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Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development and Disease
Gordon Research Conference

Cellular and Molecular Signaling of FGFs: From Bench to Bedside


March 25-30, 2018


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information


Marja Hurley & Pamela Pollock

Vice Chair:
Mohammad K. Hajihosseini

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 25, 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

This conference will cover the most recent and exciting research in all aspects of FGF biology, facilitating interdisciplinary interactions between academic scientists from a broad range of fields as well as clinicians and industry colleagues. The conference is organized into themes and each theme will involve presentations by invited speakers as well as shorter talks selected from abstracts. Themes will include the role of FGFs/FGFRs in early development, organogenesis, musculoskeletal biology, nervous system, endocrine FGFs in metabolism, tumorigenesis, intracellular signaling and emerging research areas. Applications will be accepted from established investigators, junior PIs, postdocs and graduate students. This meeting is preceded by a satellite GRS meeting (2 days) designed for postdocs and graduate students.

The FGFs are growth and differentiation factors that signal through a family of FGFRs to regulate a multitude of normal developmental process as well as tissue homeostasis and metabolism in adults. Deregulation of members of these pathways through a variety of different mechanisms can cause a wide range of diseases including developmental syndromes affecting children as well as multiple diseases affecting adults, encompassing musculoskeletal and metabolic disorders, degenerative conditions and cancer. Many groups are involved in translating basic research discoveries into novel treatments across a broad range of diseases.

The 2018 FGF GRC is a highly regarded intimate meeting with extensive opportunities for multidisciplinary networking between scientists, clinicians and industry representatives during shared meal times and poster sessions, allowing valuable cross-fertilization of ideas and methodologies. Interactions between PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, early and mid career scientists and well established senior scientists are a major strength of the Gordon Conferences, and many fruitful collaborations have been formed as a direct result of such interactions over recent years.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development and Disease" 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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University of Connecticut - School of Medicine
Trefoil Therapeutics
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

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 November 25, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Endocrine FGF Signaling, Intracrine FGFs and Insights in FGFR Biology Using Optogenetics
    (Marja Hurley, Pamela Pollock / Steve Kliewer / Fernanda Laezza / Harald Janovjak)
  • FGF Signaling in Early Development
    (Suzanne Mansour, Cho-Ming Chao / Philippe Soriano / Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis / Francesca Rochais)
  • FGF Signaling in Organogenesis
    (Saverio Bellusci, Kei Woo / Mina Mina / Suzanne Mansour / Ophir Klein / Sabine Werner / Abigail Tucker / Tatjana Piotrowski)
  • FGFs/FGFRs in Neural Development and Disease
    (Fernanda Laezza, Stuart Nayar / Kate Storey / Jean Hebert / Rashmi Bansal)
  • FGFs/FGFRs in Musculoskeletal Biology
    (Laurence Legeai-Mallet, Thomas Doetschman / Liping Xiao / Erwin Pauws / Lin Chen / Liisa Kuhn / David Ornitz / Bradley Olwin / Zipora Yablonka-Reuveni / Elissavet Kardami)
  • Function of Endocrine and Intracellular FGFs
    (David Ornitz, Chiara Francavilla / Kenneth White / Eleftheria Maratos-Flier / Geoffrey Pitt / Cristal Hill)
  • Role of FGFs/FGFRs in Tumorigenesis
    (Mohammad Hajihosseini, Stephanie Kainrath / Richard Grose / Dina Ron / Michael Ittmann / Kwok-Kin Wong / Michael Seckl / Victor Nurcombe)
  • Emerging Research Areas in FGF Biology
    (Moosa Mohammadi, Benediktas Kaminskas / Saverio Bellusci / Ellen Margrethe Haugsten / Jo El Schultz)
  • Dynamics of FGF Signaling
    (Philippe Soriano, Abbie Fearon / Moosa Mohammadi / Jeremy Turnbull / Debbie Cunningham / Dave Fernig / Tarja Kinnunen / Pavel Krejci)
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