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Red Cells
Gordon Research Conference

Red Blood Cells: Formation, Genetics, Physiology and Disease Mechanisms


July 16-21, 2017


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI Site Information


Mitchell J. Weiss

Vice Chair:
Patrick G. Gallagher

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 18, 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 Red Cells Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and the accompanying Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) for trainees will provide a relaxed, collegial venue to unite diverse investigators working on all aspects of erythrocyte biology, from basic science to translational research on blood disorders. The Red Cells GRC will present cutting edge, unpublished findings on diverse topics including the ontogeny of erythropoiesis, derivation of erythrocytes from pluripotent stem cells, membrane cytoskeletal proteins, genetic/epigenetic regulation of erythroid transcription, cytokine signaling pathways that stimulate erythropoiesis, iron/heme biology, specialized aspects of terminal erythroid maturation and mechanisms of red blood cell diseases. The focus of the 2017 meeting is to present the most impactful new scientific discoveries on red blood cell biology and illustrate their relevance for understanding and treating human diseases. In addition to the core scientific program, a distinguished speaker will give a keynote address providing a historical overview of the field. The Red Cells GRS will occur over 1.5 days prior to the GRC and will include short talks and poster sessions by postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, a keynote address, and a panel discussion on career development with successful scientists and physician-scientists working in academia, industry, publishing and government. The overall objectives of The Red Cells GRS/GRC are to: 1) to promote health-related research that will improve our understanding of blood disorders and lead to new cures, and 2) to inspire new biomedical investigators by providing advice on career development, support from senior scientists and exposure to outstanding scientific research.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Red Cells" 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 16, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Developmental Biology of Erythropoiesis
    (Gordon Keller / James Palis / Timm Schroeder / Andrea Ditadi)
  • Erythroid Transcription: Lineage Specific Transcription Factors
    (Gerd Blobel / Laurie Steiner / Ross Hardison / Bertie Gottgens)
  • Erythroid Transcription: Chromatin
    (Ross Hardison / Emery Bresnick / Stuart Orkin / Jian Xu)
  • Mechanisms of Erythropoiesis: Lineage Commitment and Expansion
    (Naomi Taylor / Vijay Sankaran / Merav Socolovsky / Mohandas Narla)
  • Mechanisms of Erythropoiesis: Terminal Maturation
    (Merav Socolovsky / Daniel Finley / Naomi Taylor / Peng Ji)
  • Heme and Iron
    (Elizabeta Nemeth / Tomas Ganz / Caroline Philpott)
  • Membrane Structure and Function
    (Philip Low / Reinhart Reithmeier / Vann Bennett)
  • Red Cell Disorders: Genetics, Mechanisms and Innovative Treatments
    (Vijay Sankaran, Caroline Le Van Kim / Lydie Da Costa / Jacob Corn / Douglas Higgs)
  • Red Cell Disorders: Infections
    (Kasturi Haldar / Catherine Lavazec / Manoj Duraisingh)
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