The CDB was established to conduct research in the fields of development and regeneration, and to help establish scientific bases for regenerative medicine. As part of that mission, the CDB inaugurated a series of annual symposia in 2003 to facilitate the global and timely exchange of findings in related research fields (http://www.cdb.riken.jp/).
For the CDB Symposium 2015, we will be focusing on 'time.' There are various time scales in developmental events, which are mutually related and tightly coordinated; the timing of cells to divide and differentiate, time as developmental stages and specific events (such as metamorphosis), time as the lifespan of a species, time along the course of evolution, or even the heterochronically shifted time that we perceive through comparison of the developmental time table of different animals. We aim to discuss and understand the various contexts of 'developmental time,' while reflecting on the concept of time used in our own research. Intrinsic genetic programs coordinate developmental time through regulatory networks of transcription factors. More complex timing programs involve systemic signaling that coordinates the developmental processes among tissues within an organism. The duration of developmental intervals can be regulated in response to nutritional or environmental cues. Developmental timing mechanisms ensure correct tissue organization, patterning, and size in a variety of organisms. How time is controlled during development, or alternatively, how development employs temporal cues (clocks/oscillators) to generate cell diversity and coordinated patterns are therefore central themes in development.
The program will feature presentations, both talks and posters, covering a range of topics, including (1) Temporal Cell Fate, (2) Oscillation and Patterning, (3) Developmental Timing, (4) Life Span, and (5) Evolutionary Time.
The program for the three-day meeting is scheduled to start on the morning of March 23 and end in the afternoon of March 25, 2015, and will include both oral and poster sessions. The number of participants, including invited speakers, will be limited to 150.
We encourage the submission of abstracts for the poster session from many scientists to increase opportunities for lively and informative exchange of views. A small number of poster abstracts will be selected for oral presentations. A limited number of travel fellowships for graduate students and post-docs traveling to Japan will also be available.
We look forward to welcoming you to Kobe and the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology.
CDB Symposium Organizers