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Centromere Biology
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The centromere is the chromosomal locus at which the kinetochore assembled and that drives chromosome movement during cell division. Abnormal centromere function is a hallmark of many birth defects, reproductive disorders, and diseases such as cancer. Defining how centromeres are organized and assembled is important for understanding human disease and for developing therapies and cures. The biennial Centromere Biology GRC will attract participants from across the globe, working in classical genetic model organisms, humans, and non-traditional model systems. The Centromere Biology Conference was conceived because the broader Gordon Conferences barely touched on the rapid and exciting growth of the field and existing centromere meetings tend to be exclusive and focused on only a few specific research areas. This GRC is purposely designed to include participants whose research programs span many exciting and highly relevant areas in centromere biology that are typically under-represented at other chromosome and centromere meetings. Such topics include, but are not limited to, genomics, comparative analyses, synthetic and mutant centromeres, and centromere behavior in disease states. The Centromere Biology GRC will include experts in cell visualization, structural biology, genetics and biochemistry, and chromatin biology, who all share the common interest in understanding centromere organization, assembly, and dynamics. The conference brings together a diverse group of scientists at the frontiers of their fields and talks include unpublished work. The meeting is intended to create a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for junior scientists and students to present their work and exchange ideas through poster sessions and informal discussions. Short talks in each session will include those chosen from the abstracts.

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.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 "Centromere Biology" 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 Centromere Biology Jul 29 - Aug 3 Mount Snow Aaron F. Straight
2016 Centromere Biology
Structural and Functional Dynamics of the Centromere in Mitosis and Meiosis
Jul 24-29 Mount Snow Beth A. Sullivan
2014 Centromere Biology
The Genomics and Epigenomics of Centromere Function and Dysfunction
Jul 27 - Aug 1 Bentley University Rachel J. O'Neill
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