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Antimicrobial Peptides (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Innovative Strategies in the Research and Development of Antimicrobial Peptides to Increase Therapeutic Potential


February 25-26, 2017


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information


Anne M. van der Does

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 28, 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 November 25, 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 Antimicrobial Peptides 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.

This meeting will focus on innovative advances regarding the research and development of (new) antimicrobial peptides for therapeutic application. Special attention will be given to the mentorship role of experienced researchers with focus on how to successfully start a research group and obtaining the funding to do so.

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 November 25, 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 "Antimicrobial Peptides" 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 pmKeynote Session: The Story of LL-37
Discussion Leader: Maaike Scheenstra (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmBirgitta Agerberth (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
"The Role of the Human Cathelicidin LL-37 in Health and Disease"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmBiology of Antimicrobial Peptides
Discussion Leaders: Anurag Agrawal (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) and Melissa Langer (University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Germany)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmSuado Abdillahi (Lund University, Sweden)
"Host Defense Properties of Collagen VI and Its Potential as a Therapeutic Agent"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmLiwei Hui (University of Science and Technology of China, China)
"Antimicrobial Peptide Mimetics as Anticancer Agents"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmJennifer Payne (Monash University, Australia)
"Disorder in the Membrane - Interaction of an Antifungal Defensin with Bilayers"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmThomas Shafee (La Trobe University, Australia)
"Exploring Defensin Function and Evolution with Quantitative Maps of Protein Sequence Space"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amAdvances in Development of Antimicrobial Peptides for Therapeutic Application
Discussion Leaders: Christine Hart (Wayne State University, USA) and Faiza Waghu (National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health, India)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAnna de Breij (Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands)
"SAAP-148 Eliminates Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Persisters and Biofilms"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amLee Schnaider (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
"Design and Development of Self-Assembling Stereo-Specific Antibacterial Peptides and Nano-Structures"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amKishore Reddy Thappeta (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
"In Vitro Combined Efficacy of a Novel Antimicrobial Cationic Peptide Polymer with Conventional Antibiotics to Combat Multi-Drug Resistant Pathogens"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amEvan Haney (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Understanding the Sequence Requirements of Host Defence Peptides: Where Do Activities Overlap?"
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: Starting a Research Group
Discussion Leader: Daniel Svensson (Lund University, Sweden)
1:30 pm - 2:10 pmNeeloffer Mookherjee (University of Manitoba, Canada)
"Build Your Scientific Career and Network: Lean in with Gusto"
2:10 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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