The Society for Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology (SCGDB) held its 44th Annual Meeting in a virtual format on October 18–19, 2021. The SCGDB meeting included presentation of the SCGDB Distinguished Scientists in Craniofacial Research Awards to Drs. Paul Trainor and Jeff Bush and four scientific sessions on the genomics of craniofacial development, craniofacial morphogenesis and regeneration, translational craniofacial biology and signaling during craniofacial development. The meeting also included workshops on professional development for faculty and trainees, National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Craniofacial and Dental Research funding and usage of Genomics Software, as well as two poster sessions. An exhibitor booth run by FaceBase was also present to facilitate the upload and download of datasets relevant to the craniofacial community. Over 200 attendees from 12 countries and 23 states, representing over 80 different scientific institutions, participated. This diverse group of scientists included cell biologists, developmental biologists, and clinical geneticists. Although the continuing COVID-19 pandemic forced a virtual meeting format for a second year in a row, the meeting platform provided ample opportunities for participant interactions and discussions, thus strengthening the community.
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