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Neural Crest development and disorders: from patient to model system and back again

Greetings Xenopus community!

Registration is open for the meeting “Neural Crest development and disorders: from patient to model system and back again” (, being held in the Peninsula of Giens, in the south of France, March 3-6, 2024.

Organised by the students in the EUs EU Innovative Training Network PhD program, this international scientific conference is organised by the Ph.D. students of the NEUcrest project, a research and training consortium funded by EU Horizon 2020 program, aimed at deciphering the molecular bases of NC development, developing models of human neurocristopathies and experimental tools for NC research.. Working with Xenopus has been an important part of the ITN, which includes Grant Wheeler, Anne-Helene Monsoro-Burq, Gerhard Schlosser, Mustafa Khokha and Karen Liu on the steering committee.

As there is a large number of people studying Neural Crest in the Xenopus community, they wanted make sure everyone hears of this amazing opportunity to attend this NC conference.

Early career researchers, Ph.D. students and young scientists are encouraged to attend the conference, and to apply for an oral or a poster presentation. Ph.D students should also watch out for the early bird registrations, as the first 30 students to apply will be offered a highly discounted registration fee by the NEUcrest consortium.

Together with an engaging series of plenary talks by leading experts in the field of Neural Crest biology in development and disease, this conference strongly highlights the new generation of young scientists of the Neural Crest research community.

Over the course of 2.5 intense days, attendees can expect exciting sessions and discussions exploring all facets of Neural Crest development, covering the initial phases of NC induction and specification over to NC cell differentiation, and Neurocristopathies. To include a patient perspective to the ongoing research, this conference also invited a speaker, living with a Neurocristopathy to share her experience and her view of the expectations from public and patients for current research.

Invited speakers: Dr. Anestis Tsakiridis, Dr. Eric Theveneau, Dr. Maria Eleni Kastriti, Dr. Ruth Palmer

Keynote speaker: Professor Marianne Bronner.

Attached the official poster of the conference – please print a copy and post in your institute or department, and forward this email to people you know who work in the field.

Posted by Xenbase on behalf of Grant Wheeler

Abstract deadline (for short talk selection):
15th December 2023

Early bird registration:
15th December 2023

*Note – the first 30 PhD students that register will only pay 300 euros for registration

For any request, feel free to contact:


Last Updated: 2023-11-15