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Excitatory Synapses & Brain Function (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Signaling at the Synapse — Mechanisms of Modulation and Plasticity


May 27-28, 2017


Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland Site Information


Paul R. Evans & Andrea K. Globa

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by April 29, 2017. 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 February 27, 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 Excitatory Synapses and Brain Function 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 recent advances on mechanisms of excitatory synaptic plasticity and modulation of excitatory synaptic function, with a focus on key signaling events underlying these processes. The meeting will empower young bench scientists to showcase their work in a welcoming environment of peers, while also providing a venue for professional development through a career development and mentoring panel composed of leaders from different research sectors including academia, government, and industry.

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 February 27, 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.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Excitatory Synapses & Brain Function" 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.


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: Experiential Plasticity and Behavior
Discussion Leader: Paul Evans (Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, USA)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmManuel Mameli (The University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
"Plasticity in Habenular Circuits for Aversive and Depressive States"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmMechanisms of Excitatory Synaptic Plasticity
Discussion Leaders: Brittney Cox (University of California, Irvine, USA) and Michael Loureiro (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmAshley Bourke (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
"Dynamic Regulation of Recycling Endosome Cargo Trafficking by Local Synaptic Activity"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmMaria Japel (Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie, FMP Berlin, Germany)
"Intersectin1 Facilitates Presynaptic Release Site Clearance of SNARE Complexes"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmAlicia Purkey (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
"Requirement of AKAP79/150 Palmitoylation in Synaptic Plasticity"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmBrooke Sinnen (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
"Determining the Mechanism of β-Amyloid Induced NMDA Receptor Dysfunction"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amDevelopment and Modulation of Excitatory Synapses
Discussion Leaders: Sivakumar Sambandan (Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany) and Santiago Rompani (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland)
9:00 am - 9:20 amHaider Altimimi (McGill University, Canada)
"Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Governs the Synaptic and Behavioral Response to Stress"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amGiordano Lippi (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"MicroRNAs Instruct the Development of the Excitatory Input to Balance Adult Networks"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amTiago Campelo (Interdisciplinary Institute for NeuroScience, CNRS / University of Bordeaux, France)
"In Vivo Dynamics of AMPARs During Experience-Dependent Cortical Plasticity"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amAdil Khan (Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland)
"Learning Changes the Selectivity and Interactions of Excitatory and Inhibitory Cell Classes in Visual Cortex"
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: Career Panel Discussion
Discussion Leader: Andrea Globa (University of British Columbia, Canada)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Successful Career Strategies for Junior Scientists"
  • Claudia Bagni (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Stephan Lammel (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Karen Zito (University of California, Davis, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13NS101855-01 from the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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