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Cannabinoid Function in the CNS (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Molecular and Neuronal Networks of the Endocannabinoid System for Future Therapeutic Perspectives


August 19-20, 2017


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH Site Information


Ozge Gunduz-Cinar & Daniela Neuhofer

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 22, 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 May 19, 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 Cannabinoid Function in the CNS provides a unique opportunity for young scientists to share cutting edge research ideas and build long-lasting networks with colleagues and leaders in the cannabinoid field during a critical point in their careers. The small, collaborative atmosphere of these seminars encourages meaningful interactions and open discussions of unpublished work that are required to push back the frontiers of cannabinoid neurobiology. The 4th Gordon Research Seminar on Cannabinoid Function in the CNS will explore cannabinoid signaling molecules and systems, how they function within networks and how they can be harnessed for their therapeutic potential in treating neurological conditions and disease. This seminar will feature a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. George Koob. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with a diverse set of mentors in the scientific community in career paths within and beyond academia.

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 May 19, 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 "Cannabinoid Function in the CNS" 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 pmKeynote Session: Networks to Therapeutic Perspectives
Discussion Leader: Ozge Gunduz-Cinar (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:25 pmGeorge Koob (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, USA)
"Neurobiology of Addiction: A Negative Reinforcement Perspective"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFrom Molecules to Networks
Discussion Leader: Natalie Zlebnik (University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmDan Covey (University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA)
"Endocannabinoid Synthesis by Dopamine Neurons Drives Cue-Directed Motivation"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:25 pmEun-Kyung Hwang (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, USA)
"Pathway-Specific Synaptic Remodeling of Glutamate Synapses in the Nucleus Accumbens Caused by Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:55 pmHanna Molla (Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, USA)
"Developmental Regulation of Prefrontal Plasticity by Endocannabinoid-CB1R Signaling In Vivo"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:25 pmHaley Vecchiarelli (University of Calgary, Canada)
"Peripheral Inflammation Promotes Anxiety Through a CRF-R1 Mediated Suppression of Central AEA Signaling"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amTherapeutic Perspectives
Discussion Leader: Jibran Khokhar (Dartmouth College, USA)
9:00 am - 9:25 amRajiv Radhakrishnan (Yale University School of Medicine, USA)
"Effect of Cannabinoids on Encoding and Memory"
9:25 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:55 amMaria Morena (University of Calgary, Canada)
"Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Overexpression in the Basolateral Nucleus of the Amygdala Induces Paradoxical Effects on Anxiety and Fear Memory in Rats"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:25 amRoberto Colangeli (University of Calgary, Canada)
"The Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase Inhibitor URB597 Supresses Epileptic Seizures and Does Not Alter Synaptic Plasticity at the Perforant Path-Dentate Gyrus Synapses"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:55 amMiguel Luján (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)
"Attenuating the Reinforcing Properties of Cocaine with Cannabidiol: A Potential Role of Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis"
10:55 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: Building Your Network
Discussion Leader: Daniela Neuhofer (Medical University of South Carolina, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Building Your Network"
  • Beth Babecki (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, USA)
  • Alex Goddard (Tal Medical, USA)
  • Zoe Hughes (Pfizer, USA)
  • Brian Mathur (University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA)
  • Stephen Wright (GW Pharmaceuticals, United Kingdom)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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