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Cartilage Biology & Pathology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Comprehending Cartilage Formation, Function and Failure for Improving Joint Health


April 1-2, 2017


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Matthew R. McCann & Blandine Poulet

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by March 4, 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 January 1, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The 2017 Gordon Research Seminar on Cartilage Biology and Pathology is a trainee organized and run conference for early investigators (graduate students, post-docs) to have the opportunity to present and discuss their research in an open and unintimidating style of meeting. The collegial atmosphere and opportunities for informal gatherings in the afternoons and evenings will promote brainstorming around fundamental cartilage knowledge as well as new and exciting avenues for future high impact research. This two-day seminar will highlight new and groundbreaking work done from young investigators around the world including Germany, England, France, Israel, China, Japan, Australia, Canada, United States and many others.

This meeting will focus on not only the understanding of cartilage formation and function that are critical for the development, mobility, and overall human health, but will also discuss potential therapeutic advances for cartilage maintenance and repair. Substantial advancements have been made in understanding human diseases that affect cartilage function such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and a growing number of genetic diseases of joints and cartilage. This meeting will help address these important morbidities, discuss the future of cartilage research and help establish long-term international collaborations to help cure joint disease.

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 January 1, 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.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Dinner: 8:00 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Cartilage Biology & Pathology" 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.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by February 1, 2017. Please check back for updates.


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Funding for this conference was made possible by 1 R13 AR071265-01 from the National Institute Of Arthritis And Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases (NIAMS). 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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