Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling is an evolutionarily conserved cell-to-cell communication system that regulates nearly every aspect of embryonic development, as well as adult tissue homeostasis, tissue repair and metabolic physiology. Accordingly, aberrant FGF signaling is the cause of a variety of developmental disorders, metabolic dysfunction, age-related diseases and cancer. This conference will bring together academic scientists, clinicians and industry leaders with a common interest in FGF biology to share innovations that are impacting the field. The meeting's sessions will span a range of topics to reflect the diverse biological functions of FGF signaling and its downstream molecular effectors. These topics include embryonic development and organogenesis, musculoskeletal biology, neurobiology, endocrinology, cancer biology, molecular signaling and structural biology. Each session will entertain presentations by both renowned leaders and colleagues new to the FGF field with particular emphasis on balanced gender and geographical representation. Peer reviewed abstracts will also be considered for platform presentations. In addition to the main scientific program, ample time is available for informal networking to maximize interaction and facilitate collaborations between the meeting participants. Altogether, the meeting provides a unique opportunity to integrate a wide-range of perspectives on FGF biology in relation to human health and disease, with a view to understanding disease mechanisms and devising new therapeutic tools.
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 July 1, 2019. Please check back for updates.
- Early Development, Organogenesis and Evolution
- Musculoskeletal and Craniofacial Roles
- Interaction of FGFs with Other Signaling Pathways
- Metabolic and Endocrine Roles: Homeostasis and Disorders
- Structural Biology of FGFs and Novel Technologies
- FGFs in Cancer: Mechanism, Progression and Therapy
- FGFs in Tissue Regeneration and Repair
- FGFs in Development and Disease of the Nervous System
- Intracellular-Acting and Non-Canonical FGFs