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

Cellular and Molecular Signalling of FGFs: From Bench to Bedside


March 24-25, 2018


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


Stuart G. Nayar & Yasmine Y.T. Tanner

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 24, 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.

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 December 24, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development and Disease aims to familiarize the participants with intricacies and key outstanding questions in the field of FGF signalling. It also provides a unique opportunity for graduate students, post-docs and early career scientists with comparable levels of experience to present unpublished data, exchange ideas and network.

The seminar will track the transition from scientific breakthroughs to the development of potential therapies for the treatment of debilitating diseases emanating from deregulated FGF signalling. This will encompass a number of diverse fields from cellular, molecular and developmental biology to biochemistry and pathology. An integral aspect for the development of young scientists is the prospect of career progression. To address this, expert and senior speakers from these fields will also provide mentorship to participants and discuss career progression opportunities within and outside academia.

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 December 24, 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.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development and Disease" 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.

Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by January 24, 2018. Please check back for updates.


  • Philippe Soriano (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA)

Additional Speakers Will Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • Aiseta Baradji (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
  • Natasha Clayton (Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom)
  • Benediktas Kaminskas (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom)
  • Stuart Nayar (University of East Anglia, United Kingdom)
  • Daniel Rios (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany)

Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Mentorship and Career Progression"

  • David Ornitz (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)
  • Yoshikazu Nakamura (Ribomic Inc., Japan)
  • Suzanne Mansour (University of Utah, USA)
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