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Glycolipid & 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 5-10, 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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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 July 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • The Biophysics of Glyco- and Sphingo-Lipid Biology
  • The Biochemistry of Glyco- and Sphingo-Lipid Biology
  • The Metabolism and Trafficking of Glyco- and Sphingo-Lipids
  • Understanding the 3 "I"s of Glycolipids and Sphingolipids: Inflammation, Infection, Immunity
  • Obesity, Inflammation and Cancer: The Connection Are Sphingolipids
  • New Approaches to Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Biology - Spectrometric, Structural and System-Based Approaches
  • New Roles for Sphingolipid Metabolites: Autophagy and Mitophagy
  • New Approaches to the Sphingolipid Storage Diseases
  • Dysfunctional Glyco- and Sphingo-Lipid Metabolism in Cancer
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