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2014 Important Dates

Housing Registration Opens January 15
Abstract Submission Opens April 9
Conference Registration Opens April 11
Deadline for Early (Discounted) Conference Registration May 22
Abstract Submission Deadline June 10
Conference Registration  & Housing Deadline July 24
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Program Book





Please join us for the 15th International Xenopus Conference August 24-28, 2014

in Pacific Grove, California



Major advances in our understanding of vertebrate development, cell biology, signal transduction, and neurobiology have come from studies in Xenopus, and this model is now at the forefront of efforts in vertebrate systems biology. The International Xenopus Conference has been held biennially since 1984, and is the premier forum for information exchange and interaction amongst researchers using this model organism for biomedical research.  The meeting provides outstanding opportunities for interaction, with nearly 300 platform and poster talks by students, postdocs, and faculty, plus roundtable career development forums.  This meeting also provides an ideal opportunity to learn about the latest advances in genomics and new methodologies that are accelerating research with the Xenopus system. The last meeting (the 14th) was held in Giens, France in September 2012 and was attended by over 350 researchers from around the world.

The largest gathering of its kind, over 90 talks and 200 poster presentations will be selected from YOUR submitted abstracts.  There will be numerous opportunities for lectures from postdocs and students. 


Keynote Lecture


Rebecca Heald  - Investigating Mechanisms of Cell Division and Size Control Using Xenopus



Special Lectures


John Gurdon - Past, Present and Possible Future of Xenopus Research


Marc Kirschner - How Do We Get an Explanation in Biology
Invited Speakers


Enrique Amaya, University of Manchester

Ruchi Bajpai, University of Southern California

Bill Bement, University of Wisconsin

Mike Blower, Harvard Medical School

Cliff Brangwynne, Princeton University

Josh Brickman, The Danish Stem Cell Center DanStem

Ken Cho, University of California, Irvine

Hollis Cline, The Scripps Research Institute

Frank Conlon, University of North Carolina

Lance Davidson, University of Pittsburgh

Eddy DeRobertis, University of California, Los Angeles

Amanda Dickinson, Virginia Commonwealth University

Carmen Domingo, San Francisco State University

Karel Dorey, University of Manchester

Jim Ferrell, Stanford University

Jenny Gallop, University of Cambridge

Jay Gatlin, University of Wyoming

Jean Gautier, Columbia University

Xi He, Harvard University

Ralf Hofmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Jubin Kashef, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Mustafa Khokha, Yale University

Mary Lou King, University of Miami

Laurent Kodjabachian, Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille (IBDM)

Branko Lantinkic, Cardiff University

Dan Levy, University of Wyoming

Soeren Lienkamp, University of Freiburg

Karen Liu, King’s College

Laura Ann Lowery, Boston College

Ann Miller, University of Michigan

Brian Mitchell, Northwestern University

Anne-Helene Monsoro-Burq, Institute Curie

Kim Mowry, Brown University

Shuyi Nie, University of Georgia

Christof Niehrs, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)

Nancy Papolopulu, University of Manchester

Sabine Petry, Princeton University

Susannah Rankin, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Bruno Reversade, Institute of Medical Biology, A* Singapore

Dan Rokhsar, University of California, Berkeley

Hazel Sive, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Elena Silva Casey, Georgetown University

Francesca Spagnoli, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)

Elly Tanaka, Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden

Gert Veenstra, Radboud University Nijmegen

Monica Vetter, University of Utah

Sara Woolner, University of Manchester 

Phil Zegerman, University of Cambridge

Aaron Zorn, Cincinatti Children’s



Topics covered will include:

  • Cell Biology

  • Developmental Biology

  • Human Disease Modeling

  • Genetics and Genomics

  • Proteomics

  • Neurobiology

  • Behavior

In addition to the scientific sessions, there will also be roundtable discussions focused on:

  • Women in science

  • Career advice for students and postdocs

  • Career advice for new Investigators

Abstract Submission Opens April 9, 2014



Carole LaBonne, Northwestern University
John Wallingford, University of Texas at Austin


Organizing Committee:

Julie Baker, Stanford University

Carmen Domingo, San Francisco State University

Chris Field, Harvard Medical School

Anna Philpott, University of Cambridge