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Spirochetes, Biology of
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The Biology of Spirochetes Conference continues to be a highly successful international meeting devoted to discussions on basic research of all medically important and biologically relevant spirochetes, a unique group of Eubacteria. Many spirochetes are pathogens and cause a variety of diseases, including syphilis, Lyme disease, relapsing fever, leptospirosis, periodontal disease, digital dermatitis of cattle, and swine and human dysentery. Historically, spirochetes have been difficult to study. These bacteria often have fastidious nutritional requirements, and some have yet to be successfully cultured in vitro. Methods for genetic manipulation and mutational analysis of several spirochete species do not exist. The opportunity for exchange of ideas among groups working on different spirochetes has been one of the greatest benefits of past conferences, particularly in the area of new techniques for genetic manipulation. The application of genetic advancements and the availability of genomic sequences for Borrelia burgdorferi, Treponema pallidum, T. denticola, and new sequencing projects in Leptospira spp. are providing a wealth of new information. Combined, these data are being integrated into ongoing studies on the physiology, structure, pathogenesis, and immunobiology of these fascinating bacteria.

Biology of Spirochetes Conferences have been held every two years since 1994. Each of the previous Biology of Spirochetes conferences have received high praise by attendees because of the interactive nature of the experience, encouraging the forging of new collaborations, providing a forum for presenting state-of-the-art research on these bacteria, and helping to set new research directions. Attendance consistently reaches the maximum of 150 faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and industrial scientists. A broad spectrum of scientists of representing different research interests, geographic locations, and seniority are invited to attend. Special efforts are made to insure strong attendance of young investigators (graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty), and achieve a balance in gender and ethnicity of attendees. The oral and poster presentations are organized to provide many opportunities for discussion, the exchange of ideas, and development of collaborations. Researchers interested in attending the conference are strongly encouraged to include an abstract describing the research they plan to present at the conference.

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 "Spirochetes, Biology of" 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 Spirochetes, Biology of
Spirochete Biology in the Host and in the Wild
Jan 21-26 Ventura Beach Marriott Jenifer L. Coburn
2016 Spirochetes, Biology of
Spirochetes: Environmental, Endosymbiotic, Invasive, and Persistent
Jan 10-15 Ventura Beach Marriott Justin D. Radolf
2014 Spirochetes, Biology of
Unique Features of Spirochete-Host-Environment Interactions
Jan 19-24 Ventura Beach Marriott Ben Adler
2012 Spirochetes, Biology of Jan 22-27 Ventura Beach Marriott Patricia A. Rosa
2010 Spirochetes, Biology of Jan 31 - Feb 5 Ventura Beach Marriott Richard P. Ellen
2008 Spirochetes, Biology of Jan 20-25 Ventura Beach Marriott Sven A. Bergstrom
2006 Spirochetes, Biology of Apr 23-28 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco David A. Haake
2004 Spirochetes, Biology of Jan 25-30 Ventura Beach Marriott Janis J. Weis
2002 Spirochetes, Biology of Jan 27 - Feb 1 Ventura Beach Marriott Richard L. Zuerner
2000 Spirochetes, Biology of Jan 16-21 Crowne Plaza Steven J. Norris
1998 Spirochetes, Biology of Jan 18-23 Crowne Plaza Sheila A. Lukehart
1996 Spirochetes, Biology of Jan 21-26 Crowne Plaza Alan G. Barbour
1994 Spirochetes, Biology of Jan 2-7 Ventura Beach Marriott Nyles W. Charon
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