Vés al contingut

Translation control in cancer development and microenvironment interactions

17 oct. 22
- 19 oct. 22

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, and a problem that escalates in an aging population. Although significant progress has been made in understanding the genetic and epigenetic determinants of cancer, little attention has been paid to post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. The process of mRNA translation shapes the proteome and plays an essential role in the reprogramming of cancerous cells, holding the promise of novel anti-cancerous therapies. This conference will bring together basic experts working at the interphase of translation, cancer progression and microenvironment interactions, including basic research on post-transcriptional mechanisms, animal models and novel technologies, with the aim to provide a stimulating environment and illuminate discovery in this innovative field.



Conference organizers

Eduard Batlle

Dr. Raúl Méndez
IRB Barcelona/ ICREA
Barcelona, Spain

Alexandre David

Dr. Alexandre David
Montpellier, France

Fátima Gebauer

Dr. Fátima Gebauer
Barcelona, Spain

Georg Stoecklin

Dr. Georg Stoecklin
Heidelberg University & ZMBH
Mannheim, Germany


Organized in colaboration with:

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There is no registration fee for this conference, but the number of participants is limited, with a number of seats saved for IRB Barcelona alumni. Previous registration is required.

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

Dates importants



Monday, 17 October

8.30 Registration

9.00 Welcome by Dr. Francesc Posas (IRB Barcelona, Director) and organizers (Dr. Raúl Méndez, Dr. Alexandre David, Dr. Fátima Gebauer, Dr. Georg Stoecklin)


Session 1: Mechanisms of tumoral translational reprogramming

Chair: Dr. Raúl Méndez

9.15 Targeting translation in both tumor and stroma prevents metastatic progression

Dr. Nahum Sonenberg, Goodman Cancer Research Center, McGill University (Montreal, Qc, Canada)

9.50 DAP5/eIF3d directs alternative cap-dependent translation of mRNAs that program breast cancer tissue invasion, metastasis and resistance to anoikis

Dr. Robert J. Schneider, NYU School of Medicine (New York, NY, USA)

10.25 Short talk 1: When the non-coding codes: Mining the Microproteome for New Players in Cancer Cell Plasticity

Dr. Maria Abad, VHIO (Barcelona, Spain)


10.40-11.15 Coffee break and poster session


11.15 Mechanistic Insights into Translation Re-initiation

Dr. Aurelio Teleman, German Cancer Research Center- DKFZ (Heidelberg, Germany)

11.50 Translational buffering and codon bias in cancer

Dr. Luc Furic, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Melbourne, Australia)

12:25 Measuring translational control in dynamic systems: the p53 response as a test case

Dr. Georg Stoecklin, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University (Mannheim, Germany)

13.00 Short talk 2: RNA binding proteins modulate the splicing programs required for DNA damage detection and repair during B cell development

Dr. Manuel D. Diaz-Muñoz, Toulouse institute for infectious and inflammatory diseases (INFINITy), Inserm (Toulouse, France)


13.15-15.00 Lunch and poster session


Session 2: RBPomes in cancer

Chair: Dr. Alexandre David

15.00 Alterations in the RNA binding protein landscape are required for efficient growth of malignant pleural mesothelioma

Dr. Anne Willis, MRC Toxicology Unit (Leicester, UK)

15.35 RNA-binding proteins in cancer progression

Dr. Fátima Gebauer, CRG (Barcelona, Spain)


16.10-16.40 Coffee break and poster session


16.40 Posttranscriptional regulation of the cancer genome & its therapeutic implications

Dr. Davide Ruggero, University of California San Francisco (San Francisco, CA, USA)

17.15 Short talk 3: tRNA-dependent translation reprogramming in resistant melanoma

Dr. Najla El-Hachem, GIGA Institute (Uliege, Belgium)

17.30 Short talk 4: Differential Initiator Ternary Complex availability drives distinct translational programs

Dr. Chiara Giacomelli, CRUK Beatson Institute (Glasgow, UK)

17.45 Short talk 5: Translatome-based classification reveals metabolic dependencies of a new tumor subtype of pancreatic cancer

Dr. Yvan Martineau, Cancer Research Center of Toulouse–Inserm (Toulouse, France)


