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Development, Disease, and Regeneration of Tissues in the Dental-Craniofacial Complex

Call for Papers

Development of the multifaceted structures of the craniofacial and dentoalveolar complexes relies on numerous biological processes, including neural crest cell migration, epithelial-mesenchymal interactions, cell differentiation of several distinct cell populations, extracellular matrix elaboration and mineralization, and establishment of hard and soft tissue interfaces, that must be maintained for proper growth and function. The past decade has seen exciting and rapid progress in identification of stem cells, elucidation of key signaling pathways, and renewed attempts at dental-craniofacial tissue engineering; however, many aspects of the underlying biology remain poorly understood. For this special issue to focus on dental-craniofacial science, we invite authors to submit original papers. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Signaling pathways in craniofacial morphogenesis and differentiation
  • Role of extracellular matrices in craniofacial tissues
  • Development of regenerative strategies to treat acquired and genetic dental and craniofacial diseases
  • Correlations of clinical reports and scientific foundation in dental diseases and dental aspects of syndromic conditions
  • Translational work stressing “bench-to-bedside” concepts with relevance to guiding clinical practice

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 11 January 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 5 April 2013
Publication DateFriday, 31 May 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Brian L. Foster, National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA

Guest Editors

  • Yong-Hee P. Chun, Department of Periodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA
  • Erica L. Scheller, Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • Zhao Lin, Department of Periodontology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
  • Chad M. Novince, Department of Periodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Avina Paranjpe, Department of Endodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA