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Basal Ganglia
Gordon Research Conference

Mechanisms Underlying Basal Ganglia Function and Dysfunction


March 11-16, 2018


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information


Mark Bevan

Vice Chairs:
Rui Costa & Margaret E. Rice

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 11, 2018. 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.

Meeting Description

The basal ganglia are a richly interconnected group of subcortical brain nuclei that are critical for the motivation, selection, initiation and execution of actions. Consistent with these roles, dysfunction of the basal ganglia is linked to a range of debilitating disorders including Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, dystonia, addiction, obsessive compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome. With recent technical advances in our ability to observe and perturb molecules, neurons, and astrocytes, together with increasingly powerful molecular and genetic interrogation approaches, our views of basal ganglia circuits and their contribution to brain function and dysfunction are evolving rapidly. Furthermore, the unprecedented streams of data arising from these approaches are revealing properties and mechanisms that could be targeted for therapeutic benefit. This conference will bring together basic, clinical and translational scientists with diverse perspectives and technical expertise from across the world to discuss their latest discoveries and to promote community interaction and collaboration. Besides addressing long-standing basal ganglia research questions, the 2018 meeting will incorporate subjects that have previously received little attention including basal ganglia development, interactions of the basal ganglia with the wider motor system, the striosome/patch compartment, involvement of the basal ganglia in neuropsychiatric disorders, and basal ganglia connectomics.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Basal Ganglia" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by November 11, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Action Selection and Suppression by the Basal Ganglia
    (Ann Graybiel / Joshua Dudman / Robert Turner / Ilana Witten / Bernard Balleine)
  • Intrinsic Properties and Synaptic Patterning of Midbrain Dopamine Neurons
    (Birgit Liss, Charles Gerfen / Zayd Khaliq / Marisela Morales / Jochen Roeper / Ann Graybiel / Xin Jin / Bernardo Sabatini)
  • Dopaminergic and Cholinergic Modulation of the Basal Ganglia
    (Margaret Rice / Yevgenia Kozorovitskiy / Jun Ding / Stephanie Cragg / Jesse Goldberg)
  • Processing of Cortical Information by the Basal Ganglia / Selected Poster Presentations
    (Charles Wilson, Veronica Alvarez / Charles Gerfen / Carl C.H. Petersen / Christina Gremel)
  • Who's Driving? The Thalamus and Basal Ganglia
    (D. James Surmeier / Tianyi Mao / Louise Parr-Brownlie / Yoland Smith / Mario Penzo)
  • Basal Ganglia Development and the STN-GPe Network
    (Miriam Heiman, Peter Magill / John Rubenstein / Sonia Garel / Genevieve Konopka / Nicolas Mallet / Judith Walters / Christelle Baunez)
  • Interactions of the Basal Ganglia with the Wider Motor System
    (Anatol Kreitzer / Viviana Gradinaru / Silvia Arber / Richard Helmich / Roy Sillitoe)
  • Mechanisms Underlying Basal Ganglia – Associated Disease
    (Angela Cenci Nilsson / Ted Dawson / Nicole Calakos / Rosemarie Grantyn / Bita Moghaddam / Susanne Ahmari / Guoping Feng)
  • Therapeutic Opportunities from Manipulation of Basal Ganglia Circuitry
    (Helen Bronte-Stewart / Warren Grill / Coralie de Hemptinne / Volker Coenen / Andres Lozano)
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