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Craniofacial Morphogenesis and Tissue Regeneration
Gordon Research Conference

Craniofacial Development and Disease: From Molecules to Patients


February 11-16, 2018


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Ophir D. Klein

Vice Chair:
Abigail S. Tucker

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by January 14, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

An important goal of craniofacial research is to understand the causes underlying craniofacial malformations and to develop diagnostics and therapies for these disorders. In-depth, interdisciplinary understanding of developmental and disease processes is an essential foundation for the field. Basic science insights will improve knowledge about the mechanisms underlying craniofacial morphogenesis, and translation of these findings will improve the clinical management of developmental disorders of the head and face.

The scientific program for this Conference will highlight recent advances in our knowledge of the cellular events and molecular switches that control tissue patterning as well as the morphogenetic processes that shape craniofacial tissues and organs. The Conference will delve into the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that control the specification of craniofacial cell populations and tissue architecture and the functional output and the evolutionary changes in gene networks. This will be accompanied by discussions about how these processes drive tissue diversity, and how distinctive features of the vertebrate head evolved. There will be invited presentations by leading researchers in craniofacial morphogenesis, and the meeting will also feature sessions on the functional genomics of craniofacial syndromes, development of animal models and the application of tissue engineering in regeneration and repair.

To foster stimulating discussions and productive collaborations across different fields, the Conference will be attended by researchers who have diverse expertise. The Conference will also provide unique opportunities for junior investigators and graduate students to present their work, either in poster format or as a short talk selected from submitted abstracts. The collegial atmosphere of the main Conference and the Research Seminar, and the informal setting of poster sessions and platform presentation, will facilitate personal interactions and sharing of knowledge, and will help to identify future directions in basic and clinical research to push forward our understanding of craniofacial morphogenesis and regeneration.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Craniofacial Morphogenesis and Tissue Regeneration" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by October 11, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: From Fossils to Patients
    (Abigail Tucker / Jukka Jernvall / Mary Marazita)
  • Development of Orofacial Structures
    (Paul Sharpe / Igor Adameyko / Rulang Jiang / Joy Richman / Michael Dixon)
  • Sensory Organs and Craniofacial Neural Crest
    (Andrea Streit / Linda Barlow / Tanya Whitfield)
  • Gene Networks and Epigenetics in Craniofacial Development
    (Irma Thesleff / Filippo Rijli / Kristin Artinger / Trevor Williams)
  • Modeling of Craniofacial Disorders
    (Yang Chai / Jason Pomerantz / Erica Davis / Lukas Sommer)
  • Evolution of the Craniofacial Complex
    (Richard Schneider / Robert Cerny / Per Ahlberg / Marcelo Sanchez)
  • Skull and Cranial Morphogenesis
    (Paul Trainor / Radhika Atit / Shannon Fisher / Ethylin Wang Jabs)
  • Clinical Genetics of Craniofacial Disorders
    (Maximilian Muenke / Valerie Cormier-Daire / Jan Hu / Louise Bicknell)
  • Tissue Regeneration and Craniofacial Stem Cells
    (Pamela Yelick / Takashi Tsuji / Eileen Gentleman / Michael Longaker)
  • Power Hour
    (Abigail Tucker)
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