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Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

Scope of the Meeting

Researchers in the FGF field publish in more than 100 of the subject categories identified in ISI-Thompson’s Web Of Science, which range from basic molecular life sciences and developmental biology to the physical sciences, bioengineering and translational research. A major goal for the FGFs in Development and Disease GRC is to bring together this diverse group of researchers and provide a single forum to discuss new results, cross-fertilise the many areas of interdisciplinary research and target future research areas, develop new collaborations among the participants and promote new avenues of research.

History of the Meeting

The FGF community had held sporadic meetings since the late 1980s, organised on an ad hoc basis. Since the late 1990s these meetings included a workshop "The alternative biology of fibroblast growth factors", held at Dalhousie Castle Hotel, Edinburgh in March 1998, an EMBO-sponsored workshop “FGF and their receptors: structure to function”, Ein Gedi, Israel, December 1999. Ein Gedi, Israel (December 1999) and the Kyoto University 4th Oxford-Kobe Biomedical Joint International Symposium “FGFs and their receptors on Health and Disease”, Kobe, Japan (October 2003).

In Kobe, the conferees held an open discussion on the subject of holding a regular FGF meeting under the auspices of GRC. It was agreed unanimously that David Ornitz and Brad Olwin would put forward, on behalf of the FGF community, a proposal to GRC for a FGF meeting, with David Fernig acting as Vice-Chair. David Ornitz and Brad Olwin’s proposal was successful and they were the Chairs of the first GRC on Fibroblast Growth Factors in Health and Disease, held in March 2006 in Ventura, California. At that meeting the conferees agreed to hold the FGF GRC biennially and to move the site to Europe for 2008, because of the global spread of FGF research. Thanks to the efforts of our inaugural Chairs, we now have a vibrant GRC serving our multidisciplinary community.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease
Cellular and Molecular Signaling of FGFs: From Bench to Bedside
Mar 25-30 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Marja Hurley
Pamela Pollock
2016 Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease
FGF Signalling: From Molecular Understanding to Therapeutic Targeting
Jun 5-10 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Richard Grose
Anne-Karina Perl
2014 Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease
Emphasis on the Role of FGFs in Metabolism Regulation and Tissue Regeneration
Mar 2-7 Ventura Beach Marriott Saverio Bellusci
Fen Wang
2012 Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease May 13-18 Les Diablerets Conference Center Jeremy E. Turnbull
Suzanne L. Mansour
2010 Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease Mar 14-19 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Sabine Werner
Moosa Mohammadi
2008 Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease Mar 2-7 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Dave Fernig
Gail Martin
2006 Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease Mar 12-17 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express David M. Ornitz
Bradley B. Olwin
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