Glycolipid & Sphingolipid Biology

The 13th Gordon Research Conference on Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Biology is scheduled for January 12-17, 2014 at the Four Points Sheraton coastal resort in Ventura, California. This conference represents the primary international research forum on glyco/sphingolipid biology, and is focused on the biologic, metabolic, and disease-related aspects of these unique and important lipids. The organizers are assembling an excellent program, with an outstanding list of speakers and discussion leaders to address the diverse aspects of current glyco- and sphingolipid research. To further insure that recent novel perspectives are highlighted, 'Hot Topics/Young Investigators' presentations will be scheduled throughout this meeting, with many selected from submitted abstracts.

Important areas of focus for this conference include: glycolipids and sphingolipids in mammalian biology, including autophagy and apoptosis, as well as emerging roles in infection, immunity, and inflammation; metabolism and function of these lipids in diseases such as cancer, neurodegeneration, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and skin disorders; their roles in membrane dynamics; the regulation of key pathways of their metabolism, including emerging roles for microRNAs; novel imaging technologies and advanced glyco/sphingolipidomics. Importantly, the conference will have sessions dedicated to groundbreaking translational and therapeutic studies involving these lipids. In addition, the meeting will cover exciting new developments in the relationship between sphingolipids and glycolipids, lessons from model organisms and knockout models, as well as glyco/sphingolipids in nutrition.

This popular conference is generally fully- to over-subscribed, which makes it possible to accept an optimal mix of attendees from academics, industry and government, as well as a mix of young and established scientists. Submitted abstracts will be used not only to assist with consideration for conference participation, but also for the selection of presenters for the 'Hot Topics/Young Investigators' session. The organizers also are making a concerted effort to recruit speakers and encourage attendees from around the world, particularly from Asia, Eastern Europe, and Former Soviet Union countries. Ample discussion time will not only be scheduled after each talk, but also available during the poster sessions, as well as during leisurely afternoon walks on the local California beaches.
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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.

12 Jan - 17 Jan 2014
United States of America
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