This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule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 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.