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Molecular Pharmacology
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24 Months

Conference Description

The Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Molecular Pharmacology is one of the most popular forums for the gathering of scientists from academia, government, and industry to discuss recent, cutting-edge advances in signal transduction research, receptors and other drug targets. The conference started in 1969 and convenes every two years. The history of the Molecular Pharmacology GRC in the last 15 years reflects the evolution of the most timely and immediate areas of interest: The 1995 conference mainly focused on heterotrimeric and low molecular weight G proteins, the 1997 conference highlighted new aspects of G-protein mediated signaling, and the 1999 GRC emphasized G protein coupled receptors (GPCR) and compartmentalization of signaling. Since 2001, emphasis has included the new insights that have derived from genetic analyses, studies of model organisms, and the application of state-of-the art cell and molecular biological approaches to the study of GPCR and post-GPCR components. The Molecular Pharmacology GRC represents a - if not the - main forum for scientific discussion on membrane receptors and signaling, an area of crucial interest in pharmacology and drug development.

To strengthen the international nature of the Molecular Pharmacology GRC, in 2003 it was decided (by a vote of the attendees) that the conference should alternate between California and a GRC location in Europe. Accordingly, in 2005 the conference was held for the first time at the Il Ciocco Conference Center in Barga (Pisa), Italy.

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Molecular Pharmacology" 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)
2017 Molecular Pharmacology
GPCRs: From Single Molecules to New Forms of Treatment
Mar 12-17 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Martin J. Lohse
Jurgen Wess
2015 Molecular Pharmacology
Connecting G Protein-Coupled Receptor Mechanisms to Physiological Functions
Feb 1-6 Ventura Beach Marriott Alan V. Smrcka
Jo Ann Trejo
2013 Molecular Pharmacology
New Opportunities with G-protein Coupled Receptors: From Single Molecules and Signaling Complexes to Physiology and Therapeutic Interventions
Apr 28 - May 3 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Jean-Philippe Pin
Brigitte Kieffer
2011 Molecular Pharmacology Jan 9-14 Ventura Beach Marriott Paul Insel
2009 Molecular Pharmacology
Recent Advances in Basic and Translational Research on G Protein-Coupled Receptors and Signaling
May 31 - Jun 5 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Susanna Cotecchia
Joel Bockaert
2007 Molecular Pharmacology Jan 28 - Feb 2 Ventura Beach Marriott Mark E. Von Zastrow
2005 Molecular Pharmacology May 8-13 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Michel Bouvier
2003 Molecular Pharmacology Feb 9-14 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Diane L. Barber
2001 Molecular Pharmacology Feb 11-16 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Brian K. Kobilka
1999 Molecular Pharmacology Feb 14-18 Crowne Plaza Joan Heller Brown
1997 Molecular Pharmacology Feb 9-14 Crowne Plaza Shaun Coughlin
1995 Molecular Pharmacology Feb 12-17 Crowne Plaza Gary L. Johnson
1993 Molecular Pharmacology Mar 1-5 Casa Sirena Hotel Lee E. Limbird
1991 Molecular Pharmacology Jun 17-21 Tilton School Elliott M. Ross
1989 Molecular Pharmacology Jun 12-16 Tilton School Palmer W. Taylor
1987 Molecular Pharmacology Jun 15-19 Plymouth State College Henry R. Bourne
1985 Molecular Pharmacology
Mechanisms of Membrane Signal Transduction
Jun 17-21 Plymouth State College William Catterall
1983 Molecular Pharmacology Jun 20-24 Plymouth State College Gerald Fischbach
1981 Molecular Pharmacology Jun 22-26 Plymouth State College Leonard Kohn
1979 Molecular Pharmacology Jun 25-29 Plymouth State College Zach W. Hall
1977 Molecular Pharmacology Jun 27 - Jul 1 Plymouth State College Howard C. Berg
1975 Molecular Pharmacology Jun 23-27 Proctor Academy Arthur Karlin
1973 Molecular Pharmacology Jul 9-13 Proctor Academy Robert T. Schimke
1971 Molecular Pharmacology Jul 5-9 Proctor Academy A. S. V. Burgen
1969 Molecular Pharmacology
How Do Small Molecules Do Great Things?
Jun 16-20 Tilton School Oleg Jardetzky
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