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Neural Crest & Cranial Placodes
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

This conference will facilitate shared insights and fuel advances in our understanding of two developmentally, evolutionarily, and clinically important populations of cells. The ultimate goal of the conference will be to accelerate the exchange of information across different model systems, and to promote technological innovations and a genome and proteome scale understanding of the mechanisms that govern the formation, and subsequent differentiation, of the neural crest and cranial placodes.

Neural crest (NC) and cranial placodal cells make extensive contributions to embryonic structures, and are of central importance to understanding many congenital disorders. Neural crest-derived cells persist as stem cells into adulthood, and their study has provided broad insights into stem cell biology. Neural crest cells are a highly migratory population of cells during embryogenesis, understanding the regulation of their motility may also shed light on the misregulated invasiveness of metastatic tumor cells. The study of the neural crest and placodes has a rich history, and has been constantly growing, so it is somewhat surprising that to date there has not been a standing meeting dedicated to this topic.

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Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.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 "Neural Crest & Cranial Placodes" 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)
2017 Neural Crest & Cranial Placodes
Insights into Gene Networks, Disease Models and Evolutionary Mechanisms of Neural Crest and Cranial Placode Development
Feb 5-10 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Sally A. Moody
2015 Neural Crest & Cranial Placodes
Development, Malformations and Cancers
Jul 19-24 Bentley University Carole LaBonne
2013 Neural Crest & Cranial Placodes
Concepts, Mechanisms and Models
Jul 21-26 Stonehill College David W. Raible
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