Adhesion receptor signaling at both cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesions plays a central role in development, homeostasis, and disease. This meeting occupies a unique niche, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scientists (e.g. cell and developmental biologists, biochemists, biophysicists, and engineers) focused on the related topics of cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesion signaling and how these mechanisms can be harnessed to develop new therapeutic strategies for treating diseases. The 2020 Signaling by Adhesion Receptors GRC program is designed to include presentations on central themes in cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesion, as well as to highlight emerging concepts and techniques. The conference will present the latest discoveries in adhesion signaling across multiple scales – from molecules to cells to tissues. Woven throughout the 2020 meeting will be a focus on developmental morphogenesis and research that employs a variety of developing model organisms. This meeting aims to unite a diverse group of current and future leaders in the field and to promote an interactive atmosphere where all attendees are actively involved in exchanging their ideas. Throughout the meeting, there will be opportunities for trainees and early-stage investigators to showcase their research, gain visibility in the field, and receive constructive feedback. Lively poster sessions will take place each afternoon, and multiple short talks will be chosen from the submitted abstracts. The meeting will promote community building among researchers through shared meals and unstructured free time as well as activities that bring attendees together to promote discussion, share mentoring advice, and facilitate old and new collaborations. Preceding the GRC, this meeting will feature an associated two-day Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) exclusively for graduate students and postdocs.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by October 15, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- Keynote Session: Adhesion Across Scales: From Molecules to Morphogenesis
- Mechanotransduction by Adhesion Receptors
- Maintaining Adhesion in Dynamic Environments
- Engineering Adhesion
- Adhesive Control of Cell Division
- Advances in Adhesion Signaling
- Adhesion Signaling and Cell Migration
- Adhesion, Morphogenesis and Tissue Remodeling
- Adhesion and Disease