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2010 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Gordon Research Conference  

This grant provided partial support for an international meeting on Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology as part of a Gordon Research Conference series held at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on June 6 to 11, 2010. First organized in 1998, this conference has provided a unique bridge between American and Asian neuroscientists. Research into mechanisms of brain function is essential to conquer neurological diseases that afflict a large portion of society, including autism and mental retardation in children, addiction and mental illness in children and adults, and neurodegenerative diseases that are most prevalent in senior citizens. The overall goal of this conference was to increase our understanding of fundamental mechanisms that control development and function of the nervous system in health and disease. In particular, conference organizers sought to promote scientific interactions between American and Asian scientists to advance this objective. For this purpose, 30 speakers, including one Nobel Laureate, delivered presentations on recent developments in their laboratories to approximately 180 attendees. Several presentations were also given by less established scientists with speaker choice based upon submitted abstracts. Poster sessions provided an opportunity for every attendee to present his/her work. Speakers at the conference described recent progress in studies important for understanding afflictions that include autism, mental retardation, addiction, mental illness, neurodegenerative diseases and postinjury regeneration. The conference was directed at communicating exciting new developments in these areas and stimulating discussion among participants from different disciplines and nationalities that will accelerate efforts to understand mechanisms that control human brain development and function. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $30,000.00
Current Award Period 2010-2011
Project Number 1R13NS070348-01
Principal Investigator Shen, Kang
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 7: What Other Infrastructure and Surveillance Needs Must Be Met? (Infrastructure)
Subcategory Research Workforce Development
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 7K. Encourage programs and funding mechanisms that expand the research workforce, enhance interdisciplinary research training, and recruit early career scientists into the ASD field by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,000,000 over 3 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Gordon Research Conferences
State/Country Rhode Island
Web Link 1 2010 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Gordon Research Conference (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects N/A