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Cannabinoid Function in the CNS
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24 Months

Conference Description

Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (the major psychoactive component of marijuana) and its endogenous counterparts (the so-called endocannabinoids) target specific cannabinoid receptors on both neurons and glia. During the past years, the identification of multiple endocannabinoid ligands, exogenous cannabinoids and cannabinomimetics, anabolic and catabolic enzymes, and cannabinoid receptors has led to a rapid expansion in the understanding of endocannabinoid signaling networks and to the establishment of the cannabinoid signaling system as a major feedback circuitry tuning neural activity and plasticity in many areas of the central nervous system (CNS).

The aim of the Gordon Conference on "Cannabinoid function in the CNS" is to bring together established scientists, post-docs and graduate students to present and discuss the most recent cutting-edge findings related to the roles of cannabinoids in the CNS and to identify the forthcoming most important areas of research in the cannabinoid field. The Conference generally explores topics such as the control by cannabinoids of neural circuits involved in learning and memory, reward, motor activity and pain; the regulatory role of cannabinoids in feeding behavior and energy balance; and the impact of cannabinoids on neuronal development and survival. Emphasis is also put on the implications of the widespread recreational use of marijuana as well as on promising avenues for the therapeutic use of cannabinoids and cannabinergic agents in several disorders of the CNS. Our goal is to stimulate a friendly and informal atmosphere that generates fruitful discussions and exchanges of ideas between established leaders of the field, younger scientists and newcomers. The Gordon Conference on "Cannabinoid function in the CNS" has a short history, but its first edition in 2005 already represented a milestone in the scientific development and most advanced perspectives of the field.

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.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 "Cannabinoid Function in the CNS" 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 Cannabinoid Function in the CNS
A New Dawn in Cannabinoid Neurobiology: The Road from Molecules to Therapeutic Discoveries
Aug 20-25 Waterville Valley Joseph F. Cheer
Yasmin Hurd
2015 Cannabinoid Function in the CNS
From Molecules to Disease Mechanisms
May 24-29 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Tibor Harkany
Mauro Maccarrone
2013 Cannabinoid Function in the CNS
Cannabinoids in Synapses, Circuits and the Human Brain
Aug 4-9 Waterville Valley Andrea Hohmann
David Lovinger
2011 Cannabinoid Function in the CNS May 22-27 Les Diablerets Conference Center Beat Lutz
Vincenzo Di Marzo
2009 Cannabinoid Function in the CNS Aug 2-7 University of New England Daniele Piomelli
Bradley Alger
2007 Cannabinoid Function in the CNS Sep 30 - Oct 5 Les Diablerets Conference Center Olivier Manzoni
Manuel Guzman
Giovanni Marsicano
2005 Cannabinoid Function in the CNS Jul 17-22 Bates College Ken Mackie
Nephi Stella
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