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Photosensory Receptors & Signal Transduction

Gordon Research Conference
Natural and Synthetic Photoreceptor Systems: From Microbes to Man
When: January 24-29, 2016.
Where: Hotel Galvez, Galveston, TX, USA.
Link: http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=12954.
Scope of the meeting: Light-sensing mechanisms are widespread throughout nature, impacting lifecycles in all kingdoms of life. Understanding how different photoreceptor systems function to orchestrate numerous biological processes ranging from mammalian vision to plant growth to bacterial pathogenicity requires the integration of a diverse range of methodologies, masteries and disciplines. Uniting these approaches has been instrumental in developing new optically based technologies for dissecting neural networks and behavioral disorders, restoring vision, controlling cellular pathways at unprecedented spatial-temporal resolution, and engineering gene circuits for biotechnology applications. We anticipate that the scientific discussions, research presentations and informal interactions among the diverse audiences of this GRC and associated GRS will advance our understanding of the mechanisms and biological functions of naturally occurring photoreceptor systems from microbes to man. The scientific exchange between basic and applied research will also lead to further development of engineered photosystems for clinical and biotechnological applications. Combined with the GRS, this integrative format will ensure networking and mentoring of junior researchers and foster their involvement in carrying the field into the future. Space is reserved within the GRC program for talks from junior researchers, selected from submitted abstracts, to present breakthrough findings.

Neuronal Function to Mapping & Disease Therapeutics

When: May 1- 2, 2013.
Where Hilton Garden Inn, 420 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02451, USA.
Link: http://www.expressgenes.com/May2013/main.html.
Scope of the meeting: Optogenetics symposium is one of the four 'Therapeutics Discovery Symposia' to be held for the discussion of current state of the art in emerging branches of modern biology & Neuroscience to develop appropriate therapeutics for various diseases. This is the first 'Optogenetics' theme meeting, and third in the ‘Neuron to Synapse’ series in USA to be held in Greater Boston area at Hilton Garden Inn, Waltham, Massachusetts. This international meeting will bring together experts and young researchers from both academia and industry (with diverse backgrounds in optics, bioengineering, molecular and cellular neurobiology, electrophysiology, behavior, cognition, perception, and disease biology) and discuss the optogenetic applications in form of keynote lectures, invited talks, short oral, and poster presentations. Optogenetics applications beyond neuroscience will be also discussed. Dedicated time allowed for presentations of posters, viewing exhibits, and to know the available cutting-edge reagents and services in the field. The conference should be interesting for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, professors from academia and scientists, directors and executives from industry, as well as for anyone interested in brain functions and their associated diseases