CellMorphodynamics / Neurosur 2019 was held in Santiago, Chile, between March 25 and April 5 2019. Activities included: (1) Conference of Tim Hunt, Nobel Prize of Physiology or Medicine 2001; (2) OpenLecture / Round Table "Manipulating the origin of human life. What are we up to?"; (3) Workshop EMBO Bridging cell and tissue mechanics to fate specification in development; (4) ICGEB Course Optics, Forces and Development. These events aimed at disseminating the scientific and technological advances about the origin and manipulation of form in tissues and organisms during development, and are sponsored by the Biomedical Neuroscience Institute (BNI, Chile) in collaboration with international (EMBO, ICGEB, United Nations University BIOLAC, The company of Biologists) and national (CONICYT, Iniciativa Científica Milenio, Congreso Futuro) Agencies.
Date: April 2 2019, 14 hrs
Place: Andrés Antonio de Gorbea Auditorium (3er Piso), Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile, Beauchef 850, Santiago - Chile
Format: Conference open to public
Organisers: EMBO and BNI
Coordination: Miguel Concha, BNI - Universidad de Chile
Date: April 3 2019, 10-12 hrs
Place: Former Congress building in Santiago, Catedral 1158, Santiago (Metro Plaza de Armas)
Aim: Discuss the scientific and technological advances that allow the manipulation of embryonic development in humans, and the people's expectations, fears, and emerging ethical considerations.
Format: Conferences of Dr. Claudio Stern (University College London, UK) and Alfonso Martínez-Arias (Cambridge University, UK) followed by a round table and questions from the public, conducted by the journalist Andrea Obaid. Cecilia Hidalgo (President of Chilean Science Academy), Manuel Santos (President of Chilean Bioethics Society) and Rafael Sagredo (historian) will join the round table.
Organisers: BNI and EMBO
Coordination: Miguel Concha, BNI - Universidad de Chile
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Interviews Radio and TV:
· Miguel Concha: Radio ADN (Superciencia)
· Claudio Stern: CNN (Futuro 360)
Date: April 2-5 2019
Place: Enrique d’Etigny Auditorium, Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Chile, Beauchef 851, Santiago - Chile
Aim: To bring together a cross-disciplinary collection of researchers from cell and developmental biology, tissue biophysics and theoretical physics, with the overarching goal of understanding how cells build tissues across scales during development. Also, to establish mechanistic links between cell/tissue mechanics and cell fate specification during development, providing a forum for scientific interactions, the cross-fertilization of ideas, the fostering of new collaborations and the development of strategies to address emerging technical needs and close existing gaps in knowledge.
Format: Conferences and Poster presentations.
Organisers: Miguel Concha (BNI - U. Chile), Carl-Philipp Heisenberg (Institute of Science and Technology Austria), Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis (Sloan Kettering Institute, New York, US), Rodrigo Soto (U. Chile)
Date: March 25 to April 1 2019
Place: Laboratory of Experimental Ontogeny (LEO) and Laboratory of Scientific Image Analysis (SCIAN-lab), Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile, and Biomedical Neuroscience Institute (BNI), Independencia 1027, Independencia, Santiago - Chile
Aim: train a selected group of students, postdocs and junior investigators in theoretical and practical aspects of in vivo microscopy and strategies for the visualization and manipulation of forces in developing tissues. It offers a stimulating inter-disciplinary environment that gathers specialists from the fields of developmental biology, physics, computer science, & electrical engineering.
Format: talks and hands-on laboratory activities.
Organisers: Miguel Concha (BNI - U. Chile), Steffen Härtel (BNI - U. Chile), Mauricio Cerda (BNI - U.Chile), Rodrigo Soto (U. Chile).
Fecha: 1 de Abril de 2019
Lugar: Instituto de Neurociencia Biomédica, Independencia 2017, Santiago - Chile
Objetivo: Discutir los avances científicos y tecnológicos de las áreas de mecánica celular y tisular, y como ello impacta la morfogénesis y la generación de patrones durante el desarrollo embrionario.
Formato: Conferencias y sesiones de discusión
Organiza: Steffen Härtel y Miguel Concha (BNI - U. de Chile)
CellMorphoDynamics2014 involved three international scientific events that took place in Santiago, Chile, between May 5-16th 2014: (1) the international Symposium "Visualisation and Manipulation of Signals and Forces in Developing Tissues", (2) the international Course "Optics, Forces and Development", and (3) the OpenLecture series "Origin of animal form in evolution and development". These activities were sponsored by the Biomedical Neuroscience Institute (BNI, Chile) QuanTissue (ESF, Europe) and CONICYT (Chile) and aimed to foster scientific interactions between Latin America and the rest of the world, and to disseminate the field of cell and tissue morphodynamics to the general public.
"VISUALISATION AND MANIPULATION OF SIGNALS AND FORCES IN DEVELOPING TISSUES"
Date: May 12-16 2014.
Aim: To foster scientific interactions between Latin America and the rest of the world by bringing together a small group of scientists interested in morphodynamics of cells and tissues from different perspectives: theory to experiment, molecules to cells, and cells to organisms.
Speakers: Yohanns Bellaïche, Guillaume Charras, Miguel Concha, Alvaro Glavic, Marcos Gonzalez-Gaitán, Valentina Greco, Stephan Grill, Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis, Carl-Philipp Heisenberg, Antonio Jacinto, Roger Karlsson, Philipp Keller, Ray Keller, Ulrich Kubitscheck, Juan Larrain, Hernán López-Schier, Alfonso Martínez-Arias, Roberto Mayor, Stuart Newman, Ewa Paluch, Erez Raz, Didier Stainier, Masazumi Tada, Elena Torres-Padilla, Xavier Trepat, Julien Vermot, Primoz Ziherl.
"OPTICS, FORCES & DEVELOPMENT"
Date: May 5-16 2014.
Aim: To train a selected group of 12-16 students, postdocs and young investigators from Latin America in theoretical and practical aspects of in vivo microscopy, and strategies of visualisation and manipulation of cell and tissue morphodynamics in developing organisms.
Topics: Principles of optics, in vivo confocal imaging, image processing and analysis, force estimation in cells and tissues, laser micro-dissection, cytoskeletal dynamics, model organisms, embryo manipulation, stem cells.
Organisers: Miguel Concha, Steffen Hartel
"ORIGIN of ANIMAL FORM in EVOLUTION and DEVELOPMENT"
Date: May 14 2014.
Aim: To disseminate to the general public the current scientific view of how tissue and organismal form arose during evolution and development.
Speakers: Stuart Newman and Ray Keller.