EMBO Conference Series: Morphogenesis and Dynamics of Multicellular Systems

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EMBO Conference Series: Morphogenesis and Dynamics of Multicellular Systems

EMBO Conference Series on Morphogenesis and Dynamics of Multicellular Systems
Location and Date: EMBL Heidelberg, Germany, 2 -6 October 2009
Website & Registration: http://www.embl.de/conferences/morphogenesis/2009
Aims:
The problem of how cells become organized into three-dimensional tissues is one of the most important topics in biological research. Precisely coordinated changes in cellular behavior determine the shape and size of organs forming during embryogenesis. In adult organisms, dynamic changes in tissue organization underlie wound healing and regeneration, while a loss thereof is a hallmark of cancer. Therefore, studies addressing tissue dynamics in embryos or cultured multicellular systems will have a great impact on our understanding of medically important processes.
Topics:
The conference will deal with seven topics over a period of 4 days: 1. Cell Surface Mechanics 2. Collective Migration 3. Organ Morphogenesis 4. Cancer as a Morphogenetic Process 5. Increasing and Decreasing Order within Tissues 6. New Methodologies for Addressing Tissue Dynamics (+Panel Discussion). 7. Coupling Morphogenetic Domains across the Developing Embryo (+Panel Discussion). The last two topics will include a panel discussion to allow sufficient opportunity to explore future ideas.
Invited Speakers:
Markus Affolter , Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland
Suzanne Eaton, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics , Germany
Andrew Ewald , Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Peter Friedl, Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands
Holger Gerhardt, Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, United Kingdom
Morteza Gharib, California Institute of Technology, USA
Carl-Philipp Heisenberg, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany
Lars Hufnagel, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Michel Labouesse, Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, France
Thomas Lecuit, IBDML - Development Biology Institute of Marseille Luminy, France
Maria Leptin, University of Cologne , Germany
Daniel Louvard, Institut Curie, France
Andrea McClatchey, MGH/Harvard Medical School, USA
Denise Montell, Johns Hopkins University/The Department of Biological Chemistry, USA
Keith Mostov , UCSF, School of Medicine , USA
Ed Munro, University of Washington, USA
Ichiro Nishii, Riken , Japan
Pernille Rorth, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory , Singapore
Erik Sahai, Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, United Kingdom
Ralf Schnabel, TU Braunschweig Developmental Genetics, Germany
Lila Solnica-Krezel , Vanderbilt University, USA
Angelike Stathopoulos, California Institute of Technology, USA
Ernst Stelzer , EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
John Wallingford , University of Texas at Austin, USA
Cornelius Weijer, WellcomeTrust Biocentre, University of Dundee, United Kingdom
Jochen Wittbrodt, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany
Thorsten Wohland, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Jennifer Zallen, Sloan-Kettering Institute, USA