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Lysosomes & Endocytosis
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The Lysosomes and Endocytosis Gordon Conference (formerly Lysosomes Gordon Conference) began in 1967. The first conference was chaired by Christian de Duve who subsequently was awarded a Nobel Prize for his discovery of lysosomes through cell fractionation techniques. In 1970 the conference began meeting every 2 years with chairs such as Zanvil Cohn, Dorothy Bainton, Elizabeth Neufeld, William Sly, Ann Hubbard, Fred Maxfield, Stuart Kornfeld, Sandra Schmid, Juan Bonifacino, Scott Emr, and Tom Kirchhausen. Over the years, the conference has undergone a transition from a primary focus on lysosomes and diseases caused by defective lysosome function, to a broader purview that more recently has included: molecular mechanisms of protein and lipid sorting in the biosynthetic and endocytic pathways to lysosomes; the roles of these transport pathways in the functions of specialized cells such as neurons, immune cells, pigment cells and polarized epithelial cells; the connections between signal transduction and endocytic pathway function; and the ways viral and bacterial pathogens exploit or modify these pathways during infection. The conference has also served as a major forum for discussion and dissemination of new methodologies. It was founded on the novel application of cell fractionation and electron microscopy techniques to membrane cell biology. Through the years additional approaches to study lysosomes and lysosomal trafficking pathways have been introduced such as cell-free transport assays, genetic and molecular genetic strategies, atomic resolution structural analysis, and live cell imaging.

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Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Lysosomes & Endocytosis" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Lysosomes & Endocytosis Jun 17-22 Proctor Academy Lois S. Weisman
2016 Lysosomes & Endocytosis
Molecular Mechanisms and Functions of Endosomal and Lysosomal Pathways
Jun 12-17 Proctor Academy Roberto Weigert
2014 Lysosomes & Endocytosis
Mechanisms of Endocytic Processes: From Molecules to Organisms, from Evolution to Patho-Physiology
Jun 15-20 Proctor Academy Beverly Wendland
2012 Lysosomes & Endocytosis Jun 17-22 Proctor Academy Michael Marks
2010 Lysosomes & Endocytosis Jun 20-25 Proctor Academy Frances Brodsky
2008 Lysosomes & Endocytosis Jun 22-27 Proctor Academy Gillian M. Griffiths
2006 Lysosomes & Endocytosis Jun 25-30 Proctor Academy Gregory S. Payne
2004 Lysosomes & Endocytosis Jun 27 - Jul 2 Proctor Academy Tom Kirchhausen
2002 Lysosomes Jun 23-28 Proctor Academy Scott D. Emr
2000 Lysosomes Jun 25-30 Proctor Academy Juan S. Bonifacino
1998 Lysosomes Jun 28 - Jul 3 Proctor Academy Sandra Schmid
Hans J. Geuze
1996 Lysosomes Jun 30 - Jul 5 Proctor Academy Stuart Kornfeld
1994 Lysosomes Jul 3-8 Proctor Academy Fred Maxfield
1992 Lysosomes Jun 29 - Jul 3 Proctor Academy Ann Hubbard
1990 Lysosomes Jun 25-29 Plymouth State College Philip D. Stahl
1988 Lysosomes Jun 27 - Jul 1 Plymouth State College William S. Sly
1986 Lysosomes Jun 23-27 Plymouth State College Ari Helenius
1984 Lysosomes
Molecular Approaches to Lysosomes and Related Organelles
Jun 25-29 Plymouth State College Elizabeth Neufeld
1982 Lysosomes
The Role of Lysosomes in the Regulation of Cytoplasmic Function
Jun 28 - Jul 2 Proctor Academy Samuel C. Silverstein
1980 Lysosomes
The Role of Lysosonies in the Uptake, Transport, Storage and Recycling of Membranes and Membrane-bound Molecules
Jun 30 - Jul 4 Proctor Academy Dorothy F. Bainton
1978 Lysosomes Jul 3-7 Proctor Academy Oscar Touster
1976 Lysosomes Jul 5-9 Proctor Academy Eric Holtzman
1974 Lysosomes
Lysosomotropic Agents
Jul 1-5 Proctor Academy Christian De Duve
1972 Lysosomes
Immunity and Tissue Injury
Jul 4-7 Proctor Academy Gerald Weissmann
1970 Lysosomes Jun 29 - Jul 3 Proctor Academy James G. Hirsch
Matthew Locke
1969 Lysosomes
Lysosomes and Storage Diseases
Jun 30 - Jul 4 Proctor Academy Alex B. Novikoff
1968 Lysosomes Jul 1-5 Proctor Academy Zanvil A. Cohn
1967 Lysosomes
Biochemical and Structural Aspects of Self-Degradative Processes in Cells
Jul 3-7 Proctor Academy Christian De Duve
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