very highest caliber of participants, and the attendance is capped at 200. Second, the meetings are held at small, non-urban and fairly isolated locations to minimize distractions and transportation issues. Third, only unpublished research at the absolute frontier of knowledge is presented (both orally and in poster sessions), with an emphasis on extended discussion. To promote the discussion of cutting-edge research, Gordon Research Conferences are officially "off-the-record", and ample time is provided between sessions for informal discussions with fellow attendees and socializing.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- Channelopathies and Transportopathies
- Targeting Transporters for Pharmacotherapies
- Transporter Function and Dysfunction in Metabolism, Diabetes and Obesity
- Invertebrates as Animal Models to Study Transporter Functions
- Na,K-ATPase and Related Pumps
- Neurological and Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Transporters at Play
- New Strategies, Ideas and Techniques to Study Membrane Protein Structure-Function and Trafficking
- Peptides, Hormones and Neurotransmitter Release: The Importance of Transporters in the Gut and Brain
- Detailing Mechanisms of Importers and Exporters