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Bones and Teeth
Gordon Research Conference

From Skeletal and Dental Stem Cells to Rare Bone Diseases and Integrative Physiology


January 28 - February 2, 2018


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX Site Information


Fanxin Long

Vice Chair:
Vicki Rosen

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 31, 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.

Meeting Description

The past several years have witnessed a surging interest in studying the skeleton as an integral component of whole-body physiology, and such studies have uncovered novel regulatory circuitries between the skeletal and the neuronal or the metabolic systems. Such findings have underscored the intimate connection between skeletal and overall health. In addition, new insights about the cellular origin and molecular regulation of skeletal and dental stem cells are being provided at a record pace and studies of rare bone diseases have produced unprecedented progress in both mechanistic understanding and potential therapeutics. The 2018 GRC is designed to showcase the latest discoveries in Skeletal and Dental Stem Cells, Craniofacial Biology, Skeletal Aging, Rare Bone Diseases and Integrative Skeletal Physiology, among other important topics. Besides the invited speakers, approximately 20 short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. Support from the conference budget will be available to support junior scientists including students, postdocs and early career investigators.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Bones and Teeth" 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.


Gordon Research Conferences
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
Washington University in St. Louis - Musculoskeletal Research Center
Washington University in St. Louis - Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine

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 September 28, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Progenitors
    (Pamela Robey / Hank Kronenberg / Deneen Wellik)
  • Molecular Regulation of Bone and Tooth Development and Homeostasis
    (Bjorn Olsen / Yang Chai / Marie Demay / David Ornitz / Paul Trainor)
  • Skeletal Aging
    (Lynda Bonewald / Charles O'Brien / Matthew Silva)
  • Genetic Basis for Rare Bone Diseases
    (Brendan Lee / Ernesto Canalis / Maurizio Pacifici / Eileen Shore / Kenneth White)
  • Cellular and Molecular Cross-Talk in Bones and Teeth
    (Deborah Novack / Yiping Chen / Elazar Zelzer)
  • Metabolic Regulation of the Skeleton
    (Thomas Clemens / Geert Carmeliet / Regis O'Keefe / Ryan Riddle / Ernestina Schipani)
  • Degenerative Joint Diseases and Emerging Therapies
    (Xu Cao / Matthew Hilton / Noriyuki Tsumaki)
  • Integrative Physiology of the Skeleton
    (Clifford Rosen / Roland Baron / Teresa Guise / Gerard Karsenty / Beate Lanske / Steven Teitelbaum)
  • Targeting Key Signaling Pathways for Therapy
    (Aris Economides / Jill Helms / Rosa Serra / Bart Williams)
  • Power Hour
    (Vicki Rosen, Marie Demay)
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