Mammalian Gametogenesis & Embryogenesis
The Mammalian Gametogenesis and Embryogenesis Gordon Research Conference was initiated in 1975 (formerly designated "Gametogenesis"). This conference has covered a broad range of topics from gene regulation in gametes to developmental mechanisms in early embryogenesis to production and manipulation of stem cells from a variety of sources. Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the production of viable eggs and sperm and the initiation of embryonic development is essential for the continued survival of animal species in the 21st century and beyond. Advances in reproductive biology have immediate application, not only for the treatment of human infertility and subfertility, but also for improvements in developing contraceptive methods, advances in agricultural engineering and novel approaches to wildlife preservation. Moreover, as stem cells, pluripotent cells, gametes and early embryos provide important models for basic research aimed at understanding nuclear programming and cell cycle regulation, as well as transcriptional, translational, and post-translational control mechanisms, these areas have potential significance for a wide variety of biomedical applications. Through the years, all of these topics have been extensively covered at this meeting with primary emphasis on mammalian systems. Also included in the conference have been representative presentations by scientists who study model organisms (Drosophilia
and C. elegans
), as research from these organisms has often provided the foundation for subsequent research in mammals. This conference has historically attracted a broad range of participants from all over the world. Especially important are the interactions among academic, government and industry researchers as well as clinicians with interests in reproductive biology. This conference has been highly successful since its inception and has continued to be fully subscribed in recent years.
What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.