Membrane Transport Proteins
The Conference on Membrane Transport Proteins was initially established in 1998 by Matthias Hediger and has since been held every two years. The research on transporters took off or became more visible, after the expression cloning of SGLT1 by Hediger and Wright in 1987. Soon afterwards the initial "inventory" of transporters was gradually completed by their group as well as other investigators and it became clear that these proteins were important in normal physiology and maybe responsible for several pathophysiological states. All along a major strength of the Membrane Transport Protein Conferences has been a consistent effort to balance both the molecular and mechanistic aspects of transporter biology while emphasizing the critical role these proteins play in normal physiology and how their malfunction gives rise to pathophysiological states. In the early years there was a strong focus on classic transporters in the central nervous system (glutamate and serotonin) with a touch of information about their roles in the action of pharmacologic agents, psychiatric genetic disorders and on amino acid and metal ion transport. The Conference has evolved to include a more balanced and heterogeneous group of transport proteins including several ABC proteins and ion channels, as well as Structure-Function relationships, recently discovered Amino Acids transporters and transporter proteins as part of hetero-multimeric complexes and Intracellular Organelles. There is an increasing emphasis on protein structure and the use of structural information to understand both the transport mechanism(s) and the role transport proteins play in disease.
To allow the opportunity of participating to researchers from Europe and Asia as well as the US, we have made the decision to have a chair and vice-chair from the US and Europe, with the idea to have the meeting every two years in each of the continents.
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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.
This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Membrane Transport Proteins" 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.