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current, unpublished research amongst their peers, in the absence of the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.
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.
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 pm||Arrival and Check-in|
|3:30 pm - 3:45 pm||Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair|
|3:45 pm - 4:30 pm||Keynote 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 pm||Hugo Bellen (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)|
"The Fly Eye as a Model System to Study Neurodegeneration"
|4:15 pm - 4:30 pm||Discussion|
|4:30 pm - 6:00 pm||Poster Session|
|7:30 pm - 9:30 pm||Progenitors, Signalling, and Cell Fate Determination|
|Discussion Leader: Cristina Zibetti (Johns Hopkins University, USA)|
|7:30 pm - 7:50 pm||Brian Clark (Johns Hopkins University, USA)|
"Identification and Characterization of lncRNAs that Regulate Retinal Progenitor Competence"
|7:50 pm - 8:00 pm||Discussion|
|8:00 pm - 8:20 pm||Nicelio Sanchez-Luege (University of Chicago, USA)|
"Role of the Abelson Kinase in Stabilizing Photoreceptor Cell Fate During Terminal Differentiation"
|8:20 pm - 8:30 pm||Discussion|
|8:30 pm - 8:50 pm||Marie-Claude Belanger (Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montreal, Canada)|
"The Ciliary Margin Zone Contributes to Retinal Neurogenesis in Mammals"
|8:50 pm - 9:00 pm||Discussion|
|9:00 pm - 9:20 pm||Revathi Balasubramanian (Columbia University, USA)|
"WNT Signaling in Specification of the Ciliary Margin"
|9:20 pm - 9:30 pm||Discussion|
|7:30 am - 8:30 am||Breakfast|
|9:00 am - 11:00 am||Color Vision, Evolution and Physiology|
|Discussion Leader: Kimberly Wong (Upstate Medical University, USA)|
|9:00 am - 9:20 am||Adele 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 am||Discussion|
|9:30 am - 9:50 am||Suying 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 am||Discussion|
|10:00 am - 10:20 am||Kyle McCulloch (University of California, Irvine, USA)|
"Rapid Evolution, Sexual Dimorphism, and Physiology of Color Visual Systems in Heliconius Butterflies"
|10:20 am - 10:30 am||Discussion|
|10:30 am - 10:50 am||Robert Hufnagel (National Institutes of Health, USA)|
"Macular Foveation, an Evolutionary Freckle"
|10:50 am - 11:00 am||Discussion|
|11:00 am - 12:30 pm||Poster Session|
|Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am|
|1:30 pm - 2:30 pm||Retinal Differentiation, Maintenance and Disease|
|Discussion Leader: Philip Ruzycki (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)|
|1:30 pm - 1:50 pm||Rebecca Chowdhury (Iowa State University, USA)|
"Using CRISPRs to Examine Vertebrate Retina Development in a Zebrafish Model"
|1:50 pm - 2:00 pm||Discussion|
|2:00 pm - 2:20 pm||Smriti 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 pm||Discussion|
|2:30 pm - 3:00 pm||Evaluation Period|
|Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms|
|3:00 pm||Seminar 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.