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24 Months

Conference Description

The study of epigenetics leads to an understanding of genome function. In recent years, epigenetics has revealed some of the most extraordinary forms of gene regulation and quickly became one of the most exciting research areas in genetics and developmental biology. Even as genome projects are providing the complete nucleotide sequence of organism after organism, researchers are turning to the field of epigenetics to understand how that sequence is interpreted in the context of the cell or the organism. Epigenetic modifications such as methylation of the DNA and post-translational modification of core histones affect the organization and packaging of the chromosome. These chromosomal marks are both dynamic and heritable, making epigenetics one of the most intriguing aspects of biology with a wide range of implications for development, disease, and natural variation. These and other aspects of epigenetics research are addressed at the Gordon Research Conference. It has become clear that epigenetic processes encompass an impressive diversity of mechanisms involving noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs), DNA methylation, prions, histone modifications, chromatin remodeling, higher order chromosome structures, and nuclear compartments. The richness and versatility of these biological processes have been elucidated through the study of a wide range of diverse organisms and this conference prides itself on its inclusiveness and its respect for the exchange of ideas and value of learning from the full range of model systems. Apart from advancing our understanding of epigenetic mechanisms by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas from experts working in a wide array of epigenetic systems, the goal of the Conference is to introduce new issues and new questions that push the boundaries of epigenetics and promote the careers of young investigators.

From its inception in 1995, the Epigenetics Gordon Research Conference series has played a key role in the vitality of the field of epigenetics, earning an international reputation for generating new research avenues as well as fostering progress in the more established areas of epigenetics. The conference has achieved this level of success by consistently providing a unique setting for bringing together a diverse group of scientists including many junior researchers, and by cutting across boundaries of organism and methodology, to expand the frontiers of epigenetics research.

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 "Epigenetics" 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 Epigenetics
Epigenetics in Action: From Mechanisms to Biological Impacts
Jul 30 - Aug 4 Holderness School Pamela K. Geyer
Frederic Berger
2015 Epigenetics
Epigenetic Dynamics: Roles in Development, Inheritance, and Responses to the Environment
Aug 2-7 Bentley University William G. Kelly
Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid
2013 Epigenetics
Mechanisms and Implications
Aug 4-9 Bryant University Eric J. Richards
Emma Whitelaw
2011 Epigenetics
Mechanisms, Development and Disease
Aug 7-12 Stonehill College Marisa S. Bartolomei
Craig S. Pikaard
2009 Epigenetics
The Role of the Environment and Epigenetic Mechanisms in Behavior, Health and Disease
Aug 9-14 Holderness School Jeannie T. Lee
Ueli Grossniklaus
2007 Epigenetics Aug 5-10 Holderness School Anne Ferguson-Smith
Steven E. Jacobsen
2005 Epigenetics Aug 7-12 Holderness School Chao-Ting Wu
Judith Bender
2003 Epigenetics Aug 10-15 Holderness School Robert Martienssen
Wolf Reik
2001 Epigenetics Aug 12-17 Holderness School Eric U. Selker
Denise P. Barlow
1999 Epigenetics Aug 8-13 Holderness School Amar J. S. Klar
Jean Finnegan
1997 Epigenetics Aug 10-15 Holderness School Steven Henikoff
Marjori A. Matzke
1995 Epigenetics Aug 13-18 Holderness School Vicki L. Chandler
Timothy H. Bestor
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