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Biology of Acute Respiratory Infection
Gordon Research Conference

From Bench to Bedside and Back Again: Understanding the Interplay Between the Host and Pathogens of the Lung


March 18-23, 2018


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Chad Steele & Dawn Bowdish

Vice Chairs:
Stacey Schultz-Cherry & Benjamin Marsland

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

Lower respiratory tract infections accounted for 3.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015 making it the most deadly communicable disease and the third leading cause of death behind ischemic heart disease and stroke. The 2018 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Biology of Acute Respiratory Infection will highlight new findings in respiratory tract infections, including clinical burden of disease in vulnerable populations, innate immune recognition and responsiveness, infection-mediated exacerbations in individuals with lung diseases, immunoregulation and repair mechanisms during lung injury after respiratory tract infections. An international group of experts have been assembled to provide cutting-edge overviews of these rapidly evolving topics. The GRC on Biology of Acute Respiratory Infection and associated Gordon Research Seminar strive to bring together basic, translational and clinical scientists to foster communication and understanding of basic mechanisms that inform the development of innovative approaches to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of serious infections of the respiratory tract.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Biology of Acute Respiratory Infection" 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.


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.

  • Keynote Session: Innate Recognition of Lung Pathogens
    (Jay Kolls / Bruce Beutler / Alice Prince / Stefanie Vogel)
  • Infectious Complications Associated with Lung Diseases
    (Theodore Standiford / James Gern / Steven Rowe / David Stoltz)
  • Infection-Associated Lung Injury and Repair
    (John Alcorn / Nicholas Lukacs / Derek Pociask)
  • New Aspects of Lung Epithelial Cell Biology
    (Lester Kobzik / Hong Wei Chu / Tanya Miura / Susanne Herold)
  • Novel Innate Responses During Bacterial Lung Infections
    (Benjamin Marsland / Taylor Cohen / Lee Quinton / David Underhill)
  • Exacerbations During Viral Lung Infections
    (Stacey Schultz-Cherry / Stephania Cormier / Charles Dela Cruz / Matthew Frieman)
  • Lung Pathogens Fighting Back
    (Lee Quinton / Barbara Kazmierczak / Carlos Orihuela / Debby Bogaert)
  • Acute Respiratory Infections - Clinical Perspective
    (Charles Dela Cruz / Rich Wunderink / Heather Zar)
  • Infections in the Aged Lung
    (Dawn Bowdish / Lester Kobzik)
  • Power Hour
    (Jaime Hook)
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