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Calcium Signalling
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24 Months

Conference Description

Ca2+ is a ubiquitous intracellular messenger; it is an essential regulator of many cellular processes including fertilization, cell death, sensory transduction, muscle contraction, motility, exocytosis and fluid secretion. Defective Ca2+ signalling is a feature of diverse diseases (e.g. hypertension and immunodeficiencies). Since Ca2+ is widely used by cells to regulate their behaviour, there is a correspondingly diverse range of activities amongst investigators with an interest in Ca2+ signalling. Thus, this GRC provides a unique opportunity for such investigators, who might otherwise never attend the same conferences, to meet and discuss progress from many perspectives. An important feature of the programme is that it brings together investigators whose primary interests are in fundamental aspects of Ca2+ signalling with those whose interests focus primarily on the physiology or pathology of specific tissues in which Ca2+ signals play an important role. The selection of speakers and topics for the sessions reflects this diversity. For example the topics that are addressed in this conference include plasma membrane signal transduction/sensing mechanisms, intracellular calcium release, calcium entry, calcium channel regulation and structure, calcium pump function, signalling microdomains, and disease associated with calcium signalling. In addition the role of calcium signalling in the regulation of functions of specific tissues or cell such as such as muscles, exocrine gland, endothelium, kidney, neurons, etc. are also discussed in detail.

This conference takes place biennially and provides a premier forum for scientists with diverse interests in the many facets of calcium signalling to review exciting developments in this active area. It has become established policy to alternate this GRC between Europe and the USA, this policy is both popular and successful, not least in fostering international interactions and in allowing junior scientists from both continents to participate. In 2007, we will have the eighth meeting. The topics covered are of fundamental importance, widespread interest and immediate relevance to many disease states including neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases, aging, cancer, sensory disorders, and immunological diseases.

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 "Calcium Signalling" 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 Calcium Signalling
Intracellular Calcium Signals: Generation, Function and Therapeutic Intervention
Jun 18-23 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Anant B. Parekh
2015 Calcium Signalling
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms in Health and Disease
Jun 7-12 Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River David I. Yule
2013 Calcium Signalling Jun 16-21 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Rosario Rizzuto
2011 Calcium Signalling Jun 26 - Jul 1 Colby College J. Kevin Foskett
2009 Calcium Signalling Jun 21-26 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Alexei V. Tepikin
2007 Calcium Signalling Jul 8-13 Tilton School Indu Ambudkar
2005 Calcium Signalling Jul 24-29 The Queen's College Colin W. Taylor
2003 Calcium Signalling Jul 6-11 Mount Holyoke College Shmuel Muallem
2001 Calcium Signalling Sep 2-7 The Queen's College Tullio Pozzan
1999 Calcium Signalling Aug 8-13 New England College Andrew P. Thomas
1997 Calcium Signalling Sep 7-12 The Queen's College David E. Clapham
1995 Calcium Signalling Jun 18-23 New England College James W. Putney
1993 Calcium Signalling Jun 20-25 New England College Donald L. Gill
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