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Craniofacial Symposium Program


This is the current schedule of speakers and topics for the 2022 Forsyth Craniofacial Symposium. The Symposium will bring together researchers and clinicians working on different aspects of craniofacial biology and will include poster presentations by attendees and talks by renowned leaders in the field. Please check periodically for updates. Find the full list of speakers and their bios here.

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Day 1: Wednesday Nov 2

2:00 pm   3:00 pm    Registration
3:00 pm3:10 pmDr. Wenyuan Shi
CEO, The Forsyth Institute
Welcome Message

Session 1: Postdoctoral Researchers Presentations

Moderated by Ning Yu

3:10 pm3:30 pmYaser Peymanfar, Postdoctoral Fellow, Trackman Lab, The Forsyth InstituteThe gut-bone axis: Understanding the mechanism of diabetic bone disease
3:30 pm3:50 pmCongyu Yu,
Research Fellow, Yang Lab, Harvard School of Dental Medicine 
Role of Wnt/PCP signaling in craniofacial morphogenesis and skull injury repair
3:50 pm4:10 pmZhirui Jiang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hsu Lab, The Forsyth InstituteSingle cell transcriptomics of cell lineages and Axin2-expressing cells for the analysis of skeletal stem cells in calvaria suture
4:10 pm4:30 pmJinghao Wang
Postdoctoral Fellow, Chen Lab, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
Therapeutic Effects of Irisin messenger RNA (mRNA) in Ameliorating Pathophysiology of Osteoarthritis
4:30 pm4:50 pmNelson Monteiro
Postdoctoral Fellow, Bidlack Lab, The Forsyth Institute
Polymer-Induced Liquid Precursor Process Using 8DSS Peptide for Biomimetic Mineralization
4:50 pm5:10 pmMaria Paula Gomes, Research Scholar, Gori Lab, Harvard School of Dental MedicineRole of the Wnt antagonist Sfrp4 in Dental Pulp Mesenchymal Stem Cells
5:10 pm5:20 pmNing Yu,
Staff Associate, The Forsyth Institute
Wrap Up Summary

Day 2: Thursday, Nov 3

8:00 am   8:50 am    Registration/Coffee and light refreshments
8:50 am9:00 amDr. Wenyuan Shi
CEO, The Forsyth Institute
Dr. William Giannobile
Dean, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Welcome Message

Session 2: Stem Cell and and Fate Specification

Moderated by Wei Hsu

9:00 am   9:30 am    Gage Crump
Professor of Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine,
University of S. California
Lifelong Single-Cell Profiling of Cranial Neural Crest Diversification
9:30 am10:00 amKatherine Fantauzzo 
Assistant Professor of Craniofacial Biology,
University of Colorado
Two sides of the same face: PDGF receptors in the neural crest
10:00 am10:30 amMarcos Simoes-Costa (MIA)
Associate Professor of Systems Biology; Associate Professor of Pathology,
Harvard Medical School
Signals and circuits controlling neural crest plasticity
10:30 am11:00 amLindsey Barske
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Control of ectomesenchyme fate by Nr2f nuclear receptors
11:00 am12:30 pmBreak/Lunch

Session 3: Development and Disease

Moderated by Jeffrey Bush

12:30 pm   1:00 pm    Jeffrey Bush
Professor of Cell & Tissue Biology, University of California San Francisco
Cellular mechanisms of lip and palate fusion
1:00 pm1:30 pmEric Liao
Director, Professor of Surgery,
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine/CHOP
Scratching the surface: The role of embryonic epithelium in craniofacial development
1:30 pm2:00 pmLicia Selleri
Professor of Craniofacial Biology, University of California San Francisco
Regulatory Dynamics of Midfacial Growth in Evolution and Disease
2:00 pm2:30 pmRobert Aaron Cornell
Professor of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington
A massively parallel reporter assay identifies candidates for functional variants associated with risk for orofacial cleft near IRF6
2:30 pm2:45 pmCoffee Break

Session 4: Regenerative Medicine (Tissue Engineering)

Moderated by: Jirun Sun

2:45 pm   3:15 pm    Aaron W. James (remote)
Professor of Pathology, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Innervation in cranial bone morphogenesis and repair
3:15 pm3:45 pmYingzi Yang
Associate Dean for Research, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Regulation of hedgehog signaling in cranial bone development and injury repair
3:45 pm4:15 pmYunzhi Peter Yang
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
Bone tissue engineering: What we have learned from bone?
4:15 pm4:45 pmGabriel Mbalaviele
Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis
The role of inflammasome pathways in skeletal development and maintenance

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Reception for all speakers and Forsyth at Za

Day 3: Friday, Nov. 4

Session 5: Emerging Research

Moderated by Yang Chai

8:00 am   9:00 am    Coffee and light refreshments
9:00 am9:30 amLilian Shum
Director of Extramural Research, NIDCR
NIDCR research support and priorities for craniofacial development, disease, and regeneration
9:30 am10:00 amYang Chai
Professor of Craniofacial Molecular Biology, University of S. California
Mesenchymal stem cells in tissue homeostasis and regeneration
10:00 am10:30 amOphir Klein (remote)
Executive Director, Cedars-Sinai Guerin Children’s Hospital
Plasticity during renewal of the dentition
10:30 am11:00 amWei Hsu
Senior Member of Staff,
The Forsyth Institute
Nonclassical β-catenin signaling in craniofacial cell fate specification
11:00 am11:30 amNoriaki Ono
Associate Professor of Diagnostic & Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Houston
Endosteal stem cells in young bones: An essential regulator of bone health and disease
11:30 am 12:00 pmWei Hsu
Senior Member of Staff,
The Forsyth Institute
Wrap up summary and group discussion of next steps in the field

Comfortable space will be open to all symposium participants to relax and network with other attendees as well as Forsyth investigators before departure.

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