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Find public slides, webcasts and posters from the Community Forum here!

News & Events

Summary and Public Materials from the 2024 FaceBase Forum (18 June 2024)

The 2024 FaceBase Annual Community Forum, held on May 7 & 8 at the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, highlighted the strategic alignment between FaceBase and NIDCR data management and sharing strategies, celebrated significant achievements in data diversity, and outlined plans to facilitate the reuse of scientific data, including electronic health records (EHR). The Forum showcased impactful case studies on cleft lip/palate and craniosynostosis, emphasized ethical data sharing practices, and explored the benefits of data reuse and collaborations.

This gathering was a truly inspiring event that sparked ideas and dialogue and helped us learn more and more about this community we serve. Below are links to the publicly available slides and webcasts for the presentations, panels and posters. This year, we are also sharing a Summary Report that tells the story of this special event:

Below is a list of the Poster Session presenters along with links to their posters and abstracts where available:

Characterization of the craniosynostosis phenotype in Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
(Unavailable for preview)
Bikash Lamichhane
FaceBase: Data Sharing Community for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research
Poster PDF
Alejandro Bugacov
University of Southern California
Investigation of Mesenchymal Lineage Diversification During Embryonic Palatal Development
(Unavailable for preview)
Jifan Feng
University of Southern California
P53-PDGF Signaling Regulates Vasculatures To Control The Heterogeneity Of MSCs
Poster PDF
Tingwei Guo
University of Southern California
Spatial Multiomics Reveal Pax9-dependent Wnt Signaling Fine Tunes Palatal Osteogenesis
Poster PDF
Jeremie Oliver Piña
Training Underrepresented Students on Craniofacial Research at USC
Poster PDF
Thach-Vu Ho
University of Southern California

We thank all those who participated and made this event so special!

Photos from the FaceBase Forum

FaceBase posters at Ostrow School of Dentistry Research Day (08 April 2024)

Cover of the 2024 edition of The Explorer

Congratulations to the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry’s 2024 Research Day which happened on April 3rd! Ostrow, part of the University of Southern California, is No. 3 on the list of top-funded U.S. dental institutions by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). In addition to showcasing groundbreaking research from Ostrow students, FaceBase was spotlighted in two posters presented at this special annual event. You can find the abstracts, in addition to high quality profiles and interviews, in their yearly publication The Explorer:

View 2024’s edition of the Explorer.

The following FaceBase posters were presented (see page 59):

Poster 51 - FaceBase 3: Craniofacial Development and Dysmorphol- ogy Data Management and Integration Authors: Ishmael Howard, Thach-Vu Ho, Robert Schuler, Cristina Williams, Bridget Sam- uels, Yuan Yuan, Joseph Hacia, Yang Chai, and Carl Kesselman

Poster 54 - Training Students on Craniofacial Development Using FaceBase MicroCT Datasets Authors: Thach-Vu Ho, Janet Sanchez

Registration is open for the FaceBase Forum on Tues & Wed, May 7 & 8! (27 March 2024)

Flyer for the 2024 FaceBase Annual Meeting

The FaceBase Hub is thrilled to announce that registration is open for the 4th Annual FaceBase Community Forum right on the NIH campus!

This year, we’ve expanded our event to one-and-a-half days of enriching discussions, groundbreaking advancements, and invaluable networking opportunities in Bethesda, MD. FaceBase is an NIDCR funded repository and it’s a primary repository for dental, oral, and craniofacial data.

Who should attend? This meeting is relevant for investigators, clinicians and trainees who conduct foundational, translational, and clinical research of dental, oral, craniofacial, as well as anatomically and biologically relevant diseases and conditions.

Visit our event page for more details about the exciting happenings at this year’s FaceBase Community Forum and to register today!

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Join us at NIDCR's FaceBase Symposium at IADR/AADOCR/CADR on March 14th (06 March 2024)

In honor of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research’s (NIDCR) milestone 75th anniversary, we invite you to attend an enlightening symposium at the 2024 General Session of the IADR/AADOCR/CADR in New Orleans, LA.

