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Barriers of the CNS
Gordon Research Conference

Exploring Novel Technologies to Overcome Present Challenges in Understanding Brain Barriers Function

Dates

June 17-22, 2018

Location

Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH Site Information

Organizers

Chair:
Britta Engelhardt

Vice Chair:
William Elmquist

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 20, 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

Since 1999, the Barriers of the CNS Gordon Research Conference has played an integral role in bringing together, maintaining, and shaping a multidisciplinary international group of world-wide scientists and clinicians that have a genuine interest in brain barriers in health and disease. As such, one enduring characteristic of this conference has been to bring together a broad spectrum of ever-evolving disciplines that, together, can yield significant advances in the study of brain barriers. With this in mind, the keynote lectures of the 2018 Gordon Conference on Barriers of the CNS will address the role of brain barriers in maintaining the immune privilege of the CNS. The conference will further highlight novel cellular and molecular aspects of brain barriers in health and disease based on intravital microscopy, mathematical modeling, and bioinformatic tools. A novel online platform allowing facilitated data-mining of the brain barriers transciptomes, the BBBHub, will be introduced to the community. Rounding out the conference will be sessions on the role of brain barriers in development and in neurological disorders, as well as novel concepts for drug delivery across the BBB.

In keeping with the tradition of the brain barriers research field, this conference will bring together leading researchers from different disciplines with relevance to the brain barriers. The conference will be ideal for junior scientists to discuss their work with the leaders in the field, either in poster or short podium presentations. Ample discussion time following each presentation has been scheduled and many opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings will allow the Conference to provide a unique framework for brainstorming and promoting new ideas and novel collaborations.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Barriers of the CNS" 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.

Contributors

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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 November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Brain Barriers in Regulation of CNS Immune Privilege
  • The Role of Brain Barriers in CNS Fluid Flow – Imaging, Modeling and Neurosurgery
  • Brain Barriers in Development and Homeostasis
  • Brain Barrier Bioinformatics and Omics
  • Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Barrier Integrity
  • Role of the Brain Barriers in Tumor Growth and Brain Metastases
  • Novel Concept in Drug Delivery Across the Brain Barriers
  • BBB Microenvironment in Health and Disease
  • Keynote Session: Engineering the Human Brain Barriers
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