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Matrix Metalloproteinases (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

The Future of Metallo-Proteases: Making the Cut in Biological Processes and Diseases


July 8-9, 2017


University of New England
Biddeford, ME Site Information


Antoine H. Dufour & Dina V. Hingorani

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 10, 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 8, 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 Matrix Metalloproteinases is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with varying levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. In an informal, confidential and friendly setting young minds can interact and make invaluable collaborations with experienced researchers from academia and industry alike.

The focus of this meeting is to highlight recent developments in the field of metallo-protease biology with a focus on the ADAM, ADAMTS and MMP enzyme families. The discussions will center on the role of these enzymes in regulating the complex biological processes involved in development, tissue homeostasis, immune system regulation and diseases such as auto-immune conditions, cardiovascular and neurological disorders, infectious diseases, and cancer.

Proteases act in the context of complex cascades creating a multifaceted universe of protein-protein interactions dynamic and modulated in disease states. Whether your interest lies in substrate/inhibitor design, cell signaling pathways or utilizing existing tools to study a biological condition involving metallo-proteases, this Gordon Research Seminar series is the place for you. You will gain insight into the role of proteases in various disease states, new technology being developed to investigate and image these enzymes and leveraging this knowledge for drug discovery. We will take you back in time to what we know about metallo-proteases to move forward and fill in the gaps of what remains elusive. We will also discuss how to tackle the next generation problems in the field of proteolysis to solve crucial biological problems in human pathologies.

The GRS attendees are also suggested to attend the related GRC on Matrix Metalloproteinases (Chair, Howard C. Crawford and Vice Chair, Rama Khokha). This meeting will indeed have a strong representation from the next generation of scientists.

The GRS on Matrix Metalloproteinases will feature oral presentations, two poster sessions and a career panel to advise on and discuss the range of career paths available to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Looking forward to seeing everyone is beautiful Maine.

Antoine Dufour (Chair) and Dina Hingorani (Associate Chair)

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 8, 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 "Matrix Metalloproteinases" 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 8, 2017. Please check back for updates.


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Career Panel"

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