Kai Simons will deliver the opening keynote lecture and explain how intricate changes in membrane structure can influence how cells work. In further keynote lectures, Hans Clevers will discuss how stem cells are involved in self-renewal and disease and Sir Michael Stratton will talk about how genetic changes contribute to cancer in humans. Peter Hegemann and Georg Nagel will discuss optogenetics.
The Future of Cancer Genomics, Monday 23 September at 11-12 am
Press panel with Sir Michael Stratton, Thijn Brummelkamp and Kári Stefánsson. The panelists will speak and answer questions from the press on research underway to help diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. Topics include the cancer genome, diagnostics, genetic risk factors for cancer and genetic variation.
Meet the Press with Anne Glover, Monday 23 September at 6 pm
Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission, will speak and answer questions from the press about the roles of scientists, the media, and the European Commission in making the work of scientists more accessible to society. She will also talk about some challenging areas where communication needs to be improved.
Scientific programme highlights include:Jürgen Knoblich speaking about neural stem cells and brain development in Drosophila and humans.
The full programme can be viewed at www.the-embo-meeting.org.
Online press registration and more information for journalists are available at: www.the-embo-meeting.org/press.html. The link to the Abstract Book will be emailed to registered participants and journalists a week before the conference starts. Interviews can be arranged with speakers prior to the conference or on site. A dedicated press room can be found in room G101 on the first floor of the Amsterdam RAI.
Media contactsBarry Whyte, Head, EMBO Public Relations & Communications
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