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Signal Rewiring and Addiction in Cancer

19 set. 11
- 21 set. 11

Angel R. Nebreda (IRB Barcelona) and Tony Hunter (The Salk Institute, USA) Barcelona, Spain. 19-21 September, 2011



Signaling pathways are often rewired during the process of malignant cell transformation to perform new functions that contribute to the uncontrolled proliferation and invasive capacity of cancer cells. Interestingly, signal rewiring is sometimes associated with another aspect of cancer cell biology termed addiction, in which cancer cells become dependent on particular signaling pathways for viability and/or proliferation. Of note, proteins that perform key functions in cancer cell homeostasis are not necessarily targeted by the original mutations responsible for cell transformation. The molecular mechanisms underlying signal rewiring and addiction in tumor cells are being actively investigated. It is likely that a better understanding of these processes will lead to the development of novel therapeutic strategies.

This conference brings together key experts in the fields of signal transduction and oncology to discuss current ideas and future avenues of research on the logic of signaling networks in cancer cells. The number of participants will be kept to a minimum to facilitate ample discussion and interactions in a relaxing atmosphere.

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Registration deadline: July 15, 2011

There is no registration fee for this conference, but the number of participants is limited.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts, a number of which will be selected for short talk and poster presentations. Abstracts should include a title, authors, affiliations, summary (max 250 words) and references (max 3).


The BARCELONA BIOMED CONFERENCE on Signal rewiring and addiction in cancer will be hosted by the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) in the heart of downtown Barcelona. Talks will take place in the Sala Prat de Riba.

Institut d'Estudis Catalans
C. del Carme, 47
08001 Barcelona

Tel +34 932 701 620
Fax +34 932 701 180


How to reach the IEC:

From Barcelona El Prat airport:

Via Taxi
A taxi from the airport to the IEC should take about 25 minutes and cost around 25-30 euros depending on traffic and luggage.

Via Train
The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gracia station, in about 25 mins and costs 2.80 Euros for a single ticket. Change here for the Green Line metro to Liceu. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the metro station (see map).

Via Bus
A transfer service called "Aerobus" will also take you from the airport to Plaça Catalunya and costs 4.25 Euros. The journey time is around 30 minutes. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

From Girona airport:

The "Barcelona bus" runs a transfer service between Girona Airport and Barcelona's city centre, scheduled to coincide with Ryan Air flights. The bus stops right outside the airport and will take you to Estacio d'Autobusos Barcelona Nord (Barcelona's main bus terminal), with a journey time of about 1 hr 10 min. The nearest Metro stop to the bus station is Arc De Triomf, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the bus station (exit the bus station Sortida Nàpols). Take the Red Line (L1) to Plaça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

From Sants train station:

Transfer to the metro Red Line (L1), and get off at laça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

If you are arriving locally:

  • metro Metro
    Plaça Catalunya (lines 1 and 3)
    Liceu (line 3)
  • ffcc FGC
    Plaça Catalunya (train from Sarrià)
  • renfe Renfe
    Plaça Catalunya
  • bus Buses
    41, 55, 141 (Plaça Catalunya stop)
    14, 18, 59, 91 (Rambla stop)

Barcelona Metropolitan Transport webiste (with metro and bus maps)


Speakers will be lodged at the Hotel Catalonia Ramblas
c/ Pelayo, 28
08001 Barcelona
Telephone: +34 93 316 84 00
Fax: +34 93 316 84 01
e-mail: ramblas.comercialhoteles-catalonia.es

Other hotels
A list of additional hotels within walking distance of the IEC can be found at: http://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/hotels/hotelmaps/ramblas-hotel-barcelona.html (The IEC is located near the blue point 08/5 star). Rates will vary depending on choice of hotel and season. Please check with the hotel of your choice directly for the best offer.

Another possibility is the Residencia dels Investigadors (Investigators Residence Hall), which has an agreement with the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) and the Catalan Government. It is located just behind the IEC, and is available for short-term stays. Rates (valid from 01/10/08- 31/08/09) range between 51-68 euros for a single room, to 71-94 euros for a double room.

Residencia dels Investigadors
C/ Hospital, 64
08001 Barcelona
Telephone: +34 93 443 86 10
Fax: +34 93 442 82 02
e-mail: investigadorsresa.es

Participants registered for events in the Barcelona BioMed series should contact the hotels and residences directly to arrange bookings and payment.



  • Angel R. Nebreda, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Tony Hunter, Salk Institute (La Jolla, CA, USA)


  • Dario Alessi, University of Dundee (Dundee, UK)
  • Michael Comb, Cell Signaling (Danvers, MA, USA)
  • Roger Davis, University of Massachusetts Medical School (Worcester, MA, USA)
  • Julian Downward, Cancer Research UK London Research Institute (London, UK)
  • Margaret Frame, Edinburgh Cancer Research Center (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)
  • Silvia Giordano, University of Turin Medical School (Turin, Italy)
  • Scott Lowe, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (NY, USA)
  • Brendan D. Manning, Harvard University (Boston, MA, USA)
  • Chris Marshall, The Institute of Cancer Research (London,UK)
  • Joan Massagué, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NY, USA)
  • Gordon Mills, MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX, USA)
  • Neal Rosen, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NY, USA)
  • Maria S. Soengas (CNIO, Madrid, Spain)
  • Laura Soucek (Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology, Barcelona,
  • Yosef Yarden, Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel)
  • Michael A. White, UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, TX, USA)