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Visual System Development (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Fundamental Mechanisms Underlying Health and Disease in Visual System Development


August 6-7, 2016


Mount Snow
West Dover, VT


Mark A. Charlton-Perkins

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Visual System Development 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This is a unique platform for students and postdoctoral research fellows in the visual research field to share current, unpublished research amongst their peers, in the absence of the intimidation often associated with international scientific forums. The personal nature of the GRS provides an environment in which the future leaders in vision research can abundantly communicate, connect and cultivate collaborations.

The 2016 program includes a prominent vision neuroscientist, Hugo Bellen (HHMI, Baylor College of Medicine) to deliver the keynote address. The meeting will also include three sessions totaling twelve speakers, and two 90-minute poster sessions, all of which will be selected from a wide range of fields. The overall objective of this meeting is to encourage the expanded understanding of the basic principles that drive the development and maintenance of the visual system with the anticipation that these findings lead to better treatments for ocular and other neurological diseases.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Visual System Development" 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: The Fly Eye as a Model System to Study Neurodegeneration
Discussion Leader: Mark Charlton-Perkins (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmHugo Bellen (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
"The Fly Eye as a Model System to Study Neurodegeneration"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmProgenitors, Signalling, and Cell Fate Determination
Discussion Leader: Cristina Zibetti (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmBrian Clark (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
"Identification and Characterization of lncRNAs that Regulate Retinal Progenitor Competence"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmNicelio Sanchez-Luege (University of Chicago, USA)
"Role of the Abelson Kinase in Stabilizing Photoreceptor Cell Fate During Terminal Differentiation"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmMarie-Claude Belanger (Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montreal, Canada)
"The Ciliary Margin Zone Contributes to Retinal Neurogenesis in Mammals"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmRevathi Balasubramanian (Columbia University, USA)
"WNT Signaling in Specification of the Ciliary Margin"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amColor Vision, Evolution and Physiology
Discussion Leader: Kimberly Wong (Upstate Medical University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAdele Tufford (Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montreal, Canada)
"Intrinsically-Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells Control Cone Photoreceptor Lamination During Retinal Development"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amSuying Lu (Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Canada)
"A Driver for Cone Circuitry Explains the Oncogenic Susceptibility of Human Cones and Murine Amacrine Cells to RB Loss"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amKyle McCulloch (University of California, Irvine, USA)
"Rapid Evolution, Sexual Dimorphism, and Physiology of Color Visual Systems in Heliconius Butterflies"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amRobert Hufnagel (National Institutes of Health, USA)
"Macular Foveation, an Evolutionary Freckle"
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 pmRetinal Differentiation, Maintenance and Disease
Discussion Leader: Philip Ruzycki (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmRebecca Chowdhury (Iowa State University, USA)
"Using CRISPRs to Examine Vertebrate Retina Development in a Zebrafish Model"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmSmriti Agrawal (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
"Identification of REEP6 Mutations in Retinitis Pigmentosa Patients and Elucidating Its Role in Photoreceptor Function"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 EY 026282 - 01 from the National Eye Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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