We are pleased to announce that the 27th CDB Meeting "Body surface tactics: Cellular crosstalk for the generation of super-biointerfaces" will be held on November 14 (Monday) and 15 (Tuesday), 2016 at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan.

The body surface, or skin, is a complex, highly versatile and variable ‘super-biointerface’ that mediates organisms and their environments. It performs numerous important functions, including protection, regulation of temperature and permeability to water, sensation and communication. The colour, pattern, shape and function of the body surface can also change dynamically to adapt to new environments during development, homeostasis and evolution.

In this meeting, we will discuss how crosstalk between a wide variety of cell types and tissues plays a pivotal role in integrating cells into functional units and generating emergent functional properties of this interface. The study of such phenomena provides new insights into the mechanisms underlying the generation of the multi-functionality and plasticity of the body surface, which in turn helps to broaden our understanding of homeostasis in the human skin, develop new treatments for intractable dermatological disorders, and work toward complete regeneration of the skin.

The purpose of this meeting is to bring together scientists who are studying the body surface in different disciplines, including cell and developmental biology, regenerative biology, vascular and neurobiology, immunology, evolution, mathematics and medicine, to decode the tactics adopted by the body surface to generate a super-biointerface.

Topics to be discussed will include
(1) epithelial formation
(2) functional unit formation<
(3) maintenance and regeneration
(4) evo-devo
(5) new technologies
(6) dysfunction and therapeutics.

The program will include both oral and poster sessions. We encourage the submission of abstracts for the poster session from scientists in various fields to increase opportunities for lively and exciting discussion. Several abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kobe and the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology.

Meeting Organizers


Akiharu Kubo (Keio University, Japan)
Daisuke Nanba (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan)
Emi Nishimura (Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan)
Hironobu Fujiwara (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan)


November 14 (Mon) - 15 (Tue), 2016


RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
Auditorium, 1F Building C
2-2-3, Minatojima-minamimachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-0047, Japan
(Approximately 5 minutes walk from "Iryo Center" port-liner train station)
For details, please see "Access".


English (Simultaneous translation will not be provided)

Participation Fee

FREE (Lunch and Banquet fee required separately - optional)
Lunch: 2,000 JPY (2 days)
Banquet: 5,000 JPY (General) / 1,000 JPY (Student)


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