Craniosynostosis Network

Craniosynostosis Network

Craniosynostosis Network is an organized and synergistic research program to understand the genetic basis and developmental mechanism of craniosynostosis.

The objective of Craniosynostosis Network is to identify and functionally validate genes and biological pathways contributing to common forms of cNSC and to the related continuum of craniofacial phenotypes.

Aim: To increase our understanding of the genetic basis and developmental dynamics of craniosynostosis phenotypes through a collaborative investigation of cell function in mouse models and in humans with these conditions, and discovery of new genetic variants causative for coronal craniosynostosis. This will be accomplished through collaborative investigation of the aims of three Projects and two Cores:

Project I: From Skull Shape to Cell Activity in Coronal Craniosynostosis

Project II: Genomic Approaches to Coronal Nonsyndromic Craniosynostosis

Project III: Systems Biology of Bone in Coronal Nonsyndromic Craniosynostosis

Core A: Administrative Core

Core B: Molecular/Analytic Core


2016_Flaherty_Fig3Figure: 3D reconstructions of CT images of a neonatal human cranium (a and b) and newborn mouse cranium (c and d) illustrating corresponding cranial bones and sutures of the two species. Courtesy: Flaherty et al (2016)