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Membrane Transport Proteins (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Membrane Transporters in Health and Disease


June 11-12, 2016


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy


Thomas Steinkellner & Hari Prasad

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Membrane Transport Proteins 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 on membrane transporters in health and disease covering structural, functional and physiological aspects of transport mechanisms. In addition to basic science sessions, this meeting will encompass a mentorship component ("Young Scientists Career Workshop"), where representatives from the Pharmaceutical Industry and Academia will give an overview of job opportunities for young scientists inside and outside the classical academic setting.

Related Meeting

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


Final Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: From GPCRs to Neurotransmitter Transporters: The Road to Perdition, or Why 7TMs Were Not Enough
Discussion Leader: Jonas Mortensen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
3:15 pm - 3:50 pmUlrik Gether (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
"From GPCRs to Neurotransmitter Transporters: The Road to Perdition, or Why 7TMs Were Not Enough"
3:50 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmTransporters - Structure and Function
Discussion Leader: Erica Cirri (Pasteur Institute, France)
5:30 pm - 5:45 pmAnne Nielsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
"Studying Conformational Dynamics of the Dopamine Transporter Using Hydrogen-Deuterium Exchange Mass Spectrometry"
5:45 pm - 5:50 pmDiscussion
5:50 pm - 6:05 pmFabian Garces (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Biochemical Analysis of Mutations in Transmembrane Domain One of hABCA4 Responsible for Stargardt Macular Degeneration"
6:05 pm - 6:10 pmDiscussion
6:10 pm - 6:25 pmBernice Wong (Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore)
"Mfsd2a and Lysolipid Transport Across Retina-Blood Barriers"
6:25 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:45 pmGergely Gyimesi (University of Bern, Switzerland)
"Transport Mechanism of Divalent Metal Ion Transporters (SLC11 Family)"
6:45 pm - 6:50 pmDiscussion
6:50 pm - 7:05 pmRichard Payne (John Innes Centre, United Kingdom)
"Discovery of Intracellular Transporters at the Interface of Alkaloid and Terpene Biosynthesis"
7:05 pm - 7:10 pmDiscussion
7:10 pm - 7:30 pmGeneral Discussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amTransporters - Physiology and Disease
Discussion Leader: Maria Cristina Plastina (York University, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:15 amSonchita Bagchi (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"New Approaches to Characterize Solute Carriers in Brain"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amRoger Chang (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Direct Recordings of a Synaptic Vesicle Protein Essential for Excitatory Neurotransmission"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amAparna Shekar (Vanderbilt University, USA)
"Dopamine Transporter Dysfunction in Neuropsychiatric Disorders"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amSijia Wu (University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA)
"A PRIME Labeling Approach for Investigating Dopamine Transporter Endocytic Trafficking in Dopaminergic Cell Lines and Neurons"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amDonna Dang (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA)
"SPCA2's Role as an Epithelial Marker in Tumor Formation and in Breast Cancer Oncogenesis"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amAlice Verchre (Weill Cornell Medicine, USA)
"Identifying a Glycolipid Flippase Necessary for Protein N-Glycosylation"
10:55 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: Young Scientists Career Workshop
Representatives from the Pharmaceutical Industry and Academia will give an overview of job opportunities for young scientists inside and outside the classical academic setting.
Discussion Leader: Shane Austin (Medical University of Vienna, Austria)
1:30 pm - 1:40 pmMaria Waldhoer (Novo Nordisk A/S, Denmark)
"Moving to the 'Dark Side' – An Austrian-Danish Transition"
1:40 pm - 1:45 pmDiscussion
1:45 pm - 1:55 pmAndrew Brown (GlaxoSmithKline R&D Ltd., United Kingdom)
"Falling Towards Industry"
1:55 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:10 pmMichael Freissmuth (Medical University of Vienna, Austria)
"Academia - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
2:10 pm - 2:15 pmDiscussion
2:15 pm - 2:25 pmBruno Castro (Nature Communications, United Kingdom)
"Moving Away from the Bench: Career Opportunities in Science Writing and Publishing"
2:25 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 1R13TR001690-01 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). 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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