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Chemical & Biological Terrorism Defense (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Basic and Translational Research Advances in the Field of Chemical Defense and Biological Defense of Humans, Animals, and Plants


March 4-5, 2017


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Katie M. Hoffman

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 4, 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 December 4, 2016. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Chemical and Biological Terrorism Defense 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 focus of this meeting is on basic and translational research advances in the field of chemical defense and biological defense of humans, animals, and plants. Seminar and poster sessions will reflect with multi-disciplinary nature of this field and will foster mentorships and networking opportunities with senior scientists and other professionals.

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 December 4, 2016. 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 "Chemical & Biological Terrorism Defense" 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 pmBiological Defense
Discussion Leader: Anita Verma (Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), FDA, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:05 pmOmar Abudayyeh (Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA)
"C2C2 Is a Novel RNA-Guided RNA-Targeting CRISPR Enzyme"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmDebobrato Das (University of Washington, USA)
"Engineering Inhalable Polymeric Prodrugs of Ciprofloxacin for Prophylactic and Therapeutic Treatment of Highly-Lethal Pulmonary Francisella tularensis Infections"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBiological Defense: Toxins
Discussion Leader: Hilary McCarren (U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:00 pmMarcie Jaffee (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA)
"A Method to Detect Human Exposure to Conotoxins"
8:00 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:40 pmKwok Ho Lam (University of California, Irvine, USA)
"Targeting the Intoxication Pathway of Botulinum Neurotoxins with Heavy-Chain Camelid Antibodies"
8:40 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:20 pmJames Machamer (U.S Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, USA)
"3,4-Diaminopyridine Rescues Botulinum-Induced Muscle Paralysis Through Two Distinct Mechanisms"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amChemical Defense
Discussion Leader: James Machamer (U.S Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, USA)
9:00 am - 9:30 amKelly Basi (U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, USA)
"Dimethyl Trisulfide Is an Effective Treatment in an Inhalation Model for Cyanide Poisoning Using Unanesthesized Mice"
9:30 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 10:10 amHilary McCarren (U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, USA)
"Combined Stimulation of α2-Adrenoceptors and GABAA Receptors Abruptly Terminates Soman-Induced Status Epilepticus"
10:10 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:50 amAndy Lin (University of Washington, USA)
"Database Search Strategy for Proteomic Characterization of Unknown Samples"
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 Panel
Discussion Leader: Katie Hoffman (U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Chemical and Biological Defense Career Mentorship"
  • Neil Jensen (Defense Threat Reduction Agency, USA)
  • Charles Thompson (University of Montana, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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