COE Study Abroad Project Report


Report on the Poster Presentation at Gordon Research Conference (Ventura CA, USA)@gFibronectin, Integrins & Related moleculesh

Masataka Umitsu, Master's course student

Report on the presentation at Gordon research conference gFibronectin, Integrins and Related Moleculesh

Puropose : Participation in the Gordon research conference gFibronectin, Integrins and Related Moleculesh and a poster presentation.

Schedule : 1/30 Osaka (JAPAN) ¨ LA (USA) ¨ Ventura (USA)
1/30-2/4 Gordon research conference gFibronectin, Integrins and Related Moleculesh
(Ventura Beact Mariotte)
2/4 Ventura (USA) ¨ LA (USA) ¨ 2/5 Osaka (JAPAN)

Details and future prospects:
The Gordon research conference is the international conference for the discussions and presentations of frontier science and consists of several sessions each year. My participated session, gFibronectin, Integrins and Related moleculesh, was held in Ventura, CA, from 1/30 to 2/4. Almost 150 researchers attended to this meeting from all over the world, and had several presentations and discussions, related to above molecules, such as Integrin structure, signaling, cell migrations and so on. My current research topic is the diverse set of synaptic cadherins, CNR/Pcdh family, which is an attractive candidate for neural network organization. Our recently determined structure of this protein suggested the possibility of newly observed integrin-association through its EC1 RGD motif. Revealing unknown function of CNR/Pcdh should be an acute task to understand complexity of neural networks, and structural analysis of CNR/Pcdh will provide important insights into its adhesive property. In this conference, I could discuss our research with various researchers, not only neuroscientists, and have lots of useful suggestions. Besides, I could broaden my current knowledge of integrins and related molecules through various presentations. Actually, this was the first time for me to attend such an international conference. Though my English was so poor, everyone kindly discussed with me in a relaxed atmosphere during every lunch, dinner and poster presentation time. This experience encouraged me to acquire more accuracy and fluency in English speaking. Also, several useful advice and discussion will help my future research to understand how these molecules: Integrins, CNR/Pcdh and related molecules, contribute to organize complexity of the brain. I am so glad to join the meeting and appreciate the COE financial support for my participation to this meeting.