2nd European Meeting on Planarian Biology


We are pleased to announce the 2nd European Meeting on Planarian Biology that will take place from September 1st to 4th 2013 at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics(external link) in Dresden, Germany. The meeting continues the tradition of the Münster meeting in 2010 and the Kyoto meeting in 2011. The open sharing of recent advances in flatworm research and the forging of a collaborative research community remain the main objectives. We have further included an exciting session “from beasts to models” in which three pioneers of C. elegans, tunicate and cnidarian research will share their personal experience in developing these model systems. Last, registration fees for the 2nd EMPB are low (EUR 100 for students; EUR180 for researchers) and accommodation in Dresden is cheap- hence register right away for this years’s planarian research community gathering.

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Information about meeting registration
and programme is already available.
See below for further details.


About the Meeting

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics(external link) in Dresden, Germany, will host the 2nd EMPB. The meeting will begin on September 1st with an opening Lecture by Professor Elly Tanaka, followed by a traditional German pig roast in the MPI-CBG Garden. The program includes scientific talks, round-table discussions and poster sessions on September 2nd to 4th, as well as an excursion to a nearby national park and the traditional regeneration soccer match on Wednesday afternoon.


You can access to the registration form from this link(external link).

Venue, Travel and Accommodation

You can find more information from this link.

Confirmed Speakers

Aziz Aboobaker, Oxford University, UK.
Josep F Abril, University of Barcelona, Spain.
Teresa Adell, University of Barcelona, Spain.
Kiyokazu Agata, Kyoto University, Japan.
Kerstin Bartscherer, Max-Planck-Institute Münster, Germany.
Eugene Berezikov, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
Francesc Cebrià, University of Barcelona, Spain.
Mireille Galloni, University of Montpellier, France.
Luca Gentile, Max-Planck-Institute Münster, Germany.
Eric Ghigo, Faculty of Medicine, Marseille, France.
Cristina González-Estévez, CNIC Madrid, Spain.
Takeshi Inoue, Kyoto University, Japan.
Emilia Isolani, University of Pisa, Italy.
Chema Martín-Durán, SARS Bergen, Norway.
Nikolaus Rajewsky, Max Delbrück Center Berlin, Germany.
John Rasko, University of Sydney, Australia.
Jochen Rink, Max-Planck-Institute Dresden, Germany.
Emili Saló, University of Barcelona, Spain.
Alessandra Salvetti, University of Pisa, Italy.
Ronald Sluys, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Karen Smeets, Hasselt University, Belgium.
Elly Tanaka, Center for Regenerative Therapies, Dresden, Germany.

In addition to planarian speakers we have planned a special session given by three leaders in other models that will tell us about their experience in buiding up succesfully their model systems

Patrick Lemaire, CNRS/Université Aix-Marseille, France.
Ulrich Technau, University of Vienna, Austria.
John White, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Final program

16:00 - 18:00 Registration and poster set-up
18:00 - 18:15 Welcome to the 2nd InterEuroPlan
18:15 - 19:15 Opening lecture: Dr. Elly Tanaka (Center for Regenerative Therapies, Dresden)
19:30 - 08:30 Open end Get together (MPI-CBG garden)

08:30 - 10:45 Session I: Orchestration of regeneration I
• Chair: Teresa Adell
08:30 - 09:00 Francesc Cebrià
egr-4 is necessary for the formation of the brain primordia and head regeneration
09:00 - 09:30 Cristina González-Estévez
Mechanisms of stem cell regulation by caloric restriction
09:30 - 10:00 Mireille Galloni
Exploring metabolism regulation in planarians
10:00 - 10:30 Takeshi Inoue
Restoration of the brain function in planarians
10:30 - 10:45 Steffen Werner
Understanding principles of body plan scaling
10:45 - 11:05 Coffee Break (MPI-CBG Atrium)
11:05 - 12:50 Session II: Orchestration of regeneration II
• Chair: Nikolaus Rajewsky
11:05 - 11.35 Jochen Rink
Head or tail: patterning the planarian A/P axis
11.35 - 12:05 Teresa Adell
Canonical, anti-canonical and non-canonical Wnt pathway in planarians
12:05 - 12:35 Aziz Aboobaker
Planarian MDB2/3 is required for adult stem cell pluripotency independently of DNA methylation
12:35 - 12:50 Matthias Vogg
Planarian head formation requires a Forkhead transcription factor at the anterior regeneration pole
12:50 - 14:00 Lunch (MPI-CBG canteen)
14:00 - 16:30 Session III: From beasts to models: 3 success stories
• Chair: Jochen Rink
14:00 - 14:50 Uli Technau
From Beast to Model: Cnidarians
14:50 - 15.40 Patrick Lemaire
From Beast to Model: Tunicates
15.40 - 16.30 John White
From Beast to Model: C. elegans
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break (MPI-CBG Atrium)
17:00 - 19:30 Show n’tell:
• Chair: Emili Saló
Short 15 minutes technical discussions on whole-mount immunostainings, partial irradiation, transcriptome servers, transgenesis, phylogenetic trees, stainings on histological sections, BrdU labeling
19:30 - 21:30 Drinks + Nibbles &. Poster Session I (even numbers) (MPI-CBG Atrium)

