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Lung Development, Injury & Repair
Gordon Research Conference

Lung Health and Disease Across Age, Environment and Species


August 20-25, 2017


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH Site Information


Andreas Guenther & Jason Rock

Vice Chairs:
Susan Guttentag & Irina Petrache

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 23, 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

Chronic pulmonary diseases frequently develop in the context of the aging lung and in response to a permanent interaction of the bronchial and alveolar epithelium with inhaled agents, allergens and noxes. In addition, as seen from an evolutionary and species-overspanning point of view, the lung's architecture is remarkably flexible in dependency of the habitat that the species is living in, suggesting that the underlying signalling pathways interact in a tightly regulated fashion, pending on the requirements defined by the niche.

The 2017 GRC Conference on Lung Development, Injury and Repair is dedicated to revisit our understanding of key processes underlying lung development, injury and repair in the context of age, environment and species, with the hope of better understanding disease development and to discover novel therapeutic approaches.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Lung Development, Injury & Repair" 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 April 20, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Evolutionary Plasticity of the Lung in Response to Environmental Changes: Lessons We Can Learn for Pulmonary Medicine
    (Susan Guttentag / Kenneth Storey / Susan Mango / Kent Pinkerton)
  • Stem Cells: Which Ones at Which Stage of Life and in Response to Disease?
    (Brigid Hogan / Edward Morrisey / Daniel Lafkas / Carla Kim / Purushothama Rao Tata / Hal Chapman)
  • Layering Regulatory Networks of Differentiation into a Blueprint
    (Thomas Mariani / Tushar Desai / Jichao Chen / Yan Xu)
  • Cell-Cell Communication Systems
    (Saverio Bellusci / Wellington Cardoso / Elie El Agha / Emma Rawlins / Roxana Wasnick / Parviz Minoo)
  • Cell-Matrix Communication Systems
    (Boris Hinz / Victor Thannickal / Gisli Jenkins / Daniel Tschumperlin)
  • Origin and Consequences of Cellular Stress
    (Tim Blackwell / Ana Mora / Poornima Mahavadi / Silke Meiners / Christine Garcia / Jeanine D'Armiento)
  • Regulating Inflammation in the Lung
    (Irina Petrache / Andrew Loudon / Lawrence Prince / Claudia Jakubzick)
  • The Rewards of Systems Biology in an Omics Age
    (Naftali Kaminski / Ziv Bar-Joseph / Jonathan Kropski / Smita Krishnaswamy / Koji Sakamoto / Max Seibold)
  • The Smaller, the Better: Reductionist Models of Lung Biology
    (Barry Stripp / Kambez Benam / Andrew Thorley / Finn Hawkins / Evan Eichler)
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