NIDCR75: Facilitating Multimodal Data-Driven Translational Research via FaceBase

When? March 14, 2024 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CT
Where? Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 294, New Orleans, LA

Overview Data-intensive research driven by machine learning and other data science methods have the potential to transform the field of dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) research through new discoveries and better understanding of existing paradigms, that can fill in knowledge gaps across the translational continuum. As research into DOC diseases and conditions increasingly generate large volumes of data of different types, the need for findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) data and supporting infrastructure become even more apparent. In anticipation and preparation for this future powered by data-driven research, NIDCR established the FaceBase repository as a data hub for dental, oral, and craniofacial disease research. Over the years, FaceBase has grown to become a data repository compliant with the FAIR and TRUST principles that facilitates translational research in DOC and related diseases and conditions from both humans and model organisms.

In furtherance of the goal of facilitating translational research to expedite the delivery of data-driven solutions to DOC health, this symposium session will highlight studies with current and future data shared via FaceBase. The featured presentations will illustrate the power of integration of data with computational methods to make these connections along the translational continuum. This session will also include discussion on ways the data shared via FaceBase can be leveraged to drive new DOC research directions.


Lu Wang

Lu Wang, Ph.D.
Director, Translational Genetics & Genomics Program, NIH NIDCR

Jason Wan

Jason Wan, Ph.D.
Director, Mineralized Tissue Physiology Program, NIH NIDCR

Session Chairs:

Noffisat Oki

Noffisat Oki, Ph.D.
Director of the Data Science, Computational Biology, & Bioinformatics Program, NIDCR

Axel Visel

Axel Visel, Ph.D.
Deputy of Science Programs, DOE Joint Genome Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


Junichi Iwata

Data-Driven Approaches for Identification of Genetic and Epigenetic Factors Related to Craniofacial Birth Defects

Junichi Iwata, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Professor, The University of Texas School of Dentistry

Justin Cotney

Transcriptional and Chromatin Dynamics During Craniofacial Development Reveal Disease Related Genes and Loci

Justin Cotney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Genetics and Genome Sciences, UConn Health

Ross Whitaker

An Image-Based, Deep-Phenotyping Analysis Toolset, Repository, and Online Clinician Interface for Craniosynostosis

Ross Whitaker, Ph.D.
Professor, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, University of Utah

Christy McKinney

Opportunities for Training Data Scientists in Ghana: FaceBase and Beyond

Christy McKinney, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, School of Dentistry, University of Washington

Connect with FaceBase at the IADR/AADOCR/CADR General Session (Booth #109)! (29 February 2024)

Are you headed to the IADR/AADOCR/CADR General Session in the vibrant city of New Orleans? We are excited to announce that FaceBase will be part of this year’s Exhibit Hall, and we invite you to join us. Our team is looking forward to meeting attendees from all corners of the dental, oral, and craniofacial (DOC) community!

Exhibit Details:

  • Location: Booth #109, Exhibit Hall, IADR/AADOCR/CADR General Session, New Orleans
  • Dates: Thursday, March 14 to Saturday, March 16
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily

At the FaceBase booth, you will have the unique opportunity to dive into the world of data with us.

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Personalized Data Demonstrations: Join us for personal data demos. We will guide you through our datasets, showcasing how they can be leveraged in your research or clinical practice to drive forward the understanding and treatment of dental, oral, and craniofacial conditions.
  • Interactive Poster Sessions: View our posters to learn about the cutting-edge research and data produced within the FaceBase community. Engage with our team to discuss the science, methodology, and impact of our work.
  • Free Stuff: Don’t miss out on some fun takeaways! Available while supplies last, our merch is a great way to remember your visit to our booth and the insights gained.

The IADR/AADOCR/CADR General Session is a cornerstone event for the dental, oral, and craniofacial research community, providing a platform for knowledge exchange, networking, and collaboration. FaceBase is proud to contribute to this vibrant community, and we look forward to discussing how our data and resources can support your work.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with us and explore how FaceBase can enhance your research and clinical applications. We look forward to welcoming you at Booth #109 and sharing our passion for advancing the field together.

See you in New Orleans!