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Antimicrobial Peptides
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The GRC on Antimicrobial Peptides was initiated in 1997 and has since been held as a bi-annual conference, alternating between US and European sites, to facilitate attendance by the large international community of scientists active in this research field. Antimicrobial peptides are a family of host-defense peptides, most of which are gene-encoded and produced by living organisms of all types. They are membrane-active molecules that disrupt cellular membranes of living organisms. Antimicrobial peptides have been extensively studied for more than two decades for their various roles in the defense against microbes, and their potential application as new antibiotics with new modes of actions. In addition, the study of the regulation of antimicrobial peptide synthesis in model bacteria, plants, invertebrates and mammals has provided a unique window on innate immunity, attracting many scientists interested in this burgeoning area.

Speakers have always been chosen to give a broad, up-to-date overview of this rapidly evolving and multi-disciplinary field, as well as covering emerging discoveries in the function, regulation and roles of antimicrobial peptides. Potential medical applications of antimicrobial peptides as innovative anti-infective agents to combat pathogenic microorganisms in plants, animals and humans have been discussed by scientists from both academic and clinical institutions, as well as by representatives from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The consistent aim of the GRC on Antimicrobial Peptides has been to bring together an outstanding and diverse group of scientists at the forefront of this multidisciplinary field and to stimulate interesting discussions and productive interactions for future research and applications.

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.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 "Antimicrobial Peptides" 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 Antimicrobial Peptides
How Animals and Plants Use Antimicrobial Peptides, How They Work, and How to Design Interesting New Molecules
Feb 26 - Mar 3 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Wuyuan Lu
Michael A. Zasloff
2015 Antimicrobial Peptides
Basic and Translational Aspects
May 3-8 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Pieter S. Hiemstra
Julia Dorin
2013 Antimicrobial Peptides
Discovery, Function and Application
Feb 24 - Mar 1 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Gill Diamond
Nita H. Salzman
2011 Antimicrobial Peptides
Antimicrobial Peptides in Innate Immunity - New Insights on an Ancient System
May 15-20 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Jens Schroeder
Birgitta Agerberth
2009 Antimicrobial Peptides
Understanding Health and Disease through Antimicrobial Host Defense Peptides
Mar 1-6 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Richard L. Gallo
Paul McCray, Jr.
2007 Antimicrobial Peptides Apr 29 - May 4 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Ylva Engstrom
Yechiel Shai
2005 Antimicrobial Peptides Mar 6-11 Ventura Beach Marriott Andre J. Ouellette
William M. Shafer
2003 Antimicrobial Peptides Apr 27 - May 2 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Hans-Georg Sahl
Margherita Zanetti
2001 Antimicrobial Peptides Mar 18-23 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Charles Bevins
Robert E.W. Hancock
1999 Antimicrobial Peptides Apr 25-30 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Jules A. Hoffmann
1997 Antimicrobial Peptides Mar 2-7 Crowne Plaza Tomas Ganz
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