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Glial Biology: Functional Interactions Among Glia & Neurons (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Neuron-Glia Interactions in Health and Disease


March 4-5, 2017


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


Lasse Dissing-Olesen & Sarah D. Ackerman

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was February 4, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar in Glial Biology brings together young investigators from all fields of glial research to present and discuss their most recent discoveries for the 24 hours leading up to the Gordon Research Conference in Glial Biology 2017.

The overall aim of this seminar is to provide a forum for exchanging unpublished discoveries, unsolved issues, and new methods at the forefront of glial biology in health and disease. The scientific goal is to improve the understanding of the functional role of glia in the nervous system by focusing on topics such as, but not limited to, glial regulation of synapse formation and maturation as well as neuron and glial-glial interactions and heterogeneity. All participants will have the opportunity to present their work via poster presentations, and platform presentations will be chosen from abstracts of unpublished stories submitted by select trainees.

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 December 4, 2016. 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 "Glial Biology: Functional Interactions Among Glia & Neurons" 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

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Anecdotes and Advice on a Career in Glial Research
Discussion Leader: Dorothy Schafer (University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmBen Barres (Stanford University, USA)
"Anecdotes and Advice on a Career in Glial Research"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmGlial Cell Dysfunction and Disease
Discussion Leader: Grant Gordon (University of Calgary, Canada)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmAmy Gleichman (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Reactive Astrocyte Heterogeneity: Structural and Functional Differences Within and Between Brain Regions Post-Stroke"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmUkpong Eyo (Rutgers University, USA)
"Insights into Microglial-Neuronal Physical Interactions Following Experimental Seizures"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmRavi Rungta (INSERM U1128 / Universite Paris Descartes, France)
"Optical Control of Cerebral Blood Flow in Naïve (ChR2 Negative) Mice"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmLouis-Philippe Bernier (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Microglia Rapidly Adopt a Filopodia-Rich Phenotype During Hypoxia by Sensing Tissue Acidosis"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmDaniel Wilton (Boston Children's Hospital, USA)
"Microglia Mediate Early Loss of Specific Synaptic Connections in Huntington's Disease"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amGlial Cell Development and Heterogeneity
Discussion Leader: Ye Zhang (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amChristopher Bohlen (Stanford University School of Medicine, USA)
"Serum-Free Microglial Cultures Reveal Diverse Requirements for Survival, Phagocytosis, and Specification"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amBlanca Diaz Castro (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
"Assessing Astrocyte Diversity in Neural Circuits: Proteomics and Transcriptomics"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amVilaiwan Fernandes (New York University, USA)
"Glia Induce Neuronal Differentiation in the Lamina of the Drosophila Visual System"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amLaura Fontenas (University of Virginia, USA)
"Exploring Glial Interactions Across the Motor Exit Point During Nervous System Development"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amBreanne Harty (Washington University School of Medicine, USA)
"Fbxw7 Cell-Autonomously Regulates Schwann Cell Development and Myelination via mTOR-Dependent and -Independent Mechanisms"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
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 pmGlial Cell Function in Homeostasis
Discussion Leader: Michelle Monje (Stanford University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmThomas Papouin (Tufts University School of Medicine, USA)
"Cholinergic Transmission Tunes the Astrocyte-Dependent Gating of NMDA Receptors to Wakefulness"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmWendy Wang (Rockefeller University, USA)
"The Ig-Like and Fibronectin Domain-Containing Protein IGDB-2 and Ion Channel LGC-34 Promote Amphid Channel Morphogenesis in C. elegans"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmAmit Agarwal (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Astrocyte Microdomain Ca2+ Transients Arise from Transient Opening of the Mitochondrial Permeability Transition Pore"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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