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Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Amygdala in Health & Disease

The Amygdaloids  (hope this term is not copyrighted!)

The Amygdaloids
(hope this term is not copyrighted!)

We are just back from an exciting GRC on the Amygdala (the most important brain region!). This was the 4th GRC on the Amygdala and, for the first time, this meeting was preceded by a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS).  The GRS was entirely run by two talented post-docs (Chair: Susana Correia from MIT and Associate Chair:  Caitlin Orsini from University of Florida).  The goal of the GRS is to provide trainees (post-docs/grad students) an informal time to interact and discuss cutting-edge science as well as develop connections and friendships that could last an entire career (or even longer :-)).

Adelaide during her talk.....she was great, but I was a nervous wreck!

Adelaide during her talk…..she was great, but I was a nervous wreck!

Adelaide and Peter Rudebeck waiting for their session to begin

Adelaide and Peter Rudebeck waiting for their session to begin

The GRS featured a fantastic talk by Andreas Lüthi (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland) as well as excellent presentations from many trainees (including Adelaide Yiu from the lab—see photos).

Greg Quirk (University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico), Natalie Tronson (University of Michigan, USA) and I took part in a short mentor session where we shared our unique career paths, stories and some interesting (!) photos.

 

The GRC conference itself was superb.  Great science, great people and sometimes free drinks (which is also great).  For what more could a scientist ask?

I was co-Chair of the GRC and I just want to give a shout out to the Chair, Shona Chattarji.  Shona, it was an honour and a privilege to work with you on this exciting conference.  I think we put together a great meeting and I look forward to 2015!

Check out the photos below….

 

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Lobster fest!

Lobster fest!

 

Adelaide's title slide!!!

Adelaide’s title slide!!!

 

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