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Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development and Disease (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

FGF Signalling: From Molecular Understanding to Therapeutic Targeting


June 4-5, 2016


The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China


Abbie E. Fearon & Luigi Maddaluno

Hong Kong Advisory Board:
Tony F. Chan, Kathryn Song Eng Cheah, Fanny M.C. Cheung, Arthur B. Ellis, Barry Halliwell, Nancy Ip, Jian Lu, Peter Mathieson, Alfonso Ngan, Paul Tam, Benjamin Wah, Henry Wong, Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, Kenneth Young & Albert Cheung-Hoi Yu More Information

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development and Disease 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.

The focus of this meeting will be emerging research on molecular mechanisms of FGF signalling and the involvement of these pathways in normal development and pathological conditions, as well as in regeneration and repair after injury. As well as discussion of the latest discoveries in the field of FGF biology, there will also be a mentorship panel where participants can discuss career prospects and opportunities.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development and Disease" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final 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: A Career in Science
Keynote Lecture from Prof. John Ladbury on his career and experiences in science so far.
Discussion Leader: Katharine Arney (Science Writer and Broadcaster, United Kingdom)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmJohn Ladbury (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
"An Unusual Pathway to Signalling"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFGFR Signalling
Discussion Leaders: Alvaro Ingles-Prieto (Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria) and Jie Wang (University of Manitoba, Canada)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmAiseta Baradji (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
"Implication of Heparin Binding Site 3 in FGF2 Binding to Heparan Sulfate and Confinement in the Extracellular Matrix"
7:45 pm - 7:55 pmDiscussion
7:55 pm - 8:10 pmStuart Nayar (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom)
"The Role of Fgf10 on Neuro-Gliogenesis in the Mouse Embryonic Spinal Cord"
8:10 pm - 8:20 pmDiscussion
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmEva Reichhart (Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria)
"Red Light-Controlled FGFR1 Allow Precise Activation of Cellular Signalling Through Mammalian Tissue"
8:35 pm - 8:45 pmDiscussion
8:45 pm - 9:00 pmDaniel Rios (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany)
"Branching Morphogenesis on a Chip: Towards a Microfluidic Platform to Study Tracheal Tube Formation"
9:00 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmYasmine Tanner (Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom)
"Drug Resistance Mechanisms of FGFR-Driven Cancers"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amFGFs in Development and Disease
Discussion Leaders: Michael Meyer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland) and Stuart Nayar (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAndrew Hagan (Washington University School of Medicine, USA)
"FGF9 Signalling in Early Lung Development"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amOtto Makela (University of Helsinki, Finland)
"The Function of Fibroblast Growth Factor 20 in Hair Follicle Dermal Condensate Formation"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amJennifer Symonds (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH, USA)
"Role of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptors 1 and 2 in Progenitor Populations During Salivary Gland Development"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amJie Wang (University of Manitoba, Canada)
"FGF-16 and Doxorubicin Cardiotoxicity: A Novel Way to Protect the Heart Against Chemotherapy"
10:50 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: Careers Discussion
Presentations from Prof. Marja Hurley (Professor of Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery), Dr. Chiara Francavilla (Group Leader, University of Manchester) and Dr. Kat Arney (Broadcaster and Science Writer) on their careers post-PhD.
Discussion Leader: Richard Grose (Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom)
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmKatharine Arney (Science Writer and Broadcaster, United Kingdom)
"Life Behind the Headlines"
1:45 pm - 1:50 pmDiscussion
1:50 pm - 2:05 pmMarja Hurley (University of Connecticut, USA)
"Career Milestones for a Physician Scientist"
2:05 pm - 2:10 pmDiscussion
2:10 pm - 2:25 pmChiara Francavilla (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
"From PhD Student in Italy to Fellow in the UK"
2:25 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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