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Gordon Research Conference

Myelin Through the Ages: Evolution, Development, Degeneration and Disease


March 18-23, 2018


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information


Patrizia Casaccia & David H. Rowitch

Vice Chairs:
Catherine Lubetzki & Kelly Monk

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 18, 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

Based on progress in the field and the increasing integration of genomics and patient-specific models, this Myelin GRC will be focused on human biology through various ages of development, while giving also a perspective on age-related myelin dysfunction leading to disease. The program of this conference will take a "life course" approach to the study of myelin. The emphasis will be on integrating basic science with human biology and mechanisms of myelin development with those of myelin pathology, in the central and peripheral nervous system. The Conference will bring together speakers in basic and clinical sciences, leaders and scientists who are new to the field, senior and junior investigators, with the intent to favor and promote innovative discussion that will extend the impact of myelin biology. The Conference will provide ample opportunities for junior scientists and graduate students to present their work in poster format. Every session will also feature 1-2 short talks from trainees selected from the abstracts. The Conference will include programmed discussion sessions, as well as opportunities for informal gatherings to brainstorm and share experiences, while fostering cross-disciplinary collaborations in the various research areas represented.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Myelin" 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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National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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 November 18, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Evolution of Myelin
    (William Richardson, Carmen Melendez-Vasquez / Megan Corty / Dan Hartline / Hauke Werner / Bernard Zalc)
  • Fetal Myelin
    (Fraser Sim, Catherine Lubetzki / Valentina Fossati / Sarah Kucenas / Nenad Sestan / Eric Huang)
  • Myelin Development in Early Childhood
    (Elior Peles, Michael Wegner / Alessandra Bolino / Richard Lu / James Lupski / Vittorio Gallo)
  • Adolescent Myelin: Developmental Origins of Psychiatric Diseases
    (Gabriel Corfas, Jacqueline Trotter / Maria Angulo / Jay Giedd / Tomas Paus / Mikael Simons)
  • Myelin Homeostasis
    (Laura Feltri, Charles ffrench-Constant / Bogdan Beirowski / Robert Hill / David Lyons / Vijay Tiwari / Bruno Weber)
  • Myelin Disease: Mechanisms and Treatments
    (Wendy Macklin, Brian Popko / Alasdair Coles / Gustavo DellaFlora Nunes / Klaus-Armin Nave / Lucas Schirmer / Nicolas Tricaud / Adeline Vanderver)
  • Rogue Myelin
    (Dies Meijer, Teresa Wood / Susan Campbell / Benjamin Deneen / Donald Mabbott / Veronique Miron / Hui Zong)
  • Aging Myelin
    (Dwight Bergles, Kelly Monk / Thomas Carmichel / Elisa Deste / Shin Kang / Sarah Moyon / Matthew Rasband / Anna Williams)
  • Myelin Regeneration and New Therapies
    (Robin Franklin, Seema Tiwari-Woodruff / Denise Fitzgerald / Zhigang He / Kleopas Kleopa / Violetta Zujovic)
  • Power Hour
    (Sarah Kucenas, Veronique Miron)

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13NS105384. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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