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Motile & Contractile Systems
Gordon Research Conference

Cytoskeletal Dynamics Across Scales and Dimensions


July 30 - August 4, 2017


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH Site Information


William M. Bement

Vice Chair:
Amy S. Gladfelter

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 2, 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 Motile and Contractile Systems Gordon Research Conference has long served as a preeminent venue for cytoskeleton research. The goal of the meeting is to foster interactions among scientists applying different approaches to understanding the means by which cells harness and modulate the cytoskeleton to dispatch processes such as cell division, cell locomotion, and cell shape change. Accordingly, the meeting attracts biochemists, cell biologists, bioengineers, geneticists, biophysicists, structural biologists, and mathematicians. Topics covered at the meeting include polymer assembly and disassembly, molecular motor function, cytokinesis, mitosis, cell crawling, morphogenesis, and wound healing. In addition, the 2017 meeting, subtitled "Cytoskeletal dynamics across scales and dimensions", will be generally concerned with the means by which cytoskeletal proteins, polymers and ensembles respond to differences in scale and how they respond to differences in dimensions and geometries.

The Motile and Contractile Systems GRC has a tradition of egalitarianism and, accordingly, invited speakers are drawn from the ranks of junior as well as senior investigators, and many talks are drawn from the abstracts, giving students and postdocs the opportunity to present their work. Further, the meeting has an associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) which has exclusively student and postdoc speakers [see "Related Meeting" section below]. Finally, the Motile and Contractile Systems GRC also has a tradition of interactive collegiality, with investigators, postdocs and students mixing freely and posing questions to each other, not only at talks and posters but also during meals and during the external activities.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Motile & Contractile Systems" 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 March 30, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Cytoskeletal Ensembles Across Scales
    (Erika Holzbaur / Rebecca Heald / Ethan Garner / Marko Kaksonen)
  • The Cytoskeleton in a Multicellular Context
    (Adam Martin / Ann Miller / Alpha Yap / Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez / Karen Oegema / David Drubin)
  • Higher Order Cytoskeletal Structures
    (Holly Goodson / Sophie Dumont / Andrew Goryachev / Sabine Petry / Monica Bettencourt-Dias / Daniel Gerlich)
  • The Surprising Diversity of Cytoskeletal Behaviors in One Dimension
    (Gary Brouhard / David Sept / Samara Reck-Peterson / Melissa Gardner / Michael Ostap / Jessica Henty-Ridilla)
  • Conventional Cytoskeletal Systems with Unconventional Partners in Unconventional Places
    (Omar Quintero / Magdalena Bezanilla / Sarah Woolner / Henry Higgs / Peter Lenart / Irina Kaverina)
  • Motors and Polymers in 2 and 3 Dimensions
    (Bruce Goode / Christine Field / Laurent Blanchoin / Michael Murrell / Nikta Fakhri / Douglas Robinson)
  • Corralling Forces and Signals During Cell Division
    (John Cooper / Fred Chang / Jian-Qiu Wu / Amy Maddox / Jennifer Deluca / Iva Tolic)
  • Cortical Dynamics
    (Margot Quinlan / Stephan Grill / George von Dassow / Julie Canman / Anna Marie Sokac / Thomas Pollard)
  • Cells on the Move
    (Stephanie Gupton / Orion Weiner / Tim Stearns / Tatyana Svitkina / Vinay Swaminathan / Margaret Titus)
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