Conference Summary

Launched in 2007 by Joel Rosenbaum, this FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) is the leading international meeting covering all aspects of cilia and cilia-related diseases.

The conference brings together established investigators and newcomers to the field of cilia including human geneticists; cell, molecular, and developmental biologists; biochemists; as well as physician-scientists using a broad range of models and methods to study cilia and cilia-related disease.

The main themes of this meeting are: 1) The basic biology of cilia including its structure, composition, and motility; 2) The mechanism of cilia signaling and its role during development and homeostasis; 3) The etiology of cilia-related disease and the development of treatments.  

Conference sessions will present the latest research findings and foster discussion on: 

  • Cilia structure, assembly, and motility
  • Genetics of ciliopathies and therapeutics
  • Left-right axis specification
  • Cilia in the central nervous system
  • Cilia signaling and signal perception

The conference will feature a keynote lecture by Maureen Barr, PhD (Professor of Genetics, Rutgers University), nine oral sessions and two poster sessions. Two professional development workshops will focus on career perspectives at undergraduate institutions and in foundations, industry, and publishing. A special session will focus on the ciliopathy Bardet-Biedl Syndrome and be chaired by the President of the BBS Foundation. The session will include individuals impacted by BBS and physician-scientists at the forefront of therapeutic development.


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Funding for this conference was made possible in part by 1 R13 HD098854-01 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Conference Location

Base Village Conference Center
110 Carriage Way
Snowmass Village, CO 81615 USA

Please note: The deadline to be considered for a short talk is June 19, 2019 (concurrent with the advance registration deadline).

Conference Organizers

Tamara Caspary, PhD
Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA

Rebecca D. Burdine, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, NJ, USA

Karl Lechtreck, PhD
Associate Professor, Cellular Biology, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

Keynote Speaker

Maureen Barr, PhD
Rutgers University