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Lung Development, Injury & Repair (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Resolving Lung Injury - From Causes to Mechanisms to Treatments


August 19-20, 2017


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH Site Information


Alexandra Noel & Poornima Mahavadi

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 22, 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 19, 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 Lung Development, Injury and Repair 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 2017 meeting will focus on new frontiers in pulmonary health and disease, highlighting in vitro, in vivo and clinical studies linking causes and mechanisms which are paving ways for new therapies and treatments. The GRS will also include a mentorship component on the various career opportunities in this research field.

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 19, 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.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Lung Development, Injury & Repair" 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: New Frontiers in Pulmonary Health and Disease
Discussion Leader: Susan Guttentag (Vanderbilt University, USA)
3:45 pm - 3:55 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
3:55 pm - 4:20 pmGisli Jenkins (University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
"Can Breathing Promote Lung Fibrosis? The Role of Mechanotransduction and Integrins in the Development of Pulmonary Fibrosis"
4:20 pm - 4:25 pmDiscussion
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmGeneral Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmLinking Lung Development, Injury and Repair: Lessons from In Vitro and In Vivo Studies
Discussion Leader: Andreas Guenther (Universities of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center, Germany)
7:30 pm - 7:35 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:35 pm - 7:50 pmLeonor Gouveia (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"Lung-Specific Deletion of Pdgfa Leads to Alveolar Development Arrest"
7:50 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmVeronika Winkelmann (University of Ulm, Germany)
"Barrier Disturbances of the Alveolar-Capillary Barrier"
8:10 pm - 8:15 pmDiscussion
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmYue Ren (University of Rochester Medical Center, USA)
"Cellular and Acellular Factors Influence Mast Cell Phenotype"
8:30 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 8:50 pmYan (Tina) Zhang (University of California, San Diego, USA)
"E3 Ubiquitin Ligase FBXW7 Controls Airway Cell Fate"
8:50 pm - 8:55 pmDiscussion
8:55 pm - 9:10 pmNathalie Fuentes (Penn State College of Medicine, USA)
"Estrogen Regulation of Inflammatory Mediators and Pulmonary Function in Ozone-Induced Inflammation"
9:10 pm - 9:15 pmDiscussion
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmGeneral Discussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amInsights from Basic Research Paving the Way for New Therapies
Discussion Leader: Kent Pinkerton (University of California, Davis, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amStephania Cormier (University of Tennessee Health Science Center, USA)
"Exposure of the Developing Lung to Environmental Pollutants and the Development of Asthma"
9:20 am - 9:25 amDiscussion
9:25 am - 9:40 amSander van Riet (Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands)
"Generation of Alveolar Epithelial Cells and Endothelial Cells from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells"
9:40 am - 9:45 amDiscussion
9:45 am - 10:00 amJared Mereness (University of Rochester, USA)
"Type IV Collagen Promotes Pulmonary Epithelial Spreading and Wound-Closure via Integrin 1 and PI3K"
10:00 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:20 amJennifer Sucre (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"Hyperoxia Exposure of Developing Lung Epithelium Promotes Activated Wnt Signaling in Underlying Mesenchyme"
10:20 am - 10:25 amDiscussion
10:25 am - 10:40 amPrajakta Oak (Comprehensive Pneumology Center, Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, Germany)
"Monocyte-Centered Inflammatory Responses Driving Pulmonary Injury in Neonatal Chronic Lung Disease"
10:40 am - 10:45 amDiscussion
10:45 am - 10:55 amAnkita Burman (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"ER Stress Effector C/EBP Homologous Protein (CHOP) Augments AEC Apoptosis and Worsens Lung Fibrosis"
10:55 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: Careers Opportunities with a PhD: Academia, Government and Industry
Discussion Leader: Jason Rock (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader: An Academic Perspective
1:40 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Careers Opportunities with a Ph.D. - Point of Views of the Industry (Pharma) and the Government (NHLBI)"
  • James Kiley (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH, USA)
  • Lois Lehman-McKeeman (Bristol-Myers Squibb, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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