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Basal Ganglia
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The basal ganglia are a richly interconnected set of forebrain, diencephalic and mesencephalic nuclei that control movement and thought. Parkinson disease, Huntington disease, Tourette’s Syndrome, schizophrenia and addiction are widely viewed as disorders of the basal ganglia. This clinical linkage and the rapid expansion of molecular tools have led to an explosion in basal ganglia research in the last decade. In spite of the substantial volume of research in this area, there is only a single international meeting every three years that is focused on the basal ganglia (IBAGS). Although excellent, this meeting does not promote the intense discussion of cutting-edge research that is the hallmark of a GRC. It is also not the sort of meeting that promotes the kind of extended interactions necessary for investigators from different disciplines to forge new synthetic models and hypotheses. This type of exchange is what this rapidly growing field needs now.

Our goal is to create a GRC program that covers key advances in the understanding of the major basal ganglia nuclei as well as new insights into the operation of the network as a whole. An emphasis will be placed on developments arising from recent methodological advances (like optogenetics) and developments that have translational significance. The tentative program includes a diverse collection of up-and-coming and established investigators from around the world. This GRC will create a unique opportunity for students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty to gain a deeper understanding of fundamental questions facing this field of neuroscience and to build cross-cutting collaborations that could lead to breakthroughs.

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.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 "Basal Ganglia" 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 Basal Ganglia
Mechanisms Underlying Basal Ganglia Function and Dysfunction
Mar 11-16 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Mark Bevan
2016 Basal Ganglia
Emerging Views of Cellular and Circuit Diversity Within the Basal Ganglia
Feb 28 - Mar 4 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Nicole Calakos
2014 Basal Ganglia
Basal Ganglia Cells and Circuits in Health and Disease
Feb 2-7 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express D. James Surmeier
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