The TGF-β Superfamily: Signaling in Development and Disease

Conference Summary

This SRC is an important and unique scientific conference where the pivotal role of TGF-β family members, including TGF-βs, nodal, activins, BMPs, and GDFs, in developmental, homeostatic, and pathological processes is explored through formal talks, poster sessions, and interactive and intensive scientific discussion sessions. Expansion of this field into previously uncharted areas of biology and human pathogenesis is exemplary, and in part, due to high throughput efforts that serendipitously bring scientists to the world of TGF-β. Program topics include tissue morphogenesis in development and disease, signaling networks and crosstalk, inflammation, vasculature and tissue transformation, tissue microenvironment dynamics in disease, therapeutic frontiers of TGF-β signaling, and homeostatic and metabolic control of growth and disease.

This conference includes researchers from around the world presenting diverse, cutting edge and forward looking research directed towards a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of TGF-β family signaling: how these factors mediate context- and temporal-specific signals to orchestrate complex developmental processes, how aberrations in this signaling pathway lead to developmental abnormalities and human disease pathologies, and how this knowledge may come to be applied in the clinic. All lectures will be held in an intimate setting with a limited number of participants that is an ideal setting especially for young students and trainees and those who recently entered the TGF-β world to engage into a discussion with world-renowned experts. Speakers are encouraged to present and discuss unpublished data.

This SRC will stimulate ideas amongst a diverse group of cell biologists, developmental biologists, embryologists, biochemists, physiologists, biophysicists, and translational biologists, by bringing them together in an intimate setting to share the latest developments in different fields. This conference will seek to strengthen interactions between those scientists studying molecular mechanisms and those studying development and disease, and will welcome scientists who recently entered the TGF-β field. The conference program planned so far is truly global and represents the breadth of TGF-β family biology. A significant number of submitted abstracts will be selected for short talks. The oral presentations together with three poster sessions and the recreational afternoon sessions will ensure a good blend between young and more advanced investigators, students and postdoctoral fellows that can use this time productively towards building collaborations and scientific exchanges.

Program Agenda

Important Deadlines:   Early Bird: May 21, 2017           Last Day to Register: June 8, 2017


  • Keynote Lecture “Developmental syndromes and genetic alterations in the TGF-β pathway”
  • Career Development Workshop
  • Meet the Expert sessions

Keynote Lecture

Harry C. Dietz, MD
Professor, Institute of Genetic Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Director, Smilow Center for Marfan Syndrome Research
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Conference Organizers

Akiko Hata, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Mary Mullins, PhD
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Conference Staff

Kristen Hagy, CMP, Conference Manager

Pippa O'Shea, Conference Assistant

Contact us:
Email: src@faseb.org
Phone: 1.301.634.7010

Date & Location

Date: July 9-14, 2017
Lisbon Marriott Hotel 

Avenida dos Combatentes
Lisboa (Lisbon) 1600-042 Portugal

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

The closest airport is the Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), which is 4.3 miles or 6.9 kilometers from the Lisbon Marriott Hotel. Please visit the LIS site for more information.

Taxis and rental cars are available. Please use the links below for Transportation & Lodging information:

Official Conference Lodging

Lisbon Marriott Hotel
Avenida dos Combatentes
Lisboa (Lisbon) 1600-042 Portugal

The Lisbon Marriott Hotel is located in the new financial district. Guestrooms include 1 king or 2 twin beds, an in-room safe, LCD screen TV, voicemail, and air-conditioning. The hotel facilities include a fitness center and pool.

If you request a single or a double occupancy room, the registration fee covers 5 nights of lodging (Sunday through Thursday night, checkout Friday morning). A credit card will be required upon check-in for incidental expenses (i.e. in-room movies, room service, etc.).

If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the conference dates, you must make your own reservations for the extra nights you require. You are responsible for payment upon check-out.

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