Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 21, 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.
Please note: The online application form for 2018 meetings will be available in April.
The 2018 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on "Cornea and Ocular Surface Biology and Pathology" will explore the mechanisms through which the cornea, conjunctiva, tear film and immune system operate under homeostatic and pathological conditions. With our ageing population, the chances of each of us experiencing a sight threatening eye condition is significantly increasing. The aim of the meeting is to share knowledge such that translation of fundamental research findings can be expedited into the development of sight saving modalities. Presentations will feature latest technologies in biological sciences such as the use of induced pluripotent stem cells, as well as genetics and global "omics" analysis for comprehensive studies. Novel interactions of the immune system with microorganisms and host tissue will also be discussed. Invited speakers represent a wide-range of scientific disciplines, including cell and molecular biology, neuronal biology, biochemistry, molecular genetics, immunology and microbiology. In addition, physician/scientists will discuss anterior segmental diseases that have commonality to pathologies seen in other specialties as a means to gain insight into such disease processes. By bringing together investigators outside of the ocular community as well as those at the forefront of ocular surface biology, the GRC on Cornea and Ocular Surface Biology and Pathology will provide unique opportunities for cross-fertilization among young investigators, including graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and early career researchers with leaders in several fields.
The associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) is designed to allow and encourage graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, early career scientists and junior faculty to share their research in an active and non-intimidating research environment. Short talks and poster sessions are also encompassed in this seminar. The GRS will conclude by a mentoring session of early career and estabslished researchers worldwide and by an evaluation session.
This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Cornea & Ocular Surface Biology & Pathology" 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.
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: Latest Updates in Skin Biology
Ocular Surface and Lacrimal Gland
Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Stromal Development, Disease and Therapy
Translational Research: In Search of New Therapies
Innate and Acquired Immunity in Corneal Pathophysiology
Disease Models for Therapeutic Interventional Studies
Tissue Homeostasis and Wound Healing
Mechanisms of Genetic Corneal Disease