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Cell Contact & Adhesion
Gordon Research Conference

Cell Contact as a Master Regulator of Membrane Organization, Mechanics and Signaling


June 18-23, 2017


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH Site Information


Andrea McClatchey

Vice Chair:
Andrew J. Ewald

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 21, 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 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Cell Contact & Adhesion (CC&A) and associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be held from June 17-23 at Proctor Academy, Andover, NH. The GRC has been held biannually since 1973 and has led both scientific progress and the training/mentoring pipeline of young scientists in the field. In work often presented in unpublished form at the CC&A GRC, the CC&A community has driven an appreciation of the complex and dynamic nature of cell contacts and their central role in guiding many cell behaviors such as polarity, signaling and mechanics and in driving human disease, particularly cancer. The scientific and social themes of the 2017 meeting seek to build unity in both the science of cell contacts and within the CC&A community. This will be achieved by communicating unpublished data, nucleating innovative multidisciplinary collaborations, defining community standards that enhance the rigor and reproducibility of cell adhesion experiments and mapping strategies for community-driven support for trainees/future scientific leaders.

Cell-cell contacts were initiating elements in the evolution of multicellular life forms. The 2017 CC&A GRC scientific program reflects the central role of cell contacts in complex biologies, building from new proteomic, imaging, computational and engineering approaches that are driving an unprecedented view of the molecular composition and dynamic nature of cell junctions, to ways that cell contacts guide polarity, mechanics and signaling within individual or neighboring cells, to studies of how communication among many cells governs morphogenesis, homeostasis and diseases of multicellular tissues. At every step the program will highlight new technologies, tools and approaches, while spotlighting the talent of young investigators.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Cell Contact & Adhesion" 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.


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 February 18, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Advancing the Field: Using New Technologies to Understand How Cell Contact Coordinates Signaling and Tissue Organization In Vivo
    (Andrea McClatchey / Darren Gilmour)
  • Establishing Cell-Cell Contact: Molecular Composition
    (Andrew Ewald / William Weis / Christina Van Itallie / Kathleen Green / Pierre-Francois Lenne)
  • Establishing Cell-Cell Contact: Imaging/Modeling
    (Andrew Kowalczyk / Tatyana Svitkina / Pakorn Kanchanawong / Katie Bentley)
  • Impact of Cell-Cell Contacts: Mechanical
    (Kathleen Green / Margaret Gardel / Adam Martin / Christopher Chen / Alpha Yap)
  • Impact of Cell-Cell Contacts: Polarity and Signaling
    (Alpha Yap / David Bryant / James Salzer / Ken Irvine / Jeffrey Axelrod)
  • Communication Among Cells via Contacts: Principles and Homeostasis
    (Christopher Chen / Roberto Mayor / Ann Miller / Carien Niessen / Sally Horne-Badovinac)
  • Communication Among Cells via Contacts: Morphogenesis
    (Cara Gottardi / Mark Peifer / Christin Kuo / Douglas Desimone / Jennifer Zallen)
  • Defective Cell Contacts in Human Disease
    (Carien Niessen / Cara Gottardi / Matthew Tyska / Andrew Kowalczyk / Martin Schwartz)
  • Cell Contacts in Cancer Development and Progression
    (Mark Peifer / Gaudenz Danuser / Juliet Daniel / Panos Anastasiadis)
  • Power Hour
    (Cara Gottardi)
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