Research Seminar

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Seminar Programme

Scientific programme as of 01 July 2020

Innovative 3D models for understanding mechanisms underlying lung diseases: powerful tools for translational research

Organisers : Prof. Dr. Janette Burgess (Netherlands), Prof. Dr. Ramon Farre (Spain)

The proposed Research Seminar will address our gap in understanding how the aspects of matrix and cell biology are integrated to define lung homeostasis and pathobiology. A major focus of the workshop will be consideration of how emerging model systems can be validated for their capacity to replicate key aspects of in vivo biology present in health and disease. Experts who are developing in vitro and ex vivo models for study of lung ECM, cell-matrix and cell-cell interactions from varying perspectives and disease domains, and novel methodologies for capturing the wealth of information that is present within these new models will highlight gaps in knowledge and new approaches that potentially will help us to address these gaps. A major aim of this research seminar will be to capture the attention and imagination of early career researchers to foster a leap in thinking to conceive important advances in translational lung research.


The discussions that drove the development of this seminar proposal have all highlighted the need for an international effort to consolidate knowledge about the emerging tools for study of ECM and cellular/tissue level structure, function and biology in the human lung and the need for integration and application of these tools. This Research Seminar will provide an interdisciplinary platform for experts from different disciplines (cell & molecular biologists, clinicians, biomedical engineers, pathologists, pharmacologists) to present and discuss state-of-the art knowledge, to identify open questions and future strategies for basic/experimental research application and potential translation towards the clinical setting. The Seminar will be an ideal forum for networking of experts in the different fields and for establishing collaborations. The Seminar is focused on bringing together young and more experienced investigators in the field in order to stimulate translational research activities through the creation of networks that support researchers at many levels.


Registration to the seminar is now open. If you want to attend complete the online registration form by the registration deadline: Tuesday, 01 December 2020. Admittance to this research seminar is upon selection due to the limited number of places available. Notification of selections will be sent mid mid-January 2021.


Abstract sessions will take place as part of the research seminar. If you are interested in presenting your work, please send your abstracts to by 15 January 2021. Notification of selections will be sent to authors by the end of January 2021.

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