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Plasminogen Activation and Extracellular Proteolysis (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Harnessing the Therapeutic Potential of Extracellular Proteolysis


February 10-11, 2018


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information


Marta H. Kubala & Amelia Tomkins

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 13, 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.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by November 10, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Plasminogen Activation and Extracellular Proteolysis is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

This meeting will highlight the breadth of potential that extracellular proteolysis holds for the treatment of diseases, including (but not limited to): cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, cancer, and disorders of the central nervous system. This GRS will showcase the work of young investigators within topics of: molecular mechanisms of plasminogen pathway and extracellular proteolysis and their function in homeostasis; regulation of innate immune responses and inflammation; and thrombosis, hemostasis and tissue repair. The meeting will conclude with a panel discussion of scientists who have had experience with "bench-to-bedside" research by translating their basic science discoveries to clinical trials.

Young scientists are encouraged to present their important research in the form of a poster or an oral presentation. Interested applicants are welcome to submit abstracts. Please do not hesitate to contact the chairs if you have any questions or concerns.

Application Instructions

The meeting 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 Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by November 10, 2017. 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 Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Plasminogen Activation and Extracellular Proteolysis" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


National Institutes of Health - National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) - The Saban Research Institute
The University of Sydney - Heart Research Institute

Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference 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 December 10, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Valerie Weaver (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
    "Biophysical Properties of the Extracellular Matrix and Tumor Progression"


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Discussion Panel: From Bench to Startup - How to Commercialize Basic Research Discovery"

  • Paul Declerck (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13HL138732-01 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the NIH; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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