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Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Biology
Gordon Research Conference

The Biochemistry, Biophysics and Physiology of Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Biology


February 11-16, 2018


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX Site Information


Mark Kester

Vice Chair:
Frances Platt

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 14, 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

The 15th Gordon Research Conference on Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Biology will be held from February 11-16, 2018 at the Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas, a lovely secluded seaside venue, which provides an ideal location for scientific discussion. This conference is the primary international venue in the field of glycolipid and sphingolipid biology. Through an interdisciplinary program, all aspects of the biochemistry, biophysics and physiology of glycolipids and sphingolipids will be considered, with a particular emphasis on the clinical relevance of these findings.

The Gordon Research Conference on Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Biology assembles a group of scientists and physicians who are performing cutting edge research to define the roles of these complex and bioactive lipids not only in membrane structure, function and cell regulation, but also in many inflammatory, infectious and autoimmune diseases, including cancer and diabetes. The Gordon Conference is the pre-eminent meeting in the field of glycolipid and sphingolipid biology.

A number of prominent speakers have been invited, but most sessions have time slots reserved for late-breaking topic talks chosen among the submitted abstracts. In the past, the conference has been fully subscribed with an excellent mix of established academic researchers, attendees from industry and young scientists. The poster sessions are an important part of the conference and several young investigators will be chosen to give oral presentations. Ample discussion time will be provided within the sessions and hopefully, during the lovely afternoons on the Gulf of Mexico.


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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 October 11, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • The Biophysics of Glyco- and Sphingo-Lipid Biology
    (Erwin London / John Katsaras / Sandro Sonnino)
  • The Biochemistry of Glyco- and Sphingo-Lipid Biology
    (Howard Riezman / Yoshio Hirabayashi / Thorsten Hornemann / Ilya Levental)
  • The Metabolism and Trafficking of Glyco- and Sphingo-Lipids
    (Kentaro Hanada / Joost Holthuis / Akio Kihara)
  • Understanding the 3 "I"s of Glycolipids and Sphingolipids: Inflammation, Infection, Immunity
    (Erich Gulbins, Alessandro Prinetti / Fikadu Tafesse / Lina Obeid)
  • Obesity, Inflammation, Diabetes and Cancer: The Connection Is Sphingolipids
    (Scott Summers / Philipp Scherer / Frank Gonzalez)
  • New Approaches to Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Biology - Spectrometric, Structural and System-Based Approaches
    (Alfred Merrill / Christoph Arenz / Doris Hoglinger)
  • New Roles for Sphingolipid Metabolites: Autophagy and Mitophagy
    (James Shayman / Richard Proia / Hong-gang Wang / Sarah Spiegel)
  • New Approaches to the Sphingolipid Storage Diseases
    (Tony Futerman / Dagmar Wachten / Alexander Carpinteiro)
  • Dysfunctional Glyco- and Sphingo-Lipid Metabolism in Cancer
    (Richard Kolesnick / Yusuf Hannun / Thomas Loughran / Besim Ogretman)
  • Power Hour
    (Frances Platt)
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