Breakfast Club Seminar

Location: 
Petit Institute Biotechnology Building, Room 1128
Body: 

"Regenerative Approaches to Treat Pediatric Maxillary Bone Deficiency"

Steven L. Goudy, M.D.
Associate Professor
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Director, Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

CLINICAL FOCUS

While I provide comprehensive and compassionate care to all of my patients, I have a particular interest in treating development and neoplastic concerns of the head and neck region. Such craniofacial development abnormalities as cleft lip and palate, Pierre Robin Sequence, and velopharyngeal insufficiency are also a strong focus of my practice. Multidisciplinary collaboration is an important mechanism in my treatment approach, an example being my participation in teams of diverse specialists that evaluate and treat patients with vascular and neonplastic tumors of the head and neck region.

RESEARCH FOCUS

Cleft and craniofacial disorders are my primary clinical and basic research interests. Even though the surgical repair of cleft lip and palate is highly effective, patients will continue to be faced with ongoing medical, dental, and surgical care. Surgical outcomes can be variable, and the patient's facial growth and development is primarily the result of their genetic composition. Therefore, much of my research focuses on the problems that can develop during the years that follow surgery.

Underdevelopment of the upper jaw is one of the main sequelae of cleft palate repair and causes maxillary hypoplasia. To uncover why this happens, I have assembled a team of collaborators that includes Drs. Nick Willett (Emory Department of Orthopedics), Gregory Gibson (Center for Integrative Genomics, Georgia Institute of Technology), and Michael Davis (Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University), all of whom are experts in the fields of bone and vascular biology. Our goal is to determine how cell autonomous and non-cell autonomous Jagged1 signaling during maxillary development contributes to final maxillary formation.

I worked closely with Dr. Joey Barnett of the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt while I was there, and he will continue to be my senior advisor as I evaluate the integration of Jagged1 and TgfßR3 signaling during maxillary mesenchymal cell differentiation and ossification.

With assistance from Drs. Scott Boden (Emory Department of Orthopedics), Roberto Pacifici (Emory Department of Medicine), and Bob Taylor (Emory Department of Medicine), I am examining how intramembranous ossification of the maxillary and palatine bones contributes to later maxillary morphology. Dr. Greg Gibson (Director of the Center for Integrative Genomics, Georgia Tech) will help plan, execute, and analyze the RNA-seq data to identify the targets of Jagged1 signaling. We have already published our observations involving the bony phenotype and our conclusion that Wnt1-Cre;Jagged1 F/F mice are a viable model of post-natal maxillary hypoplasia. Once we have a wider understanding of maxillary development, we plan on developing targeted therapies for future in vitro and in vivo correction of maxillary hypoplasia in the Jag1CKO mice.

Contact: 

Colly Mitchell
Events Manager

Summary: 
<p>The Petit Institute Breakfast Club seminar series was started with the spirit of the Institute's interdisciplinary mission in mind and started to feature local Petit Institute faculty member's research in a seminar format. Faculty are often asked to speak at other universities and conferences, but rarely present at their home institution, this seminar series is an attempt to close that gap. The Petit Institute Breakfast Club is open to anyone in the bio-community.</p>