Track 1

Track 1: Cellular chat – Talking to your neighbours

Communication within and between cells is of utmost important for survival. Cells constantly communicate with neighbouring cells in their surrounding and accordingly change their behaviour. In multicellular organisms, communication allows cells to specialize, leading to developmental patterning. Reversely, miscommunication can lead to destabilisation of multicellular systems and disease development. In this track, we will have four themes that cover these aspects:

  1. Intracellular communication: this theme focuses on the molecular basis for communication within cells and how cells integrate various stimuli to coordinate a response. Underlying principles are important for any cell type, including synthetic life forms.
  2. Intercellular communication and development: in this theme the coordinated response of groups of cells is addressed from the molecular to the tissue level, which is key for morphogenesis and development in all domains of life.
  3. Communication and recognition. How do communicating cells recognize one another and discriminate between good and bad neighbours.
  4. Miscommunication and disease. In this theme, we will address how miscommunication between cells causes instability of multicellular systems and diseases.

Invited speakers:

Track committee:

Gerald de Haan (University Medical Center Groningen, ERIBA, DSSCR, DUSRA)
“It will be hugely inspiring to see what excellent science the life science community in the Netherlands has to offer.”

Dennis Claessen (Leiden University, KNVM)
”It is inspiring and at the same time challenging to organise a new congress aimed at connecting the life sciences community.”

Kirsten ten Tusscher (Utrecht University)
“Similar to life itself, this conference is about bridging scales, connecting niches and forging collaborations