The 2021 Frontiers in Myogenesis Conference was organized under the auspices of the Society for Muscle Biology. The elected organizers were Dr. Elizabeth Chen, Professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas USA, SMB President; Dr. Rita Perlingeiro, Professor at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA, SMB Treasurer; Dr. Francesco Saverio Tedesco, Professor at University College London and the Francis Crick Institute in London, UK, SMB Secretary, together with the fantastic support of SMB Executive Officer Dr. Alessandra Sacco, Professor at the Sanford Burnham Medical Discovery Institute, San Diego, California, USA.
The Conference was held at the Los Suenos Marriott in Herradura, Costa Rica, on November 15-19th 2021. The Conference adopted an hybrid format (in person and virtual).
Picture legend: From left to right: Francesco Saverio Tedesco (University of College London, SMB Secretary), Alessandra Sacco (SMB Executive Officer), Rita Perlingeiro (University of Minnesota, SMB Treasurer), Elizabeth Chen (UT Southwestern Medical Center, SMB President).
Sponsored by the International Society for Differentiation (ISD):
Dr. Elizabeth Sefton, postdoctoral trainee at University of Utah. USA, for her talk entitled “Development of the mammalian diaphragm and the origin of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias (CDH)”;
Allison Kann, PhD student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA, for her talk entitled“Rho/ROCK-mediated mechanotransduction drives activation of muscle stem cells”.
Sponsored by the Lymn Foundation, for work on the generation of myogenic progenitors from induced pluripotent stem cells:
Dr. Valentina Lionello, postdoctoral trainee at University College of London, UK, for her talk entitled “Modelling muscle disorders with myonuclear defects using advanced human skeletal muscle models”;
Dr. Carolina Ortiz Cordero, postdoctoral trainee at University of Minnesota, USA, for her talk entitled “Defective autophagy and increased apoptosis contribute toward the pathogenesis of FKRP-associated muscular dystrophies”.
1st Place: Dr. Joana Lima, postdoctoral trainee at INSERM, France, for her poster presentation entitled “HIRA stabilizes skeletal muscle lineage identity”.
2nd Place: Dr. Sajedah Hindi, research fellow at Cincinnai Children’s Hospital Medical Center, USA, for her poster presentation entitled “Myomaker and Myomerger confer tropism of membranes to skeletal muscle”.
3rd Place: Dr. Chiara Nicoletti, postdoctoral trainee at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, USA, for her poster presentation entitled “Reshaping cell identity: insights into a master Transcription Factor and insulator interplay during myogenic conversion”
Honorable Mention for Gifted Story-Teller: Alexie Larson, PhD student at University of Minnesota, USA, for her poster presentation entitled “Estradiol influences cell cycle progression of muscle satellite cells”.
Honorable Mention for Clear and Vivid Written Communication: Dr. Shravan Girada, postdoctoral trainee at University of California San Diego, USA, for his poster presentation entitled “Role for class II PI3-Kinase in T-tubule Remodeling”.
Cedomir Stamenkovic, PhD student at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, USA, for his presentation entitled ”Expansion of human iPSCs-derived muscle progenitor cells in vitro by inhibition of the JAK2/STAT3 pathway”.
Dr. Luca Caputo, postdoctoral trainee at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, USA, for his presentation entitled “Alterations of regulatory chromatin interactions leading to aberrant patterns of gene expression in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”.