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Tissue Niches and Resident Stem Cells in Adult Epithelia
Gordon Research Conference

Modeling Cell-Cell Interactions Governing Tissue Repair and Disease


August 19-24, 2018


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH Site Information


Carla Bender Kim & Jane E. Visvader

Vice Chairs:
Michael M. Shen & Valerie J. Horsley

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 22, 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

The Tissue Niches and Resident Stem Cells in Adult Epithelia GRC will include work from the epidermis and its appendages, intestine, lung, mammary gland, cornea and retina, epithelial transition zones, oral and craniofacial complex, and other emerging epithelial tissues, in all model organisms. The mechanisms by which adult epithelia are maintained by interactions between diverse cell types continues throughout life, begins to decline in aged tissues, and may be altered in disease states. Epithelial progenitor cells interact with stromal cells, endothelial cells, neighboring epithelia, the extracellular matrix, and others. New developments can increase an understanding of the details of these interactions by cell culture and in vivo modeling. The 2018 conference agenda is organized so that each session focuses on a topic in niche biology rather than on the tissue of interest; this design increases opportunities for scientists working on different tissues to interact and inform each others' research. Topics include immune cell interactions, epigenetic regulation, disease modeling, engineering niches, and aging among others. An associated GRS will take place in the 2 days prior to this GRC. The GRS is designed to provide a venue for postdoctoral trainees and graduate students to openly present their research to their peers, to learn how to productively communicate research ideas, and to promote a dynamic and interactive scientific community. The topics for the GRS sessions will focus on key challenges in stem cell biology and how newly developed technologies are contributing to this dynamic field.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Tissue Niches and Resident Stem Cells in Adult Epithelia" 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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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Modeling Cell-Cell Interactions Governing Tissue Repair and Disease
  • Imaging and Single Cell Approaches
  • Diverse Cell Types in Supporting Roles
  • Developmental Pathways Regulating Adult Tissues
  • Modeling Epithelial Development in Disease
  • Immune Cell Interactions
  • DNA Repair and Aging in Niches
  • Epigenetic Regulation of Tissues and Their Niche
  • Engineering Niches
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