The Protein Processing, Trafficking and Secretion GRS provides a unique forum for young doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss new methods, cutting edge ideas, and pre-published data, as well as to build collaborative relationships with their peers. Experienced mentors and trainee moderators will facilitate active participation in scientific discussion to allow all attendees to be engaged participants rather than spectators.
This two-day, international conference hosted in rural New Hampshire is located and structured to maximize discussion and informal interaction amongst attendees, creating a scientific community that lasts beyond the GRS. The conference will begin with a keynote address by a leader in the field, allowing younger investigators the opportunity to interact with a distinguished scientist over the course of the meeting. Later, all attendees will present their exciting, ideally unpublished, findings at poster sessions, with ample time for discussion. Additionally, a subset of attendees will be invited to give oral presentations and share particularly impactful developments in the field. The conference will conclude with a panel focused on careers that are alternative to the traditional academic route and can be achieved with a PhD, allowing attendees to learn more about biotechnology, consulting, and others fields. Protein processing, secretion and trafficking are heavily intertwined processes that are crucial for maintaining the proper localization, maturation, and function of lipids and proteins. Not surprisingly, these processes are essential for cellular homeostasis, and their dysfunction leads to numerous and diverse diseases including diabetes, neurological diseases, and others. This conference will span from the fundamental mechanisms to the translational applications of these processes. Specifically, this GRS will focus on topics present in the associated GRC, including protein processing and folding; membrane trafficking amongst organelles including the ER, Golgi, TGN, autophagosomes, and lysosomes; pathogenic states that result from dysfunction of these processes, including neurological diseases and diabetes; and the role of biomolecular condensates in these processes. Through poster sessions, oral presentations, and informal interactions including meals, this conference is designed to establish collaborations and friendships amongst researchers working on these important and complex topics.
The seminar 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 seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 7, 2024. 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 Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.