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Parkinson's Disease (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Parkinson's Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutic Interventions


June 24-25, 2017


Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME


Briana De Miranda & Meghan L. Bucher

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Parkinson's Disease 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 2017 Parkinson's Disease Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will be the first Gordon meeting designed specifically for trainees studying Parkinson's disease, composed of a two-day meeting incorporating Graduate Student and Postdoc presentations with experts in the field. In addition to trainee platform and poster presentations, the 2017 GRS will include a special presentation from an individual living with Parkinson's disease, and a career panel encompassing multiple sectors of the PD field (academia, industry, granting agencies, scientific journals, foundations). The scientific focus of this meeting will encompass pathological mechanisms of PD, therapeutic interventions, and novel methods in disease detection and remediation.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Parkinson's Disease" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Modeling and Treating Parkinson's Disease Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells
Discussion Leader: Andrew Singleton (National Institutes of Health, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:20 pmLorenz Studer (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, USA)
"Modeling and Treating Parkinson's Disease Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmMolecular Mechanisms in Parkinson's Disease
Discussion Leader: Briana De Miranda (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:55 pmValerie Joers (Emory University, USA)
"Modulation of Inflammation via Cannabinoid Type 2 Receptors to Protect Against Alpha-Synuclein-Induced Neuroinflammation"
7:55 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:25 pmStefano Cataldi (Centre for Applied Neurogenetics, Canada)
"Characterization of the VPS35 p.D620N Knock-In Mouse Model of Parkinson's Disease"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:55 pmNora Bengoa-Vergniory (Oxford Parkinson's Disease Center, United Kingdom)
"Mass-Spectrometry Approach Highlights REST as a Potential Neuroprotective Target for Parkinson's disease in an Alpha Synuclein Overexpressing BAC-Transgenic Mouse Model"
8:55 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:25 pmGelareh Alam (Northeast Ohio Medical University, USA)
"Tyrosine Hydroxylase Decrease Independent of Neuronal Loss Following Toxin-Induced Animal Models of Parkinson's Disease"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amParkinson's Disease in the Clinic
Discussion Leader: J. Timothy Greenamyre (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader: Clinical Diagnosis and Presentation of Parkinson's Disease
9:20 am - 9:45 amNicole LaBolle (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Living with Parkinson's Disease"
9:45 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:25 amKarl Heilbron (23andMe, USA)
"Traits Associated with Parkinson's Disease in a Large and Deeply Phenotyped Cohort"
10:25 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:55 amKatherine Strynatka (Dalhousie University, Canada)
"Identifying Small Molecule Inhibitors of ArfGAP1 Toward a Potential Treatment for LRRK2 Mediated Parkinson's Disease"
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: Catalyzing a New Career
Crafting high impact manuscripts to propel your career trajectory; inside and outside of academia.
Discussion Leader: Meghan Bucher (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmOrla Smith (Science Translational Medicine, AAAS, USA)
"Breaching Barriers in Scientific Publishing"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Expanding the Approach of Career Development"
  • Brian Fiske (The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, USA)
  • Ian Reynolds (Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, USA)
  • Beth-Anne Sieber (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, USA)
  • Malu Tansey (Emory University, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders And Stroke of National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13NS100272. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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