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Salivary Glands and Exocrine Biology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Exocrine Gland Biology, Organogenesis and Regeneration


February 18-19, 2017


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Mahmoud Khalafalla & Elaine P. Emmerson

Meeting Description

The first Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Salivary Glands and Exocrine Biology will bring together highly qualified junior scientists, including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, to discuss novel research findings at the forefront of the field in an informal environment. Topics include salivary proteins, mucins, epithelial barriers and the processes of exocrine gland organogenesis, degeneration and regeneration.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Salivary Glands and Exocrine Biology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). 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 pmKeynote Session: Novel Treatment/Preventive Aspects for Salivary Gland Dysfunction
Discussion Leader: Mariane Martinez (Rice University, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmOlga Baker (University of Utah School of Dentistry, USA)
"Resolution of Salivary Gland Inflammation"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDevelopment/Regeneration and Progenitor Cells
Discussion Leader: Christina Maruyama (University of Utah, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:45 pmHarleen Athwal (University of Michigan School of Dentsitry, USA)
"The Role of SOX10 in Epithelial KIT+ Salivary Gland Stem/Progenitor cells"
7:45 pm - 7:50 pmDiscussion
7:50 pm - 8:05 pmKara DeSantis (University at Albany, SUNY, USA)
"Retinoic Acid Receptor Isoforms Reciprocally Control Proliferation of Cytokeratin 5-Positive Salivary Epithelial Cells"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:25 pmAaron Mattingly (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Neuregulin-1/ERBB3 Signaling Is Essential for Mouse Salivary Gland Development and Acinar Cell Formation"
8:25 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:45 pmSarah Pringle (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
"Exhaustion of Salivary Gland Stem Cells Causes Hyposalivation in Primary Sjogren's Syndrome"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:05 pmCecilia Rocchi (University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands)
"Influence of Hippo Pathway on Salivary Gland Stem Cells Regenerative Potential"
9:05 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
9:10 pm - 9:25 pmLionel Berthoin (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Deciphering the Mechanisms of Aging in the Salivary Gland"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amDisease and Tissue Engineering Approaches
Discussion Leader: Tathyane Teshima (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
9:00 am - 9:15 amAna Caroline Costa da Silva (National Institutes of Health, USA)
"Immunobiology of Labial Minor Salivary Gland Injury in the Pathogenesis of Oral cGVHD"
9:15 am - 9:20 amDiscussion
9:20 am - 9:35 amKimberly Jasmer-McDonald (University of Missouri, USA)
"Exploring the Role of P2Y2 Nucleotide Receptors (P2Y2Rs) in a Novel Autoimmune Mouse Model of Sjögren's Syndrome"
9:35 am - 9:40 amDiscussion
9:40 am - 9:55 amKihoon Nam (University of Utah School of Dentistry, USA)
"L1 Peptide-Conjugated Fibrin Hydrogels Promote Salivary Gland Regeneration"
9:55 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amAbeer Shaalan (King's College London, United Kingdom)
"TLR3 Mediated Injury and Dysfunction in Salivary Glands"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amJomy Varghese (University of Rochester, USA)
"Tracking siRNA-Treated Submandibular Gland Cell Fate and Function via Co-Delivery of 4-Hydroxytamoxifen"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amDanielle Wu (Rice University, USA)
"Differentiation of Salivary Human Stem/Progenitor Cells and Pedigrees in Bioactive Hydrogels"
10:55 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: Career Discussion Panel
A panel of three senior scientists in the field, Olga Baker (University of Utah), Rachel Ettinger (MedImmune) and Sarah Knox (University of California, San Francisco), will briefly introduce themselves and their career trajectories, followed by a chance for the GRS attendees to ask the panel questions regarding "How to balance research for either an academic or industry career".
Discussion Leader: Elaine Emmerson (MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Balancing Industry and Academia"
  • Olga Baker (University of Utah School of Dentistry, USA)
  • Rachel Ettinger (MedImmune, USA)
  • Sarah Knox (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13DE026651-01 from the National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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