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13th Structural Birth Defects Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to participate in Thirteenth Structural Birth Defects Meeting to be held in-person September 16-18, 2024 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. 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 research, including developmental biologists, cell biologist, biophysicists, clinicians, genomicists, geneticists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians and bioinformaticists.

The program will feature oral presentations and abstracts with a focus on trainee presentations. We are excited to have commitments from two keynote speakers: Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D. from Boston Children’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School as well as Eric Liao M.D., Ph.D. from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Craniofacial Innovation. We also look forward to an address from Diana Bianchi, M.D., Director of the NICHD. The meeting will open with a special “voice of the patient” session where multiple families will discuss the impact structural birth defects research has had on their families. Plan to join us for an exciting meeting!

Keynote Speakers

Wendy Chung, MD, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Eric Liao, MD, PhD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Special Issue of Developmental Biology

We also want to announce a special issue of the Developmental Biology journal with a focus on work related to Structural Birth Defects Research which will accompany this meeting. Editors for this special edition will be Rebecca Burdine, Ph.D. and Carol Wise, Ph.D. The submission deadline will be in November 2024 with publication of the compiled issue in 2025. Look for an email on this from the journal in the near future.

Upcoming Deadlines
Abstract Submission – June 3
Early registration – June 17
Regular registration – August 12

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards and information will be forthcoming.

Please visit the meeting website regularly for updates and links to abstract and registration submissions, to be open in April.

The Structural Birth Defects Steering Committee

Last Updated: 2024-04-11