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Gordon Conference on Quantitative Genetics and Genomics, February 9 - 14, 2003. Ventura, California.

The 2001 Gordon Conference was a great success, with close to 150 attendees (the Gordon limit). We look forward to seeing all again in the 2003 meeting. Given the large turnout, we suggest early registration will be in order to avoid being shut-out.

Bruce Walsh (University of Arizona) Chair, 2003 , Rebecca Doerge (Purdue University) Vice-Chair 2003 (Chair 2005)


Registration and Fees

ON-LINE REGISTRATION --- select Quantitative Genetics and Genomics from the 2003 menu

For general information on attending Gordon Conferences:

FEES (Note your registration fee included room and three meals/day!)


Local Details

The conference site is the Holiday Inn

General information about Ventura -- Local weather --- Surf forecast (for those wanting to ride the big waves)

Travel to Ventura ---- Most people fly into LAX (Los Angles International) and either rent a car or take a shuttle bus north. GRC, through the Ventura County Airporter, provides a Charter bus service from Los Angeles International Airport to the California conference sites. In order to make use of this service, you must reserve a seat on the bus ahead of time. Shuttle reservations and details

Map of Ventura

General Gordon Travel information


This is a working list for the 2003 Program, and changes may develop as we finalize details.

The 2003 Program

Sunday, 9 February 2003

Time Speaker Title
2:00-9:00 PM Registration
6:00 PM Dinner
Evening Session Discussion Leader: Bruce Walsh (University of Arizona) Interfacing Complexity Theory and Quantitative Genetics
7:30-7:45 PM Bruce Walsh (University of Arizona) Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Announcements
7:45-8:30 PM Walter Fontana (Santa Fe Institute) RNA folding as a statistical toy-model of a genotype-phenotype relation
8:30-8:45 PM Discussion
8:45-9:30 PM Mark Cooper (Pioneer Hi-Bred) Virtual Plant Breeding: Using the E(NK) model to ask questions
9:30-9:45 PM Discussion

Monday, 10 February 2003

Time Speaker Title
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast
Morning Session Discussion Leader: Fred Hospital (INRA, France) Complex Traits in Plants
9:00-9:45 AM Claire Williams (Texas A & M University) Lessons for Higher Plants: Genetics and Genomic Architecture of Conifers
9:45-10:00 AM Discussion
10:00-10:30 AM Conference Group Photograph
10:30-11:15 AM Detlef Weigel (Max Planck Institute and Salk Institute) Quantitative variation in light signaling and flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana
11:15-11:30 AM Discussion
11:30-12:15 PM Doug Schemske (Michigan State University) Ecological Genetics of Adaptation and Speciation in Plants
12:15-12:30 PM Discussion
12:30 PM Lunch
4:00-6:00 PM Poster Session
6:00 PM Dinner
Evening Session Discussion Leader: Shizhong Xu (UC Riverside) Analysis of Human Populations
7:30-8:15 PM Jaya Satagopa (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) Two-stage designs for genome scanning
8:15-8:30 PM Discussion
8:30-9:15 PM Laura Almasy (Southwest Foundation) Quantitative traits as risk factors for complex disease
9:15-9:30 PM Discussion

Tuesday, 11 February 2003

Time Speaker Title
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast
Morning Session Discussion Leader: Rebecca Doerge (Purdue) Statistical Genetics
9:00-9:45 AM Dan Gianola (University of Wisconsin) Canons and Fugues in Bayesian Quantitative Genetics
9:45-10:00 AM Discussion
10:00-10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30-11:15 AM Sally Otto (University of British Columbia) The distribution of QTL effects: Theory and inference
11:15-11:30 Discussion
11:30-12:15 PM Sara Knott (University of Edinburgh) Potential and pitfalls of multitrait QTL analyses
12:15-12:30 PM Discussion
12:30 PM Lunch
4:00-6:00 PM Poster Session
6:00 PM Dinner
Evening Session Discussion Leader: Patrick Phillips (University of Oregon) Evolutionary Genetics
7:30-8:15 PM Mark Blows (University of Queensland) The quantitative genetic basis of the response to sexual and natural selection on mate recognition
8:15-8:30 PM Discussion
8:30-9:15 PM Trevor Price ( University of California at San Diego) Phenotypic plasticity, genetic assimilation and peak shifts
9:15-9:30 PM Discussion

Wednesday, 12 February 2002

Time Speaker Title
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast
Morning Session Discussion Leader: Michael Newton (University of Wisconsin) Analysis of Microarray data
9:00-9:45 AM Christina Kendzorski (University of Wisconsin) Statistical Considerations for Experimental Design and the Assessment of Differential Expression in Microarray Studies
9:45-10:00 AM Discussion
10:00-10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30-11:15 AM Kathleen Kerr (University of Washington) Statistical Design and Analysis of Spotted Microarrays
11:15-11:30 Discussion
11:30-12:15 PM Doug Crawford (University of Miami) Evolutionary Analysis of the Natural Variation in Gene Expression
12:15-12:30 PM Discussion
12:30 PM Lunch
4:00-6:00 PM Poster Session
6:00 PM Dinner
Evening Session Discussion Leader: Bill Hill (University of Edinburgh) Student Presentations:
7:30-8:00 PM Patricia Beldade (UC Irvine) The genetic basis of quantitative variation in butterfly wing patterns
8:00-8:10 PM Discussion
8:10-8:40 PM Colin Meiklejohn (Harvard) Transcription Profiles and the Genetic Basis for Haldane's Rule
8:40-8:50 PM Discussion
8:50-9:30 PM Bruce Walsh Business Meeting

Thursday, 13 February 2003

Time Speaker Title
7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast
Morning Session Discussion Leader: Margaret Dentine (University of Wisconsin) Complex Traits in Animals
9:00-9:45 AM Bill Muir (Purdue University) Generalized Methods of Environmental Risk Assessment For Transgenic Organisms
9:45-10:00 AM Discussion
10:00-10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30-11:15 AM Sue Denise (MMI Genomics) Dense maps, genome-wide associations and millions of genotypes - lessons learned from building diagnostic tools with SNPs
11:15-11:30 Discussion
11:30-12:15 PM John Quackenbush, King of the Mole People (The Institute for Genomic Research) Integrating Genes, Genomes, Metabolism, and Expression
12:15-12:30 PM Discussion
12:30 PM Lunch
6:00 PM Dinner
Evening Session Discussion Leader: Stig Omholt (Agricultural University of Norway) Molecular and Metabolic Mechanisms Underlying Phenotypic variation
7:30-8:15 PM Dominique de Vienne (University Paris XI) Evolutionary optimization of constrained metabolic systems
8:15-8:30 PM Discussion
8:30-9:15 PM Suzanne Rutherford (Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center) Regulation of canalization and evolvability by Hsp90
9:15-9:30 PM Discussion