Meeting Report: 2nd Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development and Repair

This second Fusion conference on Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development and Repair took place in Cancun Mexico, from March 8 through March 11, 2017. The meeting was chaired again by Prof. David Ornitz (Washington University, St Louis, USA) and Prof. Saverio Bellusci (Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany).

The invited Faculty, which presented state of the art data, included Dr. Richard Grose (Queen Mary University of London), Dr. Stijn de Langhe (University of Alabama Birmingham), Dr. Mohammad Hajihosseini (University of East Anglia), Dr. Laurence Legeai-Mallet (Imagine Institute-Inserm U1163), Dr. Bradley Olwin (University of Colorado Boulder), Dr. Dina Ron (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology), Dr. Michael Simons (Yale University), Dr. Philippe Soriano (The Mount Sinai Hospital), Dr. Sabine Werner (ETH, Zurich), Dr. Xin Sun (University of Calif, San Diego), Dr. Fen Wang (Texas A&M) and Dr. Jin-San Zhang (Mayo Clinic).

We also recruited other speakers, both junior, mid-level, and senior scientists from the submitted abstracts. We had a good ratio of speakers both in terms of gender and seniority, with the priority given to junior to mid-level scientists.

Contrarily to the first meeting, which was organized on a relatively short notice, the chairs had plenty of time to organize this meeting as well as to do fund raising, with most of the money coming from biotech companies, scientific publishing companies and academic institutions. This allowed us to provide substantial funding for travel awards to most of the students, postdocs, and junior faculty attending to this meeting. The program set by the chairs attracted participants from many countries with various scientific interest. The participants at this meeting primarily worked in the field of FGFs in cancer, neurobiology, regeneration and disease, organogenesis, musculoskeletal and vascular development. This meeting allowed networking and cross fertilization of ideas between overlapping but related fields of research.

The conference venue, the fusion staff and the fantastic weather at this time of the year permitted us to conduct the meeting in a stress-free atmosphere which was very helpful to allow the field to advance. Most of the attendees participated to the discussion and plenty of time was available for networking and setting up collaborations. The poster presentations were also actively attended and provided an additional platform for discussion and collaboration.

In conclusion, this Fusion meeting was very successful and the attendants decided to organize another meeting in 2019 which will be chaired by Dr. Sabine Werner and Dr. Brad Olwin.

3rd Fibroblast Growth Factors?

We’re excited to let you know we’ll be soon adding the third meeting in the series to our website. Be the first to hear about it by following Fusion on Twitter and/or signing up to the Fusion mailing list.

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