18.00 End of session



Tuesday, 18 October

Session 3: Translational control in the tumoral niche

Chair: Dr. Fatima Gebauer

9.00 A Rapid Translational Immune Response Program in CD8 T Lymphocytes

Dr. Hans-Guido Wendel, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY, USA)

9.35 Eif4a2 is essential in B cells for the germinal centre response and humoral immunity

Dr. Martin Turner, Babraham Institute (Cambridge, UK)

10.10 Short talk 6: Translational landscape of MAPK signaling in high-grade serous ovarian cancers

Dr. Virginie Mieulet, Toulouse Institute for Infectious and Inflammatory diseases-Inserm (Toulouse, France)

10.25 Short talk 7: eIF6 phosphorylation in Serine235 is necessary for cancer cells metabolic reprogramming and tumor growth

Dr. Annarita Miluzio, National Institute of Molecular Genetics, INGM (Milan, Italy)


10.40-11.10 Coffee break and poster session


11.10 Translation programs in cancer-associated cells associate with cancer initiation and progression

Dr. Ola Larsson, Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden)

11.45 T cell effector function by RNA binding proteins in health and disease

Dr. Monika Wolkers, Sanquin Research (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

12.20 Antitumor T cell function requires CPEB4-mediated adaptation to chronic endoplasmic reticulum stress

Dr. Raúl Méndez, IRB Barcelona/ICREA (Barcelona, Spain)

12.55 Short talk 8: Loss of CPEB4 in breast cancer cells enhances lung metastasis by IL-23/IL-17 axis up-regulation and neutrophil expansion

Dr. Alba Millanes-Romero, IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)


13.10-15.00 Lunch and poster session


Session 4: Ribosomes in cancer

Chair: Dr. Georg Stoecklin

15.00 Linking nucleolar function to stem cell activity in colorectal cancer

Dr. Eduard Batlle, IRB Barcelona/ICREA (Barcelona, Spain)

15.35 A specialized translation program in quiescent leukemic cells, promotes tumor survival

Dr. Shobha Vasudevan, Shobha Vasudevan, Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA, USA)

16.10 Short talk 9: Glucose deprivation and impaired N-glycosylation activate the Integrated Stress Response that leads to LIF secretion and tumor angiogenesis

Dr. Cristina Muñoz-Pinedo, IDIBELL (Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain)


16.25-17.00 Coffee break and poster session


17.00 The hidden face of 5-Fluorouracil: alteration of ribosome functions favors cancer cell drug-tolerance

Dr. Jean Jaques Diaz, Cancer Research Center of Lyon (Lyon, France)

17:35 How ribosomal protein mutations translate disease

Dr. Kim De Keersmaecker, KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)

18.10 Short talk 10: eIF4A2-dependent translation shapes tumour microenvironment and regulates lung and liver tumorigenesis

Dr. Luis Pardo-Fernández, CRUK Beatson Institute (Glasgow, UK)


18.25 End of session


20.30 Speakers dinner (Restaurant Can Pineda) (Sant Joan de Malta, 55)



Wednesday, 19 October

Session 5: Translational control of metabolism in cancer as therapeutic targets

Chair: Dr. Anne Willis

9.00 Translational Control of Metabolism: A Self-Amplifying Loop Necessary for Lipid Synthesis and Malignancy

Dr. Stefano Biffo, INGM "Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi", University of Milano (Milano, Italy)

9.35 mRNA translation and the resistance to anti-cancer targeted therapies

Dr. Stéphan Vagner, Institut Curie (Paris, France)

10.10 Short talk 11: Long non-coding RNA Neat1 and paraspeckle components are translational regulators in hypoxia

Dr. Anne-Catherine Prats, Inserm- Université de Toulouse (Toulouse, France)


10.25-11.00 Coffee break and poster session


11.00 A story of serendipity: The aminoglycoside streptomycin triggers ferroptotic cell death of tumor initiating cells

Dr. Alexandre David, Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle (Montpellier, France)

11.35 Sloppiness in mRNA translation in cancer

Dr. Reuven Agami, The Netherlands Cancer Institute (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

