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HPS Network a proud sponsor of the Gordon Research Seminar on Lysosomes and Endocytosis

The HPS Network is a proud sponsor of The Gordon Research Conference Seminar on Lysosomes and Endocytosis, to be held June 17-22 at the Proctor Academy in Andover, NH.
The conference is by invitation and brings together scientists, students, industry and government. This year’s overall conference is being organized by Nobel Prize winner Christian de Duve.

The seminar on lysosomes and endocytosis will be held a day before the greater conference. It will give researchers interested in this field a chance to discuss and exchange ideas about the latest findings in the field.

Among the invited speakers, Graca Raposo, Victor Faundez and Judith Klumperman will be speaking about protein complexes, some of which do not function correctly in various forms of HPS.
In addition to the speakers, attendees are encouraged to present posters on their work.

Lysosomes are compartments within a cell that process waste. Problems with the functioning of these cellular compartments are believed to cause some of the problems related to HPS.

Endocytosis is the process by which materials are taken into a cell.


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