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Catecholamines
Gordon Research Conference

Contemporary Developments in Catecholamine Neurobiology and Function

Dates

August 13-18, 2017

Location

Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME Site Information

Organizers

Chair:
David Weinshenker

Vice Chair:
Patricia H. Janak

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 16, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2017 GRC on Catecholamines will focus on cutting-edge developments in catecholamine research from a broad range of approaches from molecular biology to cellular physiology to behavior and clinical studies. One of the characteristics of the field is that neuronal systems using catecholamines have much in common, although investigators who focus on particular catecholamines or on different actions of the same catecholamine are often unaware of complementary aspects of catecholamine research. It is increasingly apparent that continued progress will require increasingly integrated approaches in studies of catecholamine biology, function and dysfunction. Thus, molecular biologists are being drawn to more integrated systems approaches and behavioral biologists are exploiting many molecular approaches. In particular, the development of cell-type-specific targeting approaches in recent years has permitted much more detailed and specific approaches to understanding catecholamine function. The past years have also witnessed a tremendous advance in our understanding of neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders, including drug abuse, affective disorders, and diseases associated with catecholamine neuron degeneration such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Sophisticated behavioral measures combined with elegant molecular, cellular and systems approaches, along with powerful imaging studies in humans, have produced a large number of high-profile reports that are likely to have a positive impact on health issues. We plan to highlight these new advances to provide a unique opportunity to discuss recent progress in the understanding of how catecholamine systems may contribute to the pathophysiology and treatment of those conditions. To achieve these goals, the 2017 conference will include researchers at the forefront of catecholamine-related research, both junior and senior, presenting primarily new, unpublished research encompassing basic mechanisms of catecholamine neurotransmission, integrated approaches to understand physiology and behavior, and studies of neurological and psychiatric pathology and treatment.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Catecholamines" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Contributors

Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by April 13, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Dopamine-Glutamate Interactions Underlying Reward System Plasticity and Addiction
    (Patricia Janak / Marina Wolf)
  • Substance Abuse
    (Wendy Lynch / Veronica Alvarez / Susan Andersen / John Mantsch / Michael Nader / Eric Nestler / Paul Vezina)
  • Neurophysiology and Neurotransmission
    (Patricio O'Donnell / Amy Newman / Carlos Paladini / Mark Thomas / Danny Winder)
  • Stress/Affective Disorders
    (Elisabeth Van Bockstaele / Philip Holmes / Klaus Miczek / Paul Phillips / Kay Tye)
  • Circuits and Molecules
    (Garret Stuber / Elyssa Margolis / Dorit Ron / Vanessa Sperandio / Naoshige Uchida)
  • Neurodegeneration
    (Ahmad Salehi / Joshua Dudman / Lea Grinberg / Michael Heneka / James Surmeier / Malu Tansey)
  • Cognition
    (Bita Moghaddam / Vaishali Bakshi / Shannon Gourley / Amy Milton / Susan Sara / Steven Thomas)
  • Learning and Motivataion
    (Regina Carelli / Rui Costa / Sebastian Bouret / Laura Corbit / Kate Wassum)
  • Keynote Session: Catecholaminergic Regulation of the Prefrontal Cortex and Working Memory
    (David Weinshenker / Amy Arnsten)
  • Power Hour
    (Patricia Janak)
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