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Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction
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24 Months

Conference Description

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

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.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction
How Light Controls Behavior of Molecules, Cells, Organisms and Ecosystems over Time Scales of Femtoseconds to Eons
Mar 4-9 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Katrina Forest
2016 Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction
Natural and Synthetic Photoreceptor Systems: From Microbes to Man
Jan 24-29 Hotel Galvez John Christie
2014 Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction
From Biophysics and Physiology to Optogenetics and Clinical Applications
Apr 6-11 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Keith Moffat
2012 Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction Jan 22-27 Hotel Galvez Christian Fankhauser
2010 Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction Apr 18-23 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Kevin H. Gardner
2008 Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction Jan 27 - Feb 1 Crowne Plaza Klaas J. Hellingwerf
2006 Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction Apr 30 - May 5 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Roberto A. Bogomolni
2004 Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction Jan 25-30 Crowne Plaza Pill-Soon Song
2002 Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction May 19-24 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco John L. Spudich
2000 Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction Apr 30 - May 5 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco John L. Spudich
Winslow Briggs
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