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Protein Folding Dynamics
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

Protein folding is a multidisciplinary area of research addressing one of the fundamental problems in biology. Understanding the dynamical and energetic features of folding are keys to elucidating issues of protein function, design and the origin of misfolding diseases. Consequently, few other fields have seen such a successful blend of physical and biological sciences. Progressively, more studies that bring together experiment and theory are being published, and this combination is advancing our fundamental quantitative understanding of the folding process. Technological and theoretical advances have altered our view of the how protein folding occurs. Fast events can be observed experimentally on timescales that approach those accessible by all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. New, sophisticated "simple" models of proteins allow ensemble kinetics to be sampled and compared to experiment. The Gordon Research Conference in Protein Folding Dynamics is a relatively new conference, set up to specifically bring experiment and theory together to explore advances in the field, and as a forum to discuss fundamental problems from polypeptide energetics and dynamics; to chaperone assisted folding and the relationship between protein misfolding and disease.

In keeping with the multidisciplinary nature of the field all conference sessions have included both experimental and theoretical talks, and have included sessions such as: Fast and early events in folding; Folding and evolution; Exploring the folding landscape; Chaperones and complex folding; Folding and aggregation; New methods.

In 2006 a new Gordon Research Seminar on Protein Folding Dynamics was launched to run for 2 days immediately preceding the Gordon Conference.

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.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 "Protein Folding Dynamics" 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 Protein Folding Dynamics
Order, Disorder, and Aggregation in Protein Folding Dynamics
Jan 7-12 Hotel Galvez Benjamin Schuler
2016 Protein Folding Dynamics
Folding: The Landscapes of Natural and Synthetic Life
Jan 10-15 Hotel Galvez Peter Woylnes
2014 Protein Folding Dynamics
From the Computer to the Cell: Protein Folding, Function and Evolution
Jan 5-10 Hotel Galvez Sheena E. Radford
2012 Protein Folding Dynamics Jan 8-13 Ventura Beach Marriott Dave Thirumalai
2010 Protein Folding Dynamics Jan 10-15 Ventura Beach Marriott Susan Marqusee
2008 Protein Folding Dynamics Jan 6-11 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Charles L. Brooks
2006 Protein Folding Dynamics Jan 8-13 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Jane Clarke
2004 Protein Folding Dynamics Jan 11-16 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Jose N. Onuchic
2002 Protein Folding Dynamics Jan 20-25 Crowne Plaza Jay R. Winkler
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