Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction
The Photosensory Receptors and Signal Transduction GRC meeting is the pre-eminent meeting in the field of the mechanistic basis and effects of photoreception. Having been established in 2000, the meeting alternates between US and European sites every two years. The photosensor community encompasses a diverse variety of fields. For this reason, the primary objective of this meeting is to provide researchers studying the biological, chemical and physical aspects of light detection to share their newest data with each other rather than within more limited subcommunities. Aided by the explosion of newly-available photosensors provided by genomic sequencing efforts, this field has been joined by both new families of photoreceptors and a many new members of existing ones. Taken together, these provide a diverse group of systems to answer fundamental questions in protein signaling: How can small molecule chromophores trigger allosteric changes to surrounding proteins? How are these changes transmitted to downstream effectors? How are parameters of this process tuned to match the needs of the biological system? These questions are of central interest to human physiology (e.g. vision, circadian rhythms) and bacterial, plant and animal biology in general. Further, these are important to the development of novel biological research tools and general understanding of protein structure/function/regulation.
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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.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 "Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction" 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.