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The Microtubule Cytoskeleton in Development and Disease

18 Mar 13
- 20 Mar 13

Jens Lüders (IRB Barcelona) and Tim Stearns (Stanford University) Barcelona, Spain. 18-20 March, 2013



The microtubule cytoskeleton has essential roles in many cellular processes including cell motility, intracellular transport, signaling and chromosome segregation during mitosis and meiosis. The function of the microtubule cytoskeleton depends on the intrinsic properties of microtubules, on motors and other proteins associated with microtubules, and on organizing structures such as the centrosome.

In this meeting we will discuss recent advances in our molecular understanding of a variety of disease conditions that have been linked to defects in the microtubule cytoskeleton. Topics will include developmental disorders, defects in symmetric and asymmetric cell divisions, genomic instability, and ciliopathies.

We will bring together selected experts in the relevant areas as well as a limited number of participants to promote interaction and discussion of the key issues in an inspiring atmosphere.

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Press Release: Cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are some of the many diseases associated with defective cell transport

Registration deadline: January 15, 2013.

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 The microtubule cytoskeleton in development and disease 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

Other hotels
A list of additional hotels within walking distance of the IEC can be found at: (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

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



  • Jens Lüders, IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Tim Stearns, Stanford University (Stanford, California, USA)


  • Juliette Azimzadeh, University of California (San Francisco, CA, USA)
  • Ian Cheeseman, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (Cambridge, MA, USA)
  • David Glover, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK)
  • Cayetano Gonzalez, IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Erika Holzbaur, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
  • Casper Hoogenraad, Utrecht University (Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • Carsten Janke, Institut Curie (Paris, France)
  • Frank McNally, University of California, Davis (Davis, CA, USA)
  • Manuel Mendoza, Center for Genomic Regulation (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Andreas Merdes, CNRS/Université de Toulouse (Toulouse, France)
  • Max Nachury, Stanford University (Stanford, CA, USA)
  • Erich Nigg, Biozentrum, University of Basel (Basel, Switzerland)
  • Laurence Pelletier, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute (Toronto, Canada)
  • Rosa M. Ríos, CABIMER-CSIC (Sevilla, Spain)
  • Joan Roig, IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Bryan Tsou, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY, USA)
  • Isabelle Vernos, Center for Genomic Regulation (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Claire Walczak, Indiana University (Bloomington, IN, USA)
  • Linda Wordeman, University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA)
  • Juan Carlos Zabala, Universidad de Cantabria (Santander, Spain)