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Neural Crest & Cranial Placodes (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Insights into Embryogenesis, Stemness, and Translational Applications of Neural Crest and Cranial Placodes


February 4-5, 2017


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


Shachi Bhatt & Betsy N. Schock

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was January 7, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Neural Crest and Cranial Placodes 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.

Research on neural crest cells and cranial placodes is diverse, and studies range from understanding the molecular, cellular, or evolutionary origins of these cells to translational studies focused on preventative and therapeutic interventions. This meeting will span the gamut of these studies to provide attendees with a comprehensive view of research on both development and applications of neural crest cells and cranial placodes. We will feature both talks and posters from early career researchers, as well as a career panel from scientists highly engaged in neural crest cell or placode research. Overall, the goal for this meeting is to engage deep discussion and form valuable collaborations within peers of the neural crest cell and placode community.

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 November 4, 2016. 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 "Neural Crest & Cranial Placodes" 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 pmEmbryogenesis and Pluripotency
Discussion Leader: Eric Van Otterloo (University of Colorado Denver, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmLauren Geary (Northwestern University, USA)
"FGF Mediated MAPK and PI3K/Akt Signals Make Distinct Contributions to Pluripotency and the Establishment of Neural Crest"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:20 pmRebecca McLennan (Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA)
"DAN (NBL1) Promotes Collective Neural Crest Migration by Restraining Uncontrolled Invasion"
4:20 pm - 4:25 pmDiscussion
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmGeneral Discussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmEmbryogenesis and Pluripotency (continued) / Diseases, Birth Defects and Applications
Discussion Leader: Annita Achilleos (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmYanxia Rao (The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China)
"Dlc1, a Rho GTPase-Activating Protein, Is Essential for Cranial Neural Crest Development"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmMargot Bowen (Stanford University, USA)
"Defining the Spectrum of Phenotypes that Can Be Induced by Different Levels of p53 Activation in Neural Crest Cells"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmKaivalya Shevade (University of Southern California, USA)
"Nuclear Reorganization Driving Mesenchymal Cell Fate Transition in Neural Crest Cells"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmSurangi Perera (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
"The Development of Olfactory Ensheathing Cells from the Neural Crest"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmZahra Motahari (George Washington University, USA)
"Axon Tracking: A New Approach to an Old Problem"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmNatalie Shaw (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, USA)
"Mutations in SMCHD1 Are Associated with Congenital Arhinia and Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Type 2"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amKeynote Session: Questions and Challenges for Crest and Placode Development / Crest"OMICS"
Discussion Leader: Kristin Artinger (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amAndrew Groves (Baylor College of Medicine, USA)
"There's Plenty of Room at the Border: Questions and Challenges for Crest and Placode Development"
9:40 am - 9:55 amDiscussion
9:55 am - 10:10 amChristopher Dooley (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, United Kingdom)
"Stepwise Genetic Ablation of the Neural Crest and Single Embryo mRNA Sequencing Identifies New Genes Involved in Neural Crest Development"
10:10 am - 10:15 amDiscussion
10:15 am - 10:30 amRuth Williams (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
"Genome-Wide Regulatory Profiling of Cranial Neural Crest Reveals Network of Cis-Regulatory Elements and Super Enhancer-Like Clusters Controlling Neural Crest Master Regulators"
10:30 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 10:50 amLauren Wolfe (Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA)
"Single Cell Transcriptome Analysis of Neural Crest Migration to Determine How Molecular Patterns Are Transduced into Collective Cell Behaviors"
10:50 am - 10:55 amDiscussion
10:55 am - 11:00 amGeneral Discussion
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: Panel Discussion
Discussion Leaders: Shachi Bhatt (Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA) and Betsy Schock (Cincinnati Children's Hospital, USA)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"The Different Faces of Academic Research"
  • Paul Trainor (Stowers Institute for Medical Reseach, USA)
  • Samantha Brugmann (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Research reported in this publication was supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R13HD090829. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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