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12th Structural Birth Defects Meeting
Bethesda Marriott, Bethesda, MD
November 2-4, 2021

In keeping with the tradition of fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, this meeting will bring together structural birth defects researchers spanning the scientific spectrum from basic to clinical to translational, including developmental biologists, cell biologist, biophysicists, clinicians, genomicists, geneticists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians and bioinformaticists. Initially, the participants at this meeting were the grantees funded through the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Structural Birth Defects Initiative at the National Institutes of Health. In 2017, the meeting was expanded to include participation by all investigators in the birth defects research community, especially trainees. This meeting is a unique opportunity to hear the latest research on the etiology and development of structural birth defects.

The conference will include up to 180 attendees, small enough to encourage the high level level of discussion and collaboration it has embodied over the years. The format of the meeting will be predominantly short presentations of hypothesis driven findings grouped into several topic areas and selected from submitted abstracts. In addition, there will be a welcoming address by the NICHD Director, Diana Bianchi, M.D., two keynote addresses, as well as a poster session and trainee mentoring activities.

Keynote Speakers:
Nadav Ahituv, Ph.D., Professor of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, University of California, San Francisco. Lecture topic: “Functional characterization and therapeutic targeting of gene regulatory elements”

Michael Gambello, M.D., Ph,D., Professor of Human Genetics and Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine. Lecture topic: “A paradigm for translational medicine: Manipulation of the mTORC1 pathway to treat tuberous sclerosis complex”

Steering Committee:  Daniel Cohn, University of California, Los Angeles; Elizabeth Bhoj, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Dolores Lamb, Weill Cornell Medicine
Last Updated on 07/11/2021