The Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), a BIST centre, and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) are organizing a conference that will focus on how engineering multicellular living systems is boosting our understanding of tissue and organ function, with applications in disease modelling, drug screening, and tissue engineering.
Recent breakthroughs in stem cell biology, organ-on-chip assays, 3-D bioprinting, and cell mechanobiology have revolutionized our ability to design and assemble multicellular living systems, from organoids to embryos. Along this theme, the conference will take place at the the La Pedrera Auditorium, one of Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces in Barcelona from February 10th-12th, 2020. About 150 researchers are expected to come together, including stem cell biologists, systems biologists, physicists and engineers.
Speakers include international and local experts including: Roger D. Kamm (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), Arthur Lander (University of California, Irvine, USA), Pulin Li (Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA), Wendell Lim (University of California, San Francisco, USA), Matthias Lütolf (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland), Alfonso Martínez Arias (University of Cambridge, UK), Núria Montserrat (Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Spain), Ryuji Morizane (Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA), Josef Penninger (University of British Columbia, Canada), among others.
The full list of speakers can be viewed here.
The conference will be broken up into various session topics including:
• Organoids to engineer tissues
• Cell and tissue mechanics
• Self-organisation of tissues
• Engineering the embryo
• In vitro vascular systems
• Organ on chip
• Modelling tissue organisation
November 1, 2019 – Abstract submission
November 15, 2019 – Notification of abstract acceptance (talk or poster)
December 15, 2019 – Early registration deadline
January 15, 2020 – Late registration deadline