1st Scientific Symposium and Workshop - June 17-18, 2013

The first SignGene symposium took place at the Seehotel Zeuthen close to Berlin from June 17-18. All six students and 27 out of the 34 group leaders including Nobel laureate Aaron Ciechanover attended the meeting to discuss ongoing projects and future collaborations.

The scientific sessions covered the whole range of SignGene topics with highlighted keynote lectures by our four invited speakers Anjana Rao (La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, La Jolla CA, USA), Dirk Schübeler (Friedrich-Miescher-Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland), Alexander van Oudenaarden (Hubrecht Institute-KNAW & University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands), and Hao Wu (Harvard Medical School & Children's Hospital Boston MA, USA):

    • Signaling pathways in normal and cancerous cells
    • Genetic and epigenetic control of differentiation
    • Quantitative approaches to understand cell decision processes
    • The ubiquitin-proteasome system
    • Impact of structure-function relationships on cellular processes

In addition to the scientific program, the SignGene community convened in a workshop to discuss topics for future Winter/Summer Schools of the program. The first Winter School, focusing on "Biology of Differentiation and Cancer" will be organized by Amir Orian (Technion) and Achim Leutz (MDC) to take place at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa in January 2014.

In a workshop on funding opportunities for German-Israeli cooperation projects, Christoph Mühlberg from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), Marion Müller from the Einstein Foundation Berlin, and Thomas Sommer from the MDC informed about existing programs for funding and new developments.