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Cellular & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Chemical-Microbiome Interactions in Toxicology


August 12-13, 2017


Proctor Academy
Andover, NH Site Information


Alessandro Venosa & Karilyn E. Sant

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 15, 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 May 12, 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 Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity is a unique forum for graduate students, postdocs, and other early career scientists to present and exchange novel, cutting-edge ideas. The focus of this meeting is to provide young scientists and investigators with an inviting forum for the exchange and discussion of new/unpublished data on mechanistic toxicology. The GRS will highlight recent advancements in the field of microbiome analysis, aimed towards safety assessment and understanding mechanisms of toxicity. The GRS will include a scientific development session with panelists from industry, government, and academia in order to provide attendees with information regarding data rigor and reproducibility.

Attendees are expected to fully participate in the GRS and present original research, thus all applications must include an abstract. Young scientists are invited to present research on all areas of mechanistic toxicology including microbiome modeling, translational studies, computational toxicology, and more. The GRS will include approximately 8 graduate student/postdoc platform presentations, which the Chairs will select from the abstracts. All attendees are expected to present their original research by presenting a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above. All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an application for the associated Gordon Research Conference from August 14-19, 2017.

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 May 12, 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 "Cellular & Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity" 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 June 12, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Stephanie Shore (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA)
    "Obesity and Asthma: Microbiome-Metabolome Interactions"


  • Tamara Tal (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA)
    "Host-Associated Microbiota and Chemical Induced Developmental Toxicity"

Additional Speakers Will Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • Karilyn Sant (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
  • Alessandro Venosa (Rutgers University, USA)

Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Data Rigor and Reproducibility: Considerations for Statistical Analysis, Transparency, and Management"

  • Shaun McCullough (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA)
    "Considerations for Interpretation and Reporting of Results"
  • Jason Richardson (Northeast Ohio Medical University, USA)
    "Considerations for Interpretation and Reporting of Results"
  • Glenn Begley (Tetralogic Pharmaceuticals, USA)
    "The Current Problem with Rigor and Reproducibility"
  • Radhika Dhingra (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA)
    "Statistical Analysis 'Good Practices' to Improve Data Rigor"
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