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Phagocytes (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Eaters and Talkers: The Role of Phagocytes in Control of Infection and Inflammation


June 10-11, 2017


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH Site Information


Kessler J. McCoy-Simandle & Matthew E. Long

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 13, 2017. 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.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 10, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Phagocytes is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. The GRS will consist of 3 scientific sessions featuring short research talks with audience questions and 2 poster sessions. The scientific sessions will be highly interactive and presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts to cover a wide range of phagocyte biology. All attendees will have the opportunity to present their research at the poster sessions. The GRS is structured to foster collaborative networking opportunities among the next generation of researchers in the phagocyte community. The GRS will conclude with a session devoted to career development. This will be hosted by a panel of senior scientists in the field and will discuss several key subjects to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows be successful and thrive during their research years.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 10, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Phagocytes" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmMethods and Models in Phagocyte Biology
Discussion Leader: Valentin Jaumouille (National Institutes of Health, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:55 pmPhilip Ostrowski (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Using Super Resolution Microscopy to Investigate Podosome Like Structures in the Phagocytic Cup"
3:55 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 4:10 pmJuliet Foote (University College London, United Kingdom)
"Assessment of Phagosomal pH in Human Neutrophils, Monocytes and Macrophages, and in a Myeloid Hoxb8 Cell Line with and Without Hvcn1"
4:10 pm - 4:15 pmDiscussion
4:15 pm - 4:25 pmHannah Roddie (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
"Uncleared Apoptotic Cells Dampen Macrophage Inflammatory Responses in Drosophila Embryos"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMacrophage Mechanisms of Phagocytosis and Interactions with Pathogenic Bacteria
Discussion Leader: Catherine Buckley (University of Sheffield, United Kingdom)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmMaksim Baranov (Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Science (RIMLS), The Netherlands)
"SWAP70 Organizes the Actin Cytoskeleton and Is Essential for Phagocytosis"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmTaylor Moon (University of Rochester, USA)
"A Role for P2Y2-αvβ5 Interaction in Phagocyte Migration and Engulfment of Apoptotic Cells"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmLu Huang (Cornell University, USA)
"Host Cell Permissiveness Revealed by Reporter Mtb Strains"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmStephanie Brandt (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"Skin Resident Macrophages Drive Detrimental Host Defense During Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Skin Infection in Diabetic Mice"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amNeutrophil Responses to Infection and Inflammation
Discussion Leader: Justin Deniset (University of Calgary, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:20 amSilvie Kremserova (University of Iowa, USA)
"Insights into Lysis of Human Neutrophils After S. aureus Ingestion"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amMichelle Pitts (University of Kentucky, USA)
"Prostaglandin E2 Contributes to Neutrophil Dysfunction in the Hepatic Response to Listeria monocytogenes"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amMelanie Salvermoser (Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany)
"Myo1f Regulates Extravasion of Neutrophils During Acute Inflammation"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amShuvasree Sengupta (University of Louisville, USA)
"Adherent Human Neutrophils Depend on Accessory Cells for Their Survival Response to LPS"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Development Strategies
Panel discussion related to topics of mentorship, CV and skill development, and transition strategies for students and Postdoctoral Fellows. Attendees are encouraged to share any questions or concerns related to their career.
Discussion Leader: Kessler McCoy-Simandle (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Making the Most of the Mentor-Trainee Relationship"
  • Michelle Lennartz (Albany Medical College, USA)
  • John Brumell (Hospital for Sick Children, Canada)
  • Dianne Cox (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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