The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Parkinson's Disease is a two-day meeting immediately preceding the main Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and brings together trainee scientists (graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience) across neuroscience disciplines and from varied backgrounds and positions around the common theme of Parkinson's disease research. This meeting will focus on creating connections across disciplines, between scientists from academic, government, and industry research groups. Although research interests are diverse at the Gordon Research Seminar, the intersecting research fields between young scientists and their mutual interest to advance medical research and understand the underlying disease processes brings together the best young scientists in the world. This conference is an important opportunity for graduate and post-doctoral trainees to interact and present their research at a cutting-edge conference in the field.
The 2021 GRS will allow for trainees to participate in platform, poster, and patient presentations along with a career panel featuring scientists across a multitude of careers including academia, industry, and foundations. The scientific focus of the GRS will allow for trainees to hear and present on various aspects of dysfunctions and therapeutics in Parkinson’s disease. Briefly, this will encompass molecular, cellular, and circuit pathologies in Parkinson’s disease, including potential therapeutics used to combat and reduce these dysfunctions.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 12, 2021. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.
An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The seminar chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by April 12, 2021. Please check back for updates.
Aryn Gittis (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
- To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
Malu Tansey (University of Florida College of Medicine, USA)
Alexandra Nelson (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
- Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts
- "Parkinson's up Close: A Patient's Perspective to Parkinson's Disease / Panel: What Comes Next? Constructing a Path to Independence"
Mark Cookson (National Institute on Aging, NIH, USA)
Matthew Fell (Merck Research Laboratories, USA)
Ekemini Riley (Aligning Science Across Parkinson's (ASAP) Initiative, USA)
Allison Smith (Perky Parkie, USA)