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Proteoglycans in Homeostasis and Disease: Cracking the PG Code


July 8-13, 2018


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH Site Information


Anthony J. Day & Carol De La Motte

Vice Chair:
Liliana Schaefer

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 10, 2018. 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

Proteoglycans are being found to play important roles across an increasingly broad range of biological systems and disease processes. This is underpinned by their highly regulated production and turnover, the inherent complexity of their structure and organization in tissues, and their diverse interactions with extracellular signaling molecules. The recent explosion in knowledge has been driven by the development of new tools and methodologies that are helping to crack the PG code as well as by a growing awareness of the functional importance of these fundamental and ubiquitous molecules by the wider scientific and medical communities. The program will bring together the latest research at the forefront of the field including traditional topics such as proteoglycan biosynthesis and catabolism, along with expanding areas such as the roles of PGs in fibrosis, cell metabolism and ageing. For example, new functional activities of proteoglycans will be discussed in the contexts of cancer, diseases of the musculoskeletal and neuronal systems, and immune evasion by pathogens. There will also be a strong focus on recently developed technologies for PG research and on the translation of proteoglycans into novel therapeutics and tissue engineering approaches.

The 2018 Gordon Research Conference will honor the traditions of past meetings allowing multi-disciplinary scientific discussions between investigators at all career stages within its inclusive and collegial atmosphere. In addition to presentations by invited speakers, approximately 40 short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts, based on their novelty and fit with conference themes. Daily poster sessions will be preceded by "Poster Preview" presentations to highlight exciting new work; here graduate students, postdocs and new investigators who have not been chosen for a short talk will be given priority. Moreover, the outstanding camaraderie of the proteoglycan community will undoubtedly provide an unparalleled opportunity for more junior scientists to interact with senior investigators. Open dissemination of ideas between all participants will be maximized in order to continue the growth, development and diversity of the proteoglycan field.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Proteoglycans" 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.


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Caisson Biotech, LLC
IBEX Technologies Inc.
Symic Bio, Inc
New England BioLabs, Inc.

Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Late-Breaking Topics
  • Proteoglycan Homeostasis
  • Proteoglycans in Cell Metabolism, Autophagy and Oxidative Stress
  • Proteoglycan-Based Technologies and Treatments
  • Proteoglycans in Development, Musculoskeletal and Aging Biology
  • Proteoglycans in Fibrosis, Inflammation and Infectious Disease
  • Proteoglycans in Cell Signalling and Trafficking
  • Proteoglycans in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • Proteoglycans in Cancer and Neural Biology
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