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Collagen (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Collagen Biochemistry to Physiology: Relevance to Living Tissues and Exploitation in Medical Technologies


July 15-16, 2017


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH Site Information


Celestial Jones-Paris & Richard L. Williams

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 17, 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 April 15, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Collagen 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 the 2017 GRS on Collagen is to provoke discussion and collaboration of interdisciplinary approaches to collagen research amongst the emerging generation of investigators advancing our understanding through discoveries. Featured presentations of innovative studies will be selected by the GRS chairs. Poster and program session presentation topics will include, but are not limited to, regulation of collagen expression, biochemical aspects of collagen assembly, roles of collagens in cell biology, biotechnologies, and clinical applications. Invited senior scientists will be present during discussion sessions to advocate new ideas and provide experienced suggestions as needed. Additionally, a keynote lecture will be presented by a distinguished investigator of collagen at the meeting. All attendees of the 2017 GRS on Collagen are encouraged to attend the 2017 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Collagen that follows which will host world-renowned collagen researchers and additional advances will be discussed. These two conferences will be held at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH surrounded by serene mountainous views. Outdoor excursions and on-site sports facilities will be available for adventures and recreations. The 2017 GRS on Collagen will be an atmosphere to build professional confidence, engage in scientific discussions, and enjoy camaraderie among peers.

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 April 15, 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.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Collagen" 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.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by May 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Melinda Duer (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Lessons from My Journey of Doctoral Training and Their Influence on My Career"

  • John Bateman (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia)
  • Melinda Duer (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Joseph Freeman (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Sufi M. Thomas (University of Kansas Medical Center, USA)

Funding for this conference was made possible by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease (NIAMS). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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