Gordon Research Conference on Intermediate Filaments

Roles in signal integration, transcriptional control, and maintenance of tissue integrity

The remarkable discoveries of hundreds of mutations in IF genes that give rise to a plethora of human diseases have attracted the attention of basic scientists and physicians.

Intermediate filaments are traditionally regarded as structural proteins. Recently, intermediate filaments have been linked to the integration of cytoskeletal, signaling, and transcriptional processes and to the regulation of metabolism, survival, differentiation, development, and immunity. These recently established interactions provide a likely explanation for the broad range of diseases and phenotypes that stem from intermediate filament mutations. The obtained knowledge is consequential for the basic understanding of signal integration in cells and tissues and for the numerous pathological conditions that intermediate filaments are involved in. The goal of this conference will be to focus on the dramatic paradigm shift occurring in our field and to discuss the broad ramifications of this paradigm shift as it relates to human health.

This web page provides links to discussion forums on various issues and subjects related to topical areas of intermediate filament research.

Gordon Research Conference 2014 Intermediate Filaments Homepage

LinkedIn Discussion Group

Join the LinkedIn Group for the GRC Intermediate Filaments

Pre-conference reading

Here the individual speakers have assembled relevant pre-conference reading, formed by a selection of historical, overview, and timely research articles, giving relevant background information when listening to the actual talks. The selected articles are enjoyable and interesting material for journal clubs during the forthcoming weeks before the meeting. The page is still under construction and will be updated on a daily basis.

Suggestions box

Here you may anonymously or with your name submit wishes for the forthcoming days of the meeting, or submit a suggestion, comment, or complain about something:


GRC JUKEBOX: Wish for your favorite music for the last night

Here you can wish for your favorite music to be played during the last night. Choose nice dance-friendly pieces that will get the feet moving and all researcher generations out on the dance floor:


Best speaker

As mentioned, we will have some speaker prizes at the end of the conference. Here you can nominate the best speaker of the conference. You may also suggest speakers in the traditional funny categories (the speaker with the longest talk, the maximum number of slides/ time unit, the fastest speaker etc:; you can also come up with a new category). The suggestions can also be partly funny, partly serious (“Best movies”, “Nicest pictures” etc.):