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Autophagy in Stress, Development and Disease
Gordon Research Conference

Autophagy: Basic Biology, Aging and Age-Related Diseases


March 18-23, 2018


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Katja Simon & David C. Rubinsztein

Vice Chairs:
Malene Hansen & Li Yu

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 18, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

Autophagy is a fundamental biological process that impacts nearly all facets of human health, including a number of age-related diseases, such as neurodegeneration, cancer, infection and immunity, inflammation and allergy, metabolic diseases and diabetes, muscle atrophy, as well as the aging process itself. The growing realization of the broad impact of autophagy in human health is in part the result of vigorous scientific exchange facilitated by previous Gordon Research Conferences on autophagy. The 2018 GRC meeting on autophagy will be instrumental in communicating the newest molecular insights of the role and regulation of autophagy in aging and age-related disorders, with the goal of facilitating translation of the presently acquired knowledge into drugs and novel treatments for such diseases.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Autophagy in Stress, Development and Disease" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by November 18, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Lysosome Biology
    (Katja Simon, David Rubinsztein / Juan Bonifacino / Fulvio Reggiori / Patrice Codogno)
  • Lysosomes: The Final Destination for the Autophagosome
    (Juan Bonifacino / J. Paul Luzio / Antonella De Matteis / Marja Jaattela / Andrea Ballabio)
  • Basic Mechanisms of Autophagosome Formation
    (Li Yu / Noboru Mizushima / Tamotsu Yoshimori)
  • Basic Biology of Autophagy
    (Anne Simonsen / Hong Zhang / Sharon Tooze / Claudine Kraft / Zvulun Elazar)
  • Selective Autophagy
    (Zvulun Elazar / Ivan Dikic / Felix Randow / Anne Simonsen)
  • Inflammation and Immunity
    (Ramnik Xavier / Beth Levine / Herbert Virgin / Vojo Deretic)
  • Drug Discovery
    (Guido Kroemer / Christina Eng / Junying Yuan)
  • Age-Related Diseases
    (Beth Levine / Ralph Nixon / Kevin Ryan / Tor Rusten / Ramnik Xavier)
  • Autophagy in Aging
    (Malene Hansen / Guido Kroemer / Ana Maria Cuervo / Nektarios Tavernarakis)
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