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Gordon Research Conference

Novel Perspectives on Cerebellar Development, Physiology, and Disease


July 30 - August 4, 2017


Bates College
Lewiston, ME Site Information


Thomas S. Otis & Amy Bastian

Vice Chairs:
Megan R. Carey & Javier F. Medina

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 2, 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.

Meeting Description

The 4th Gordon Research Conference on the Cerebellum will bring together leading scientists and their trainees who are on the forefront of research on the cerebellum. The cerebellum is a brain structure that is critical for learning and controlling movement, and has more recently been implicated in sensory and cognitive functions. The conference will highlight new advances in understanding cerebellar function at the genetic, cellular, circuit and behavioral level and its role in disease states ranging from ataxia to autism. We plan to highlight the newest findings in the field, such as the recently discovered long-range cerebellar connections to other parts of the brain as well as the role of the cerebellum in psychiatric diseases. The major goal of this meeting is to bring together a diverse set of international speakers and trainees in order to enable the exchange of information that would not be possible otherwise. This interaction is essential for developing new ideas and technical methods for understanding the fundamental operation of the cerebellum and novel treatments for human disease.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Cerebellum" 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.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 30, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Neurophysiology of Cerebellar Circuits and Sensorimotor Behavior
    (Stephen Lisberger / Abigail Person / Mehrdad Jazayeri / Kathleen Cullen)
  • Mechanisms of Cerebellar Dysfunction in Psychiatric Disease
    (Chiadi Onyike / Jeremy Schmahmann / Samuel Wang)
  • Genetic Ataxias and Sensorimotor Dysfunction in Disease
    (Henry Paulson / Mandy Jackson / Stefan Pulst / Alanna Watt)
  • Long Range Circuit Interactions Involving the Cerebellum
    (Adam Hantman / Clement Lena / Kamran Khodakhah)
  • Computational and Behavioral Studies in the Cerebellum
    (Jennifer Raymond / Peter Thier / Daniel Wolpert / Joern Diedrichsen)
  • Cellular and Synaptic Function in the Cerebellum
    (Indira Raman / David Digregorio / Wade Regehr / Marylka Uusisaari)
  • Cerebellar Development and Patterning
    (Roy Sillitoe / Richard Apps / Mary Beth Hatten / Suzana Herculano)
  • Molecular and Genetic Studies of the Cerebellum
    (Susan Ackerman / Martijn Schonewille / Peter Scheiffele)
  • Keynote Session: The Molecular, Cellular and Synaptic Physiology of the Cerebellum
    (Thomas Otis / Masunobu Kano)
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