Planar Cell Polarity in Development Across Evolution

Society for Developmental Biology 78th Annual Meeting
Marriott Copley Place, Boston, MA
Friday, July 26, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

New! Final Program

About Symposium:

Although mechanisms of planar polarity have been the subject of experimental study for over half a century, only in the last few years have we begun to have an appreciation of the underlying molecular mechanisms and the breadth of its importance in organismal development. In particular rapid progress is being driven by advances in genetic engineering, live imaging and studies of cellular and protein dynamics. The last international planar polarity conference was in 2013, since which time much has been discovered. This symposium will bring together workers from across the planar polarity field, working on a range of experimental models, to exchange ideas and tools.

In addition to the invited confirmed speakers, we will select speakers on the basis of submitted abstracts for:

  1. Short talks (12 min talk + 3 min questions). Talks will be selected by symposium organizers, with a special emphasis on presentations by early career researchers.
  2. Flash talks (1 slide, 1 min) to highlight a poster presented at the SDB meeting.

Abstract Submission:

Please submit abstracts for Short or Flash talks no later than 7th June, via the following link: (Note: Flash talk abstracts must  have also been submitted through SDB annual meeting abstract submission page.)


Register for this symposium by selecting "Planar Cell Polarity in Development Across Evolution" when registering for the SDB Annual Meeting at no additional cost. 

Symposium-Only registration is $50 for those who do not wish to attend the SDB Annual Meeting.

Confirmed Speakers:

Jeff Axelrod
Handedness of helical morphogenesis determined by PCP signaling, and implications for module connectivity
Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Danelle Devenport
Polarizing epidermal morphogenesis via the PCP pathway
Associate Professor, Princeton University, USA

Charlotte Dean
The PCP pathway in lung development and repair
Senior Lecturer in Lung Development and Disease, Imperial College London, UK

Maja Matis
Mechanical control of tissue remodelling by Fat PCP pathway
Investigator, University of M√ľnster, Germany

Helen McNeill
Fat cadherins in planar polarity in early metazoans
Professor of Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA

Marek Mlodzik
Linking Wnt/Frizzled Planar Cell Polarity to Ciliary Positioning and Ciliary Genes
Professor and Chair, Mount Sinai, NY, USA

Lila Solnica-Krezel
Dachsous cadherins, GPR125 Adhesion GPCR and PCP signaling during zebrafish gastrulation
Professor and Chair, Department of Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Sergei Sokol 
Crosstalk of apical-basal and planar polarity during vertebrate neural tube closure
Professor, Cell, Developmental & Regenerative Biology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

David Strutt
Dissecting molecular mechanisms of planar polarity establishment in the Drosophila wing
Professor of Developmental Genetics, University of Sheffield, UK

John Wallingford
Planar cell polarity and convergent extension
Professor, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Symposium Organizers:

Helen McNeill, Professor, Department of Developmental Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 63110.  Email: [email protected]

David Strutt, Professor of Developmental Genetics, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK. Email: [email protected]

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