Genes & Behavior

In 2014, the sixth Gordon Research Conference and associated GRS on Genes and Behavior will continue the tradition of bringing together both leading and beginning researchers focusing on investigating behavior in model genetic systems and model behavioral systems. The Conference and Seminar will focus on topics at the interface of behavior, neurobiology, genetics, molecular biology, and evolution and will emphasize the theme of emerging model species, technologies and analyses facilitating integrative research. Talks will cover the use of sequenced genomes across established and emerging organismal models (invertebrates to humans), integration of experimental contexts (field versus laboratory), newly accessibly phenotypes (solitary behavior to social interactions), genetic networks, and levels of analysis (gene, brain, physiology, and populations). Bioinformaticians, behavioral biologists, molecular geneticists, systems biologists, evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists are represented among the speakers so that different perspectives can be evaluated. Ample time is provided for brainstorming. Junior scientists and graduate students are invited to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. Some poster presenters will be selected for short talks. The goal, of course, is to better understand how genetics influences the development and expression of normal behavior and disorders. All of the invited speakers and discussion leaders are experts in their fields. Special attention has been given to achieving gender balance and to include experts from the diverse disciplines that must be represented to achieve a broadly based understanding of the influences of genes on behavior. The associated Gordon Research Seminar is being organized by and for graduate students and postdocs, with mentorship from a core of senior participants in the main Conference, with the goal of nurturing and preparing junior scientists so they can participate actively and effectively in the main GRC.

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A list of preliminary session topics and speakers is currently being developed by the Conference Chair and will be available by July 2, 2013. Please check back for updates.

9 Feb - 14 Feb 2014
United States of America
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