Metastasis has been recognized as a major medical, social and scientific problem for centuries, yet little progress has been made in identifying its genetic determinants, molecular mechanisms, and specific treatments. Recent conceptual and technological advances are providing an unprecedented opportunity to address this problem. This conference will bring together laboratory and clinical experts who are focusing on metastasis in major human malignancies and animal models, at the level of its component processes including cancer stem cells, tumor angiogenesis, bone marrow-derived progenitors, cell motility, invasion and adhesion, tumor-microenvironment interactions, and metastasis response to therapy. The purpose of this conference is to leverage this combined expertise in order to advance our understanding of cancer metastasis.
Organised by IRB Barcelona with the collaboration of the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Foundation (fBBVA).
Hosted by the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC).
For more information, please contact the Barcelona BioMed Conference Secretariat at
Registration deadline: April 4, 2008
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.
The BARCELONA BIOMED CONFERENCE on METASTASIS GENES AND FUNCTIONS 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
Tel +34 932 701 620
Fax +34 932 701 180
How to reach the IEC by public transport:
Plaça Catalunya (lines 1 and 3)
Liceu (line 3)
Plaça Catalunya (train from Sarrià)
41, 55, 141 (Plaça Catalunya stop)
14, 18, 59, 91 (Rambla stop)
Speakers will be lodged at the Hotel Catalonia Ramblas
c/ Pelayo, 28
Tel. +34 93.316.84.00
Fax. +34 93.316.84.01
Help in finding accommodation in Barcelona can be obtained through the following websites:
For more information about Barcelona, you can also consult the IRB Barcelona web section "Living in Barcelona".
- Tyler Jacks, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA)
- Joan Massagué, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA)
List of Speakers:
- Kari Alitalo, University of Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland)
- José Baselga, Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (Barcelona, Spain)
- Robert Benezra, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA)
- Gabriele Bergers, University of California at San Francisco (San Francisco, USA)
- Michael Bishop, University of California at San Francisco (San Francisco, USA)
- Lynda Chin, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston, USA)
- Arul Chinnaiyan, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA)
- Gerhard Christofori, University of Basel (Basel, Switzerland)
- Brunhilde Felding-Habermann, The Scripps Research Institute (San Diego, USA)
- Doug Hanahan, University of California at San Francisco (San Francisco, USA)
- Mary Hendrix, Northwestern University (Evanston, USA)
- Richard Hynes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA)
- Johanna Joyce, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA)
- Christoph Klein, University of Regensburg, Division of Oncogenomics (Regensburg, Germany)
- David Lyden, Weil – Cornell Medical College of Cornell University (New York, USA)
- Joseph Nevins, Duke University Medical Centre (Durham, USA)
- Jeffrey Pollard, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, USA)
- Sylvie Robine, Institut Curie (Paris, France)
- Harold Varmus, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA)
- Robert Weinberg, Whitehead Institute (Cambridge, USA)
- Zena Werb, University of California at San Francisco (San Francisco, USA)