The Gordon Research Seminar on Proteolytic Enzymes & Their Inhibitors 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 highlight recent developments in the field of protease biology including the five classes of proteases (aspartic, cysteine, metallo, serine and threonine) and their inhibitors. The discussions will center on the role of these enzymes in regulating the complex biological processes involved in development, tissue homeostasis, immune regulation and diseases such as immune disorders, cardiovascular and pathogenic diseases, and cancer.
Proteases act in the context of complex cascades, networks and pathways, thereby creating a multifaceted universe of protein-protein interactions. This web of protein interactions is not static but dynamic and is further modulated in disease states. The emergence of genomics and proteomics has revolutionized how we view proteases, their substrates and their inhibitors at the levels of whole organisms.
The GRS attendees are also suggested to attend the related GRC on Proteolytic Enzymes and their Inhibitors (Chair, James C. Whisstock and Vice Chair, Johanna Joyce). This meeting will indeed have a strong representation from the next generation of scientists (and bring down the median age of attendees!).
The second GRS on Proteolytic Enzymes and their Inhibitors will feature oral presentations, two poster sessions and a career panel to advise on and discuss the range of career paths available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Looking forward to seeing everyone is beautiful Tuscany.
Antoine Dufour (Chair) and Laura Edgington (Associate Chair),
2014 Proteolytic Enzymes and their Inhibitors GRS