09:00 - 15:00 Social- Hike & Boat trip
15:00 - 17:15 Session IV: Stem Cell Biology I
• Chair: Aziz Aboobaker
15:00 - 15:30 Nikolaus Rajewsky
"Planarian RNA - function and regulation"
15:30 - 16:00 Luca Gentile
"Pluripotency in the time of planarians"
16:00 - 16:30 Kerstin Bartscherer
SILAC planarians
16.30 - 17:00 Maria Emilia Isolani
Exploring extracellular matrix-stem cell interactions in planarians: the role of some metzincin protease genes
17:00 - 17:15 Maria Almuedo-Castillo
JNK controls the onset of mitosis of planarian stem cells and triggers apoptotic cell death required for regeneration and remodeling
17:15 - 17:35 Coffee break (MPI-CBG Atrium)
17:35 - 19:50 Session V: Stem Cell Biology II
• Chair: Francesc Cebrià
17.35 - 18:05 Emili Saló
Planarian stem cell genes and pathways after DGE analysis in Schmidtea mediterranea
18:05 - 18:35 Alessandra Salvetti
Extrinsic and intrinsic cues in neoblast biology
18:35 - 19:05 Josep F. Abril
Functional annotation of a planarian transcriptome
19:05 - 19:35 Eugene Berezikov
The flatworm Macrostomum lignano: a powerful model organism for research on stem cells, regeneration and aging
19:35 - 19:50 Florian Seebeck
Stem cell-based analysis of planarian cell turnover and neural regeneration
19:50 - 21:30 Drinks + Nibbles &. Poster Session II (odd numbers) (MPI-CBG Atrium)
21:50 - Open end Conference party

8:00 - 10:15 Session VI: Beyond Stem cells and regeneration
• Chair: Kerstin Bartscherer
08:30 - 09:00 Kiyokazu Agata
What kind of science can we conduct after a genomic analysis of the planarian Dugesia japonica?
09:00 - 09:30 Eric Ghigo
Immunity: what planarians can teach us?
09:30 - 10:00 Chema Martín-Durán
An embryological and evolutionary perspective on planarian regeneration
10:00 - 10:15 Pinar Oenal
4SU labeling in planaria to identify RNA: protein interactions and newly synthesized RNAs during regeneration
10:15 - 11:35 Coffee Break (MPI-CBG Atrium)
10:35 - 12:50 Session VII: Planarians in the wild and wild planarians
• Chair: Kiyokazu Agata
10:35 - 11:05 Karen Smeets
Stem cell-mediated defence as a balance between damage and repair during external stress
11:05 - 11:35 Ronald Sluys
Serendipity in science: the curious case of a maricolan planarian with a freshwater ecology
11:35 - 12:05 John Rasko & Miquel Vila-Farré
Wild ones: assembly & characterization of a planarian species collection
12:05 - 12.35 Marta Riutort
Planarians are also good models for phylogeographical studies
12:35 - 12:50 An-Sofie Stevens
Schmidtea mediterranea as a model organism for carcinogenicity screenings
12:50 - 13:00 Closing Remarks & Farewell
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch (MPI-CBG canteen)
14:30 - Open end Session VIII: Sports & Recreation
• Chair: Heino Andeas
14:30 - 16.30 Soccer match ("Don't forget to bring your sports gear")
17:00 - Open end Post-soccer match regeneration in beer garden


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