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New Antibacterial Discovery and Development (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Multidisciplinary Approaches for Staying Ahead of Antibiotic Resistance


March 10-11, 2018


Ventura Beach Marriott
Ventura, CA Site Information


Samantha Wellington & Andrew C. Pawlowski

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 10, 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.

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 December 10, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on New Antibacterial Discovery and Development is a 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.

Antibacterial drug discovery is unique in that it requires strong collaboration between researchers in diverse fields. While trainees work towards becoming an expert in their particular research projects, an awareness of other aspects in antibiotic research will guide them towards making a stronger impact in the field. This meeting aims to integrate each trainee's knowledge in order to develop a cohesive understanding of challenges that limit success in the field, such as resistance, persistence, and tolerance, as well as novel biological, chemical, and computational approaches for overcoming these challenges.

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 December 10, 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: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 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 "New Antibacterial Discovery and Development" 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.


X-Chem Pharmaceuticals
Collaborative Drug Discovery
Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Lynn L. Silver

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 January 10, 2018. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Jennifer Leeds (Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, USA)


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Finding Your Career Path and Defining Your Niche"

  • Jennifer Leeds (Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, USA)
  • Peter Tonge (Stony Brook University, USA)
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