Centro Stefano Franscini
Ascona, Switzerland
10-15 September 2006


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Conference Series3rd European Conference on RegenerationCellular and Molecular Basis of
Regeneration and
Tissue repair


picture gallery

posted Sep 14, 2006, 14:07

We just posted a picture gallery of the event. Check it here. Pictures will be added as soon as we receive them.

preliminary program updated

posted Aug 30, 2006, 09:34

The preliminary program of the conference has been updated.

posters dimensions

posted Aug 24, 2006, 13:06

All posters of registered participants are accepted. The maximum size of the posters is 120 cm X 114 cm. Boards and pins will be provided.

detailed program

posted Aug 22, 2006, 08:54

You can now find the detailed preliminary program of the conference on the Program page.

Cancellations - Refund money

posted Aug 12, 2006, 13:32

Given that the hotel rooms are now reserved, the administration of the conference will give to participants who cancel their attendance: - 80% refund from August 14 up to August 24; - 50% refund from August 25 up to September 5; - no refund from September 6. Thank you for your understanding.

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Aims of the conference

The aim of this conference is to provide a multidisciplinary and integrative platform on the cellular and molecular basis of regeneration and tissue repair. The ability of an adult organism to undergo regeneration and functional repair is present in all multicellular phyla. Planaria and hydra can regenerate entire organisms from small tissue fragments or cellular aggregates. Urodele amphibians regenerate limbs, jaws, and tails including the spinal cord, zebrafish regenerates fins and can repair damaged cardiac tissues. However, many other species, especially higher vertebrates do not respond to injury or tissue removal by re-growing missing body parts. Why is the regeneration phenomenon lost in these animals and could it be, at least to some extent, induced in the future?

Recent advances in the dissection of the regeneration processes have brought up molecular cues that allow comparisons between epimorphic and morphallactic regeneration. In addition, those molecular cues can be analyzed in the context of tissue repair in organisms traditionally considered as non-regenerating. Despite the apparent differences between various species, reserve cells have been identified in all organisms, and differentiated tissues like liver and muscle can to a certain degree be replaced de novo also in adult mammals. Progenitor cells for tissue repair and regeneration arise either by the activation of a reserve cell population or by local reversal of differentiation in cells close to the site of injury as exemplified in urodele amphibians. Nevertheless, little is known about the way cells maintain or reprogram their identity, how progenitor cells can be reactivated after injury, what are the factors and events that influence their choice of fate. These questions are critical issues to regeneration and cell plasticity.

By bringing together researchers representing various fields and model systems, this conference should help interlink the mechanisms of wounding response, subsequent generation of relevant precursor population, and morphogenesis to rebuild missing structures. Poster sessions are planned and time will be allotted to selected short oral contributions.