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Elastin, Elastic Fibers & Microfibrils (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Elastic Tissues and Extracellular Regulation of Growth Factor Signaling


July 29-30, 2017


University of New England
Biddeford, ME Site Information


Giselle C. Yeo & Marie Billaud

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 1, 2017. 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.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by April 29, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Elastin, Elastic Fibers and Microfibrils is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

This meeting brings together young scientists at the forefront of elastic fiber-related research to exchange ideas with peers and established scientific leaders. Topics to be covered encompass the latest advances in elastic fiber and microfibril-related research, including the biology of elastic tissues, molecular characterization of elastogenic components, matrix regulation of cell signaling, advances in analytical tools for elastic systems, mechanisms of elastic fiber diseases, and translational applications for tissue repair and regeneration. There is a strong focus on scientific discussion, networking, mentorship, and career development.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 29, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Elastin, Elastic Fibers & Microfibrils" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Historical and Current Perspectives on Elastic Fiber Function: From Structure to Signaling
Discussion Leaders: Ewa Mularczyk (University of Manchester, United Kingdom) and Rongmo Zhang (McGill University, Canada)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmFrancesco Ramirez (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA)
"Historical and Current Perspectives on Elastic Fiber Function: From Structure to Signaling"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmStructure, Composition and Interactions of Elastic Fiber Components
Discussion Leaders: Willeke Daamen (Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands) and Alexander Eckersley (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmJhonsen Djajamuliadi (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA)
"Investigations of the Unique Role of Alanines in the 'Elastin Puzzle' by Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy and MD Simulations"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmPearl Lee (The University of Sydney, Australia)
"A Cell Adhesive Peptide from Tropoelastin Promotes Sequential Cell Attachment and Spreading via Distinct Receptors"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmJingjie Yeo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Molecular Origins of the Concentration-Dependent Thermal Response in Silk-Elastin-Like Protein Hydrogels: Integrating Experiments and Multiscale Computational Modeling"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmMukti Singh (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
"Structure and Interactions of Elastic Fiber Proteins ADAMTS-L2 and ADAMTS-L4"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmJulia Lopez-Guimet (University of Barcelona, Spain)
"Novel Morphological Approaches to Analyse Elastic Laminae Damage in Murine Marfan Syndrome Aortae"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmChelsea Stowell (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Pilot Evaluation of an In Situ Tissue Engineered Vascular Graft in the Ovine Arterial Circulation"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amBiology of Elastic Fibers and Microfibrils: Implications in Diseases and Therapeutic Potential
Discussion Leaders: Andriy Cherkas (Lviv National Medical University, Ukraine) and Hana Hakami (McGill University, Canada)
9:00 am - 9:15 amMuthu lakshmi Muthu (McGill University, Canada)
"Therapeutic Potential of Osteoclast Inhibitory Fibrillin-1 Fragments"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amShataakshi Dahal (Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic, USA)
"Demonstrating Superior Elastin Regenerative Properties of BM-MSC-Derived Smooth Muscle Cells in a 3D Collagenous Milieu"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amMiguel A. Ortega (University of Alcala, Spain)
"Chronic Venous Insufficiency in Pregnancy: Its Relation to Remodeling of Placental Villi"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amKatrin Hildebrandt (University of Cologne, Germany)
"Microenvironmental Regulation of Muscle Homeostasis by Supramolecular Collagen VI and Fibrillin-2 Networks"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amAneesh Ramaswamy (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
"Improved Aortic Elastogenesis Driven by Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cell Secreted Factors"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amKai Li Tan (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
"Ari-1 and Parkin Affect Nuclear Organization, and ARIH1 Variants Are Associated with Aortic Aneurysm"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: I Got My PhD - Now What?
Discussion Leaders: Heena Kumra (McGill University, Canada) and Michael Lockhart (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"I Got my PhD - Now What?"
  • Julie Phillippi (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Katja Schenke-Layland (Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Germany)
  • Silvia Smaldone (Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA)
  • Anthony Weiss (The University of Sydney, Australia)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by (1R13AR070738-01) from the National Institute Of Arthritis And Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases (NIAMS). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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