News from CRG
On 6th and 7th November the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona will hold its 13th Annual Symposium. This symposium will bring together world-leading scientists from a wide rage of topics on the general themes of regulation of gene expression and the biology of stem and cancer cells.
Understanding the genetic and epigenetic principles that determine the identities of the different cell types in a multicellular organism is one of the key problems in biology. The possibility to reverse these actions to generate pluripotent cells from differentiated cells is opening new frontiers in understanding organ morphogenesis and regeneration. Furthermore, striking parallels are emerging between the molecular circuits behind changes in cellular potency and those leading to cell transformation in cancer.
In order to shed light on these aspects of modern biology, the CRG organises its 13th Annual Symposium “Gene Regulation, Stem Cells and Cancer”. “The Symposium will deal with how genes are regulated, how stem cells are differentiated, how these differentiated cells can revert to a stem cell like state, and also how these decisions can go wrong to generate tumours and cancer”, explains Juan Valcárcel, coordinator of the organising committee and ICREA research professor at the CRG.
This symposium will bring together world-leading scientists from a wide range of topics around the general themes proposed. “By concentrating leaders in a variety of fields, we aim to make the symposium particularly fruitful to showcase the diversity of approaches and concepts at the frontiers of these fields”, adds Valcárcel. This event will foster interactions among (senior and younger) scientists through plenary sessions, short talks selected from abstracts and poster sessions. The event will provide opportunities to establish new collaborations, and to discuss progress and future challenges at the cutting edge of gene regulation, stem cell and cancer biology.