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Mechanosensory Transduction
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24 Months

Conference Description

The ability to detect mechanical forces is important in the human senses of balance, hearing, and touch as well as osmotic homeostasis and detection of blood pressure. In addition, it is necessary for gravity and touch sensing in plants and osmoregulation of microbes. As we learn more about the mechanisms underlying these senses in a wide variety of organisms and systems, we have begun to see parallels and intersections. This conference explores mechanisms for perception and response to mechanical stimuli in a wide range of organisms. Participants employ a diverse set of approaches to study the responses to a broad range of mechanical signals in organisms including animals, microbes, and plants. Topics range from the molecular and cellular to complex mechanosensory systems. Examples include auditory hair cell electrophysiology, microbial mechanosensitive channel structure and function, and responses to sustained gravitational forces in plants as well as animals. The field is rapidly growing, especially in the area of genetic approaches to understanding the perception of physical stimuli. The focus for this conference has been the molecular and physiological analysis of protein and cellular components needed for different aspects of mechano- and gravity- sensation. This conference provides a unique opportunity to think broadly about the interface between mechanical signals, sensory mechanisms, and downstream signal transduction pathways. It brings together scientists who do not normally meet because they study different organisms (microbes, plants, or animals), different kinds of mechanical responses (rapid responses in specialized mechanosensors or slow responses to sustained forces in bone or plants), or because they employ widely different approaches (genetics versus physiology). The conference therefore results in inter-disciplinary transfer of ideas and approaches and for many investigators this results in new strategies for the study of mechanotransduction.

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Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2007 Mechanosensory Transduction Jul 22-27 University of New England Gloria K. Muday
Paul Blount
2005 Mechanotransduction and Gravity Signaling in Biological Systems Jul 24-29 University of New England Martin Chalfie
2003 Mechanotransduction and Gravity Signaling in Biological Systems Jul 20-25 Connecticut College Michael C. Gustin
2001 Gravitational Effects on Living Systems Jul 1-6 Connecticut College Ruth Anne Eatock
1998 Gravitational Effects on Living Systems Jul 12-17 Colby-Sawyer College Michael L. Evans
1996 Gravitational Effects on Living Systems Jul 14-19 Colby-Sawyer College Manning J. Correia
1994 Gravitational Effects on Living Systems Jul 17-22 Colby-Sawyer College Stanley J. Roux
1992 Gravitational Effects on Living Systems Aug 10-14 Proctor Academy V. Reggie Edgerton
1990 Gravitational Effects on Living Systems Jul 9-13 Colby-Sawyer College Eva K. Ray
1988 Gravitational Effects on Living Systems Jul 4-8 Colby-Sawyer College Eva K. Ray
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