1st International Meeting on Planarian Biology


The 1st International Meeting on Planarian Biology was held in Münster (Germany) on May 25th-28th, 2010.


Halle Münsterland Congress Center hosted this event and we were happy to meet all of you there.


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About the Meeting

The meeting opened on May 25 with a get-together and a typical Westphalian dinner. Scientific, round-tables and poster sessions were scheduled for May 26 to 27. On May 28, we have discussed the prospects of EuroPlanNet - the European Planarian Network.


Poster layout
The standard poster size is A0 (841 x 1189 cm / 33.11 x 46.81' inches); the poster's board orientation is vertical. Please do not exceed the given size and leave appropriate margins

Poster location and set-up
Poster's boards will be located in the foyer. You are responsible to set-up and take-down your poster at due time. Set-up time is 17:00 - 19:30 on May 25th and 8:00 - 9:00 on May 26th. Please use non-permanent adhesive material or pins only. You can take-down your poster on May 27th, after 18:00.

Carl Zeiss prize to the best poster

This award went to the poster presented at the meeting by Molina et al with the title "The evolutionary conserved noggin-like gene family promotes BMP signaling in planarians". Congratulations for this scientific contribution.

Confirmed Speakers

Aziz Aboobaker, University of Nottingham, UK.
Josep F Abril, University of Barcelona, Spain.
Kiyokazu Agata, Kyoto University, Japan.
Kerstin Bartscherer, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Renata Batistoni, University of Pisa, Italy.
Francesc Cebrià, University of Barcelona, Spain.
Mireille Galloni, University of Montpellier, France.
Luca Gentile, Max-Planck-Institute Münster, Germany.
Cristina González-Estévez, University of Nottingham, UK.
Néstor Oviedo, University of California Merced, USA.
Nikolaus Rajewsky, Max Delbrück Center Berlin, Germany.
Emili Saló, University of Barcelona, Spain.
Alessandra Salvetti, University of Pisa, Italy.
Hans R Schöler, Max-Planck-Institute Münster, Germany.
Karen Smeets, Hasselt University, Belgium.
Ricardo Zayas, San Diego State University, USA.


Preliminary program


17:00- 19:30 Registration and poster set-up

19:30- 22:00 Get-together and dinner


8:00 – 9:00 Registration and poster set-up

9:00 – 9:15 Opening of the 1st International Meeting on Planarian Biology

Session I: Neoblast biology I

9:15 – 9:50 • Hans Schöler, Münster, Germany
Planarians meet men: whose cells are more pluripotent?

9:50 – 10:25 • Renata Batistoni, Pisa, Italy
Molecular biology of stress response in planarians: expression and function of heat shock protein genes

10:25 – 11:00 • Mireille Galloni, Montpellier,France
Planarian stem cells transcriptomes

11:00 – 11:35 • Nikolaus Rajewsky, Berlin, Germany
Due to an accident he was not able to attend to the conference. We wish him a prompt recovery.

11:35 – 11:55 Coffee break

Session II: Signaling

11:55 – 12:30 • Cristina González-Estévez, Nottingham, UK
TOR signalling in planarians

12:30 – 13:05 • Néstor Oviedo, California, USA
Regulatory signals affecting neoblast behavior during regeneration and tissue maintenance

13:05 – 14:05 Lunch

Problem-solving Workshops: ‘Omics’ approaches

14:05 – 14:20 • Thomas Rygus, Applied Biosystems
SOLiD4 Next Generation Sequencing System - Combining Transcriptomic and Genomic Analysis

14:20 – 16:10 • Round Table, moderator: Josep F. Abril

16:10 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 17:30 Special Plenary Lecture

Kiyokazu Agata, Kyoto, Japan
Brain Regeneration in the planarian Dugesia japonica

Session III: Nervous system and regeneration

17:30 – 18:05 • Francesc Cebrià, Barcelona, Spain
The role of the nervous system on planarian regeneration: neurotransmitter and growth factor receptors in Schmidtea mediterranea

18:05 – 18:40 • Ricardo Zayas, San Diego, USA
Functional analysis of ubiquitin ligase genes during regeneration in the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea

18:40 – 18:55 • Oné Pagan, West Chester, USA
The planarian worm as an animal model to search for abused drug antagonists

19:00 – 21:00 Dinner

21:00 – 23:00 Poster session


Session IV: Neoblast biology II

9:00 – 9:35 • Alessandra Salvetti, Pisa, Italy
Role of RbAp48 and PHB 1 in neoblast biology

9:35 – 10:10 • Luca Gentile, Münster, Germany
The picture of a planarian stem cell

10:10 – 10:45 • Aziz Aboobaker, Nottingham, UK
The planarian ortholog of vertebrate MDB 2 and 3 is required for correct neoblast differentiation

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

Session IV: Neoblast biology II

11:00 – 11:35 • Josep F Abril, Barcelona, Spain
On the Planarian Omics Crossroads: A merged approach to unravel neoblast functional features

11:35 – 11:50 • Jordi Solana, Nottingham, UK
Common patterns in neoblast loss: a re-examination of known neoblast phenotypes

Session V: Signaling and Patterning

11:50 – 12:25 • Kerstin Bartscherer, Heidelberg, Germany
A transcriptome-wide RNAi/ISH library as a research tool for systematic gene function analysis

12:25 – 12:40 • Teresa Adell, Barcelona, Spain
Complete functional segregation of planarian β-catenin1 and -2 in mediating Wnt signaling and cell adhesion

12:40 – 12:55 • José María Martín-Durán, Barcelona, Spain
Morphogenesis in the embryonic development of the freshwater planarian Schmidtea polychroa

12:55 – 14:20 Lunch

Problem-solving Workshops: Transgenesis

14:20 – 16:00 • Round Table, moderator: Sören Moritz

16:00 – 16:20 Coffee break

16:20 – 17:20 Special Plenary Lecture

Emili Saló, Barcelona, Spain
Planarian regeneration and axial polarity: The BMP and Wnt/β-catenin pathways

Session VI: Phylogeny, ecology and evolution

17:20 – 17:55 • Kareen Smeets, Diepenbeek, Belgium
Heavy metal stress: An Oxidative Challenge

17:55 – 18:10 • Thomas D’Souza, Tübingen, Germany
Cost and benefits of occasional sex in the planarian flatworm Schmidtea polychroa

18:10 – 18:25 • Marta Riutort, Barcelona, Spain
Molecular phylogeography of planarians (Platyhelminthes) in the mediterranean area

18:25 – 18:40 • Bernhard Egger, Innsbrück, Austria
What is a planarian?

18:40 – 19:00 Carl Zeiss Best Poster Prize

19:00 – 21:00 Abenbrot

21:00 – 22:00 Boat trip on the Aasee


9:30 – 12:30 Round Table on EuroPlanNet
Statutes, aims, and future actions



We would like to thank here the support provided by our sponsor companies and organizations:

  • DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • Intavis
  • Applied Biosystems
  • Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
  • The Company of Biologists: Journal of Cell Science, Development and Disease Models & Mechanisms
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  • Zeiss


Registration and Venue


  • Early bird registration was extended until April 15. After that the fee for students was 350 euros and 475 euros for scientists
  • Poster submission deadline: April 30
  • Registration was closed.


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