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Modelling Cancer in Drosophila

14 Sep 09
- 16 Sep 09

Cayetano González (IRB Barcelona) and Helena Richardson (Peter Mac Research, Melbourne, Australia) Barcelona, SPAIN. 14-16 SEPTEMBER, 2009



Cancer is a multi-hit process involving mutations in oncogenes and tumour suppressors, as well as interactions between the tumour cells and the surrounding normal tissue, the “Tumour Microenvironment".

The fruit fly, Drosophila, is an excellent, genetically-tractable system for modelling the development of cancer, due to the conservation of signalling pathways, cell proliferation and survival genes between fly and humans. Drosophila also presents an excellent system to study the importance of stem cells, which have pluripotent potential, in the development of cancer: the “Cancer Stem Cell Hypothesis".

This conference presents a forum for the discussion of cutting-edge models of tumourigenesis in Drosophila and their use in high-throughput screening of small molecule inhibitors that can be developed to combat human cancer.

Organised by IRB Barcelona with the collaboration of the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria Foundation (fBBVA).

Hosted by the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC).

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For more information, please contact the Barcelona BioMed Conference Secretariat at


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Registration deadline: July 15, 2009

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 Modelling Cancer in Drosophila space 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.



  • Cayetano González, Institute for Research in Biomedicine & ICREA (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Helena Richardson, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Melbourne, Australia)


  • Nick Baker, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY, USA)
  • David Bilder, University of California (Berkeley, CA, USA)
  • Dirk Bohmann, University of Rochester (Rochester, NY, USA)
  • Tony Brumby, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Ross Cagan, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York, NY, USA)
  • Chris Doe, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR, USA)
  • Maria Domínguez, Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (Alicante, Spain)
  • Bruce Edgar, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA, USA)
  • Marcos González-Gaitan, University of Geneva (Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Nicola Grzeschik, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Iswar Hariharan, University of California (Berkeley, CA, USA)
  • Florence Janody, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Oeiras, Portugal)
  • Jens Januschke, Institute for Research in Biomedicine (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Laura Johnston, Columbia University (New York, NY, USA)
  • Pierre Leopold, Institute of Developmental Biology and Cancer (Nice, France)
  • Denise Montell, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD, USA)
  • Gines Morata, Centro de Biologia Molecular Severa Ochoa (Madrid, Spain)
  • Renee Read, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies (San Diego, CA, USA)
  • Pernille Rørth, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory Limited (Singapore)
  • Pradip Sinha, Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur, India)
  • Daniel St Johnston, The Gurdon Institute (Cambridge, UK)
  • Tin Tin Su, University of Colorado (Boulder, CO, USA)
  • Nic Tapon, London Research Institute (London, UK)
  • Hongyan Wang, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Singapore)
  • Andreas Wodarz, Göttinger Zentrum für Molekulare Biowissenschaften (Göttingen, Germany)
  • Yukiko Yamashita, University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute (Ann Arbor, MI, USA)