The 2020 Gordon Research Conference on Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology will bring together neuroscientists from academia and industry to discuss the latest breakthroughs in the study of the nervous system. Recent technological innovations, including optogenetics, genome editing, tissue clearing, super resolution microscopy, and single cell sequencing have empowered the study of the brain at an unprecedented level of detail. Scientific sessions will highlight recent discoveries on the development of the nervous system, synaptic function, neural circuits underlying behavior, brain imaging and connectomics, and molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurological diseases, including neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders. A major goal of this international conference will be to foster interactions among scientists at all levels and from different backgrounds in order to stimulate new collaborations and directions of neuroscience research. Discussion will be encouraged both in the scientific sessions as well as during time set aside for more informal interactions. To promote the next generation of neuroscientists, short talks will be selected from abstracts submitted by students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members. The GRC will also feature a Power Hour, an informal session for all attendees to discuss challenges women face in science and to support the professional growth of women by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring. Finally, this GRC will be preceded by a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, which will feature a keynote speaker and be open only to students and postdoctoral fellows. The GRS will serve as a forum for trainees to broaden their peer network and will complement the GRC in bringing together scientists from around the world to discuss and identify new directions in molecular and cellular neurobiology.
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.
- Keynote Session: Mechanisms of Neurological Disease
- Development of the Nervous System
- Synapses and Synaptic Function
- Neural Circuits and Behavior
- Brain Imaging and Connectomics
- Genetics and Epigenetics of the Nervous System
- Sensory Systems
- Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration and Regeneration
- Keynote Session: Advanced Technologies for Neuroscience