Special Issue "Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology "

A special issue of Journal of Developmental Biology (ISSN 2221-3759).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Sally A. Moody Website E-Mail
Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC, USA
Interests: neural fate specification; Craniofacial development; cranial sensory placodes; Six1; neural gene regulatory networks

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The majority of human birth defects include craniofacial dysmorphologies. Key to their prevention, early detection and clinical amelioration is research into the underlying genetic causes, as well as an understanding of the normal developmental processes that give rise to the large variety of craniofacial structures. Using human sequencing data and several animal model systems, significant progress is being made into the fundamental developmental genetics and morphogenesis of these tissues. This Special Issue of the Journal of Developmental Biology will provide an overview of the current standing of basic and clinical research in craniofacial genetics and developmental biology, highlighting directions for future craniofacial research and clinical translation. Contributions can be reviews, as well as research papers.

Prof. Sally Moody
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Cranial neural crest
  • Cranial sensory placodes
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Craniofacial syndromes
  • Mandible
  • Maxilla
  • Teeth
  • Calvarium
  • Auditory-vestibular

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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