12.10 Short talk 12: Oncogenic MYC sustains LARP1 levels to stimulate RP mRNAs expression and translation

Dr. Flavia Iannizzotto, IDIBELL (Barcelona, Spain)

12.25 Short talk 13: Ribosome impairment regulates intestinal stem cell identity via ZAKa activation

Dr. Joana Silva,The Netherlands Cancer Institute (The Netherlands, Amsterdam)

12.40 Short talk 14: Human dyskerin binds to cytoplasmic H/ ACA-box-containing transcripts affecting nuclear hormone receptor dependence

Dr. Federico Zacchini, University of Bologna (Bologna, Italy)


13.00 Concluding remarks and end of conference


The BARCELONA BIOMED CONFERENCE Translation control in cancer development and microenvironment interactions will be placed at the Casa Convalescència in the heart of Barcelona. Talks will take place in the Aula Magna.

Casa Convalescència
C/ Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 171
08041 Barcelona

Tel +34 934 335 000



How to reach the Casa Convalescència:

Yellow line (L4) - GUINARDÓ – HOSPITAL DE SANT PAU station
Blue line (L5) - SANT PAU – DOS DE MAIG station

By bus
Lines: 15, 19, 20, 45, 47, 50, 51, 92 and 192.

For the GPS
Introduce the following coordinates:
Latitude: 41.413702 (41° 24' 49.33'' N)
Longitude: 2.177482 (2° 10' 38.94'' E)

From the airport

* Train + Underground. At the RENFE station, take the train to Sants-Estació. Once there take the Underground's blue line (L5) till SANT PAU – DOS DE MAIG station.
* Bus + Underground. Outside the airport terminal, take the AEROBUS to Plaça Catalunya. Walk one corner till Plaça Urquinaona and take the Underground's yellow line (L4) to GUINARDÓ – HOSPITAL DE SANT PAU station.

Barcelona Metropolitan Transport webiste (with metro and bus maps)



Speakers will be lodged at the Hotel Catalonia Atenas
Av. Meridiana, 151
08026, Barcelona
Telephone: +34 93 232 20 11
e-mail: catalonia@cataloniahotels.com

Other hotels
A list of additional hotels within walking distance of the Casa Convalescència can be found at: https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/hotels/hotelmaps/eixample-right-barcelona-hotel.html
(The Casa Convalescència is located near the violet point 27/3 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 Lesseps Residence Hall, and is available for short-term stays.

Lesseps Residence Hall
Plaza Lesseps, 12 08023 Barcelona
View on map
Telephone: +34 933 941 600
e-mail: lesseps@resa.es

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


Reuven Agami

Dr. Reuven Agami
The Netherlands Cancer Institute
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Eduard Batlle

Dr. Eduard Batlle
IRB Barcelona/ ICREA
Barcelona, Spain

Stefano Biffo

Dr. Stefano Biffo
INGM "Romeo ed Enrica Invernizzi", University of Milano
Milano, Italy

Kim De Keersmaecker

Kim De Keersmaecker
KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

Jean Jacques

Dr. Jean Jacques Diaz
Cancer Research Center of Lyon
Lyon, France

Luc Furic

Dr. Luc Furic
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Melbourne, Australia

Ola Larsson

Dr. Ola Larsson
Karolinska Institutet
Stockholm, Sweden

Davide Ruggero

Dr. Davide Ruggero
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Robert J. Schneider

Dr. Robert J. Schneider
NYU School of Medicine
New York, NY, USA

Nahum Sonenberg

Dr. Nahum Sonenberg
Goodman Cancer Research Center, McGill University
Montreal, Qc, Canada

Aurelio Telemann

Dr. Aurelio Teleman
German Cancer Research Center- DKFZ
Heidelberg, Germany

Martin Turner

Dr. Martin Turner
Babraham Institute
Cambridge, UK

Stéphan Vagner

Dr. Stéphan Vagner
Institut Curie
Paris, France


Dr. Shobha Vasudevan
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA, USA

Hans-Guido Wendel

Dr. Hans-Guido Wendel
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY, USA

Anne Willis

Dr. Anne Willis
MRC Toxicology Unit
Cambridge, UK

Monika Wolkers

Dr. Monika Wolkers
Sanquin Research
Amsterdam, The Netherlands