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Autophagy in Stress, Development & Disease
Gordon Research Conference

Autophagy: Basic Biology, Aging and Age-Related Diseases


March 18-23, 2018


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Katja Simon & David C. Rubinsztein

Vice Chairs:
Malene Hansen & Li Yu

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

Autophagy is a fundamental biological process that impacts nearly all facets of human health, including a number of age-related diseases, such as neurodegeneration, cancer, infection and immunity, inflammation and allergy, metabolic diseases and diabetes, muscle atrophy, as well as the aging process itself. The growing realization of the broad impact of autophagy in human health is in part the result of vigorous scientific exchange facilitated by previous Gordon Research Conferences on autophagy. The 2018 GRC meeting on autophagy will be instrumental in communicating the newest molecular insights of the role and regulation of autophagy in aging and age-related disorders, with the goal of facilitating translation of the presently acquired knowledge into drugs and novel treatments for such diseases.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Autophagy in Stress, Development & Disease" 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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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.

  • Keynote Session: Lysosome Biology
  • Lysosomes: The Final Destination for the Autophagosome
  • Basic Mechanisms of Autophagosome Formation
  • Basic Biology of Autophagy
  • Selective Autophagy
  • Inflammation and Immunity
  • Drug Discovery
  • Age-Related Diseases
  • Autophagy in Aging
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