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Carotenoids (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Carotenoid Biosynthesis, Functions, and Application to Human Health


May 21-22, 2016


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy


Darwin Babino & Maria Sulli

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Carotenoids 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.

The focus of this meeting is to explore the broad spectrum of the carotenoid field, from basic to applied research. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: carotenoid biosynthesis and regulation; carotenoids in photosynthesis and plastids, breeding and metabolic engineering for human health; apocarotenoid biogenesis and functions; pro-vitamin A biology, carotenoids and disease prevention and aging; and carotenoids in vision and retinal health.

We are delighted to announce the participation of two eminent leaders in the carotenoid field with a particular focus on human health and nutrition. Dean DellaPenna (University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University) will deliver the keynote address and Manfred Eggersdorfer (Senior Vice President Nutrition Science, DSM Nutritional Products and Professor for Healthy Ageing, University of Groningen) will be our career development speaker.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Carotenoids" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: A Career in Academia
Discussion Leader: Salim Al-Babili (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmDean Dellapenna (Michigan State University, USA)
"A Retrospective on My 25 Years as a Carotenoid Interloper"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmKey Proteins Involved in Carotenoid Metabolism
Discussion Leader: Philip Kiser (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmMatthew Toomey (Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, USA)
"Selective Carotenoid Metabolism Enhances Avian Color Vision"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmPaula Calvo (University of Queensland, Australia)
"High Temperature During Kernel Development Significantly Increases Carotenoid Concentration of Zeaxanthin-Biofortified and Yellow Sweet-Corn"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmAndrea Gille (Max Rubner-Institut, Germany)
"Optimization of Bioaccessibility of Carotenoids from Microalgae"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmCharles Ampomah-Dwamena (Plant and Food Research, New Zealand)
"Analysis of Transcription Factors Controlling Carotenoid Accumulation in Apple"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amPhysiological Functions of Carotenoids in Living Organisms
Discussion Leaders: Johannes Von Lintig (Case Western Reserve University, USA) and Ralf Welsch (University of Freiburg, Germany)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAlexandra Dickinson (Duke University, USA)
"Identifying Apocarotenoid Regulators of Lateral Root Formation"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amRobert West (University of South Bohemia in Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic)
"Comparison of Transient Absorption Response in Human Retina and Monarch Larva Lutein-Binding Homologs"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amDaniel Alvarez (University of Freiburg, Germany)
"Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Carotenoid Biosynthesis in Arabidopsis"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amMorgan Cichon (Ohio State University, USA)
"New Insight into the Presence and Formation of β-Apo-13-Carotenone in Foods and Biological Samples"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: A Career in Industry
Discussion Leader: Giovanni Giuliano (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Italy)
1:30 pm - 2:10 pmManfred Eggersdorfer (DSM, Switzerland)
"Caroteniod R+D, Quo Vadis – My Personal Experience"
2:10 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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