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Synaptic Transmission (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

From SNAREs to Small Networks - New Insights into Synaptic Transmission


August 13-14, 2016


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH


James A. Daniel

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Synaptic Transmission 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.

The focus of this meeting is to provide a forum for early career neuroscientists to present and discuss unpublished research on synapses, ranging from fundamental biophysics/biochemistry to the function of synapses in neural networks. The meeting aims to foster open scientific discussion between participants, collaborations, mentorship and a global perspective on synapse research.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Synaptic Transmission" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final 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: Modulation of Short-Term Synaptic Plasticity
Discussion Leader: Richard Tsien (New York University School of Medicine, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmErwin Neher (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany)
"Modulation of Short-Term Synaptic Plasticity - Katz's Concept in the Light of Recent Findings at the Calyx of Held"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPresynaptic Mechanisms of Neurotransmission
Discussion Leaders: Sergio Couoh-Cardel (State University of New York Upstate Medical University, USA) and Devon Crawford (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmCallista Harper (University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
"Altered Synaptobrevin-II Trafficking in Neurons Expressing a Synaptophysin Mutation Associated with a Severe Neurodevelopmental Disorder"
7:45 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:15 pmQiangjun Zhou (Stanford University / Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA)
"Molecular Mechanism of 'Fast' Ca2+-Triggered Synaptic Neurotransmitter Release"
8:15 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmSean Merrill (University of Utah, USA)
"Locating Synaptic Calcium Channels"
8:45 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:15 pmNoemi Holderith (Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
"Target Cell Type Dependent Quantitative Differences in Presynaptic Active Zones"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amSynaptic Plasticity - From Molecules to Networks
Discussion Leaders: Srikanth Ramaswamy (Blue Brain Project, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) and Anna Ingebretson (University of Minnesota, USA)
9:00 am - 9:15 amWeinan Sun (Vollum Institute, USA)
"Subunit Interactions Within NMDA Receptors"
9:15 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:45 amTricia Garay (University of Michigan, USA)
"The RAI1 Complex: Priming the Chromatin for Synaptic Plasticity-Related Gene Expression"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amSimon Chamberland (Laval University, Canada)
"Presynaptic Calcium Dynamics Translate Bursts of Action Potential to Control the Mode of Neurotransmitter Release"
10:15 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:45 amNorbert Krebs (University of Bern, Switzerland)
"Neuropathic Pain Impairs Spike-Timing Dependent Long-Term Depression in Layer 5 Pyramidal Neurons of the Anterior Cingulate Cortex"
10:45 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: Career Panel
Discussion Leader: James Daniel (Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Germany)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Building Your Career in Neuroscience"
  • Alison Barth (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Lindsey Glickfeld (Duke University, USA)
  • Richard Tsien (New York University School of Medicine, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute Of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13NS096779. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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