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Mechanics and Growth of Tissues: From Development to Cancer (5711)

January 13, 2014 – January 16, 2014

Location: Paris, France

Photo Credits: Anderson Tours, The Telegraph

Organizers: Jean-Francois Joanny , Institute Curie
                        Yohanns Bellaiche, Institute Curie
                        Frank Julicher, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden
                        Susan Eaton, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden


The past years have shown that physical biomechanical and biochemical concepts play an increasing role in understanding complex phenomena governing the dynamic organization of cells in healthy and pathological tissues The behavior of a cell is not an intrinsic property: in a tissue, it strongly depends on its interactions with neighboring cells and of the microenvironment of the cells. The properties of tissues often result from a collective behavior of the cells which self-organize and communicate via dierent cellular signaling systems. When the physiological conditions vary, drastic changes of behaviors are observed that can be described in terms of bifurcations between dierent states of the tissue or in terms of dynamic phase transitions, a typical example is the epithelial-mesenchymal transition. It is thus essential to nd the right level of description of the collective cell behavior for understanding tissue and organ development, tissue morphogenesis and cancer progression.

Invited Speakers
Laura Johnston, Columbia University USA
Ben Simons, Cambridge University UK
Boris Shraiman, KITP Santa Barbara USA
Enrico Coen, John Inns Center, Norwich UK
Bob Goldstein, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill USA
Jenifer Zallen, Sloan-Kettering Institute USA
Thomas Lecuit, IBDM Marseille France
J. Rosenblatt, University of Utah USA
Shigenu Kondo, University of Osaka Japan
David Nelson, Harvard University USA
Uri Alon, Weizmann Institute Israel
Martin Howard, John Innes Center, Norwich UK
Olivier Pourquie, IGBMC Strasbourg France
Daniel Needleman, Harvard University USA
Tim Michison, Harvard University USA (to be confirmed)
Orion Weiner, UCSF USA
Nadine Pereyras, INAF Gif-sur-Yvette France
Matthieu Piel, Institut Curie France
Jacques Prost, Institut Curie France
Christian Dahman, MPICBG Dresden Germany
Jochen Guck, Biotech TU Dresden Germany


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