Experts in tissue regeneration research and single-cell sequencing from around the world will meet virtually for a special edition of the Berlin Summer Meeting 2020 in December. Hosted by the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), the annual event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will now take place as a virtual meeting, ensuring the long-standing series continues uninterrupted.
The Berlin Summer Meeting is known for bringing together computational and experimental research in biology. This year’s conference features tissue regeneration and the latest single cell sequencing technologies, which provide an unprecedented level of detail about cell types and their activities in space and time.
“Single cell technologies are revolutionizing many aspects of biology, but they are especially powerful for tissue regeneration,” says Dr. Jan Philipp Junker, who heads the at MDC’s Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology, and a member of the organizing committee. “They are helping bring order to the chaos of the repair and regeneration processes following organ injury.”
While humans have some ability to repair wounds, other species excel at regeneration: for example, zebrafish regrow heart tissue, African spiny mice regrow lost skin, and salamanders regrow spinal cords and whole limbs. Researchers study these and other animals to understand the complex regeneration process and look for insights that can inform human tissue regeneration and organ growth.
The conference will feature talks from top researchers studying regeneration processes of the heart, liver, pancreas, spinal cord, retina, intestine and brain in animals and organoids – miniature organ-like structures grown in the lab. They will share their latest findings and discuss how single cell technologies are pushing the field forward. “I think this is going to be a really fun, entertaining and informative conference,” Junker says.
The scientific committee is pleased to present a gender-balanced line-up of speakers, says Dr. Mina Gouti, who heads MDC’s , and member of the organizing committee. “I am looking forward to getting a broad overview of the current developments in the field,” Gouti says. “With 40 minutes for the invited talks, there is more time to tell a complete story followed by a lively discussion.”
The conference will also feature short presentations by students and early career researchers.
The Berlin Scientific Meeting 2020 Scientific Committee includes: Dr. Mina Gouti, Dr. Jan Philipp Junker, Dr. Darío G. Lupiáñez, Dr. Daniela Panakova, Dr. Suphansa Sawamiphak, Dr. Elly Tanaka and Dr. Robert Zinzen.
Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, Netherlands
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
BIMSB, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA
Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, Germany
Research Institute for Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria
University of Vienna, Austria
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