32nd BioCity Symposium: Sculpting Tissues – cells, matrix and forces

    The 32nd BioCity Symposium will explore the mechanisms regulating tissue architecture and homeostasis in biological organisms. This complex and dynamic “sculpting” process is carefully coordinated from the very beginning of life. Cells build tissues by proliferating, migrating, altering phenotype and generating a modifiable extracellular matrix (ECM).

    In turn, the ECM’s biochemical and biomechanical properties determine cell behaviour and cell-cell crosstalk to control gene expression and cell state and the response to injury and insult (tissue repair, fibrosis, inflammation, cancer) and therapeutic targeting. Next year’s BioCity Symposium will focus on this reciprocal interplay between cells and their microenvironment to build healthy tissues, and how dysregulation ultimately leads to disease.


    Confirmed speakers

    Christopher Chen, The Biological Design Center; Boston University; Harvard University, USA

    Miki Ebisuya, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Barcelona, Spain

    Peter Friedl, Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands

    Edouard Hannezo, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria

    Kairbaan Hodivala-Dilke, Barts Cancer Institute, Queen Mary University of London, UK

    Daniel Krueger, Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands

    Rachel Lennon, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, UK

    Alexandra Naba, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

    Michael Sixt, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria

    Fiona Watt, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), Germany


    Organizing committee

    Jyrki Heino
    Johanna Ivaska (organizing committee chair)
    Guillaume Jacquemet
    Veli-Matti Kähäri
    Emilia Peuhu
    Cecilia Sahlgren