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4th Symposium of the Genetics and Evolution of the Skeleton Research Initiative: Skeletons in Motion

June 15, 2011
Toland Hall, UC Hall Building
533 Parnassus Ave., UC San Francisco

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

GESRI brings together geneticists, paleontologists, osteologists, developmental biologists, and clinicians from numerous institutions in the Bay Area to share research and ideas about how the skeleton forms, heals, and evolves. Please join us for a day of presentations and conversations, followed by a reception on the Nursing Mezzanine.

Plenary Talk (3:45 pm)
Dr. Alex Robling, Indiana University Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine
"Molecular control of mechanical stimulation effects in bone tissue"

Registration is free and biologists at all levels of training are welcome. For more information and to register please email or visit the GESRI website.

Program Schedule


Opening remarks
Leslea Hlusko, Director of GESRI


David DeGusta, Paleoanthropology Institute, Oakland, CA
"The fossil record of hominid bipedalism with notes on where molecular help is needed"


Alexis Lainoff, Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
"Tooth loss in turtles: A developmental approach to an evolutionary story"


Coffee break


Jason Pomerantz, Depts. of Surgery and Orofacial Sciences, UCSF
"Muscle stem cells, telomeres and muscular dystrophy"


Anthony Luke, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF
"Running evolution: nature, science, and health"


Lunch break


Tamara Alliston, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF
"Novel roles for TGF-beta signaling in bone"


Sarah Werning, Dept. of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
"Ontogeny in the fossil record of archosaurian reptiles"


Craig Blanchette, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
"Time- and indentation-dependent response of chondrocytes to cyclic mechanical load"


Coffee break


PLENARY TALK: Alex Robling, Indiana University School of Medicine
"Molecular control of mechanical stimulation effects in bone tissue"


Reception on the Nursing Mezzanine

Major funding generously provided by the Human Evolution Research Center (UC Berkeley) and the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Additional funding and support provided by:

Craniofacial and Mesenchymal Biology Human Evolution Research Center Orthopaedic Trauma Institute Department of Orofacial Sciences, UCSF