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Normal and Tumor Stem Cells

12 Nov 12
- 14 Nov 12

Eduard Batlle (IRB Barcelona) and Hans Clevers (Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands) Barcelona, Spain. 12-14 November, 2012



Adult stem cells are unique among somatic cells in that they are responsible for the self-renewal and repair of tissues throughout the lifespan. Over the past few years it has become increasingly evident that different types of solid and liquid tumors contain cell populations displaying stem cell features. These cancer stem cells are believed to be responsible for tumor relapse as they can efficiently initiate and regenerate the disease upon therapeutic intervention. In this meeting we will explore the latest developments in the genetic and biochemical mechanisms that regulate stem cell specification and self-renewal in normal and tumor tissues. Specific topics to be discussed include the characterization of stem cell niches, the role of stem cells in tumor initiation and the parallelisms between normal and cancer stem cells as well as their significance for tumor prognosis and therapy.

The conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum for researchers interested in the connections between stem cell biology and cancer to meet and discuss the latest advances in this field.

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Registration deadline is over

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 NORMAL AND TUMOR STEM CELLS 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.



  • Eduard Batlle, IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Hans Clevers, Hubrecht Institute (Utrecht, Netherlands)


  • Salvador Aznar-Benitah, Center for Genomic Regulation (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Cedric Blanpain, Université Libre de Bruxelles (Bruxelles, Belgium)
  • Maria Blasco, Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (Madrid, Spain)
  • Michael F. Clarke, Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine (Stanford, California, USA)
  • Ruggero De Maria, Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Rome, Italy)
  • Luciano di Croce, Center for Genomic Regulation (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Paul Frenette, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY, USA)
  • Michaela Frye, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK)
  • Elaine Fuchs, The Rockefeller University (NY, USA)
  • Hanno Glim, Nationales Zentrum für Tumorerkrankungen (NCT) (Heidelberg, Germany)
  • Cayetano Gonzalez, IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Christopher Heeschen, Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (Madrid, Spain)
  • Konrad Hochedlinger, MGH Cancer Center and Center for Regenerative Medicine (Boston, MA, USA)
  • Luís Parada, University of Texas (Dallas, Texas, USA)
  • Owen Sansom, The Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (Glasgow, UK)
  • Ben Simons, Cavendish Laboratory (Cambridge, UK)
  • Fiona Watt University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK)
  • Irving L. Weissman Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine(Stanford, California, USA)
  • Leonard Zon, Children's Hospital Boston (Boston, MA, USA)