The application period opens today until the 8th May 2019, where you can submint an abstract if you are interested in giving a short talk during the summer school.
The application does not guarantee acceptance to the Summer School due to the limited number of participants, an email with the resolution of the applicaton process will be sent on June 15th 2019.
The summer school will be held in La Cerdanya at the Eco-Resort located in Prullans in the Catalan Pyrenees.
The participation fee is 300€ (taxes not included) and includes accomodation in shared double room (from 17th-20th September 2019), full-board, workshops and conferences, leisure activities and shuttle bus from Barcelona to the venue.
consortium, led by several research institutions across Europe, is launching a
Summer School that will be taking place between 17-20 of September 2019 at the
Eco Resort in La Cerdanya. The aim of the summer school is to provide training
on mechanobiology, and specifically its application to breast cancer.
This school will include lectures as well as practical workshops in different
techniques and disciplines, ranging from modelling to biomechanics to cancer
There will be scientific sessions in the morning, mixing 6
keynote speakers with 18 short talks selected from abstract submissions by
junior scientists attending the school. In the afternoon, there will be 2-3-hour
practical workshops, given by scientists from the MECHANO·CONTROL consortium.
The course will also include leisure activities.
to the Summer School is open to all students, post-docs, and professionals
interested, although priority will be given to junior scientists (up to
will be launching the Mechanobiology of Cancer Summer School 2019 website,
where you will find more information about the activities that will be held
during the summer school, information on how to register, and the deadlines
both for the registration and abstract submission.
confirmed speakers who will attend the summer school are:
Marija Plodinec (University Hospital Basel)
Andrew Ewald (Johns Hopkins University School of
Peter Friedl (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Guillaume Salbreux (Francis Crick Institute)
Christina Scheel (Institute of Stem Cell Research,
Helmholtz Center Munich)
Buzz Baum (Medical Research Council
Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology at UCL)
Also, all MECHANO·CONTROL consortium members will be attending the summer school and will be giving some of the workshops: Aránzazu del Campo (Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien, INM), Sergi Garcia-Manyes (King’s College London, KCL), Pere Roca-Cusachs and Xavier Trepat (Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, IBEC), Patrick Derksen and Johan de Rooij (University Medical Center Utrecht, UMCU), Marino Arroyo (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC) and the companies NovioCell and Mind the Byte.
list of workshop topics:
of tuneable gels
TheMECHANO·CONTROL project is focused on the mechanical control of biological function.Mechanical forces transmitted through specific molecular bonds drive biological function, and their understanding and control holds an uncharted potential in oncology, regenerative medicine and biomaterial design.
MECHANO·CONTROL proposes to address
this challenge by building an interdisciplinary research community with the aim
of understanding and controlling cellular mechanics from the molecular to the
organism scale. At all stages and scales of the project, it will integrate
experimental data with multi-scale computational modelling to establish the
rules driving biological response to mechanics and adhesion. With this
approach, it aims to explore novel therapeutic approaches beyond the current
paradigm in breast cancer treatment. If the partners can understand cancer
biomechanics from the single molecule to the whole organ scale, they’ll be able
to control mechanical forces to restore healthy cell behaviour and inhibit
Beyond breast cancer, the general principles targeted with this technology will have high applicability in oncology, regenerative medicine, biomaterials and many other biological processes and diseases.
MECHANO·CONTROL is a project funded
by the European Commission, within the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)