The 2020 Gordon Research Conference on Visual System Development will provide a forum for scientists investigating the genetics, genomics, and evolution of the visual system, and to share the latest and most exciting new results and innovative technologies. The goals of this meeting are to foster interactions across disciplines, stimulate new ideas and collaborations, provide a springboard into vision-related research for scientists from other fields, and mentor students and postdocs in a supportive scientific setting. This conference will also encourage greater understanding of the basic principles that drive the development and maintenance of the visual system, with the anticipation that these findings will contribute to better treatments for ocular and other neurological diseases. The opening keynote session will feature talks from Dr. Thomas Reh of the University of Washington and Dr. Masayo Takahashi of RIKEN-Center for Developmental Biology. Throughout the meeting speakers will discuss a range of disciplines, model systems and approaches in sessions that include retinal patterning and cell fate specification, development and regeneration of retinal circuitry, central visual system development, cellular regeneration and stem cells, non-neuronal development, development of human and non-human primate retina, and emerging model systems and technologies for studying visual systems development. A number of poster abstracts will be selected for short talks, ensuring participation by junior investigators and the presentation of late-breaking stories. This meeting, along with the associated student/post-doctoral fellow Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), will foster interactions among students, early-career investigators, and more established scientists, supporting stimulating discussions and interactions, across diverse disciplines within the field of vision science.
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: Frontiers in Visual Systems Development and Disease
- From Retinal Patterning to Cell Fate Specification
- Emerging Approaches for Studying Visual Development
- Building and Repairing Retinal Circuitry
- Non-Neuronal Cells and Tissues
- Central Visual Development and Sensory Integration
- Development and Dysfunction of the Primate Retina
- Cellular Regeneration and Stem Cells
- Emerging Model Systems