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Past workshops


9.30 – 10.00.


María D. Mayán Santos. Institute for Biomedical Research of A Coruña (INIBIC), Spain.

María Isabel González Siso Deputy director Advanced Scientific Research Center (CICA), Spain.

10.00 – 11.30.

Session chair Paula Carpintero Fernández. Institute for Biomedical Research of A Coruña (INIBIC), Spain.

Targeting metabolic plasticity and autophagy in glioma stem cells with TAT-Cx43-266-283.
Arantxa Tabernero. Institute of Neuroscience Castilla y León (INCyL), University of Salamaca, Spain.

Respiratory disturbances in the neonatal Cx36-knockout mouse: Mechanism of generation of periodic Cheyne-Stokes breathing.
Luis Barrio. Ramón y Cajal Institute for Health Research (IRYCIS), Spain.

Go with the flow – regulation of endothelial Pannexin1 by wall shear stress.
Brenda Kwak. Institute of Genetics and Genomics in Geneva, Switzerland.

The other life of Cx43 beyond gap junctions-mediated intercellular communication.
Henrique Girao. Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research (iCBR) – Faculty of Medicine of University of Coimbra.

11.30 – 12.00.


12.00 – 14.00.

Extracellular vesicles (EVs): a cross-kingdom communication system.
Antonella Bongiovanni. Institute for Biomedical Research and Innovation (IRIB), Palermo, Italy.

EV heterogeneity and functional consequences.
Lorena Martin-Jaular. Institut Curie, France.

Cx43-containing extracellular vesicles as new therapeutic approach for cancer therapy.
María Mayán. Institute for Biomedical Research of A Coruña (INIBIC), Spain.

Protrusion-mediated intercellular communication in cancer..
Trond Aasen. Vall d’Hebron Institute de Recerca (VHIR), Barcelona, Spain.


October 6

9.00 h. Welcome. María Mayán. INIBIC, Spain, Mathieu Vinken.Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Session 1

Chair: María Mayán (INIBIC)

9.10 h. Mathieu Vinken. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

9.40 h. Rafael Gozalbes. ProtoQSAR SL, Spain.

10.10 h. Brenda Kwak. Université de Genève, Switzerland.

10 min Break

10.50 h. Steven Ballet. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

11.20 h. María Mayán. INIBIC, Spain

11.50 h. Mathieu Vinken. Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

10 min Break

12.30 h. Discussion

12.40 h. Break

Session 2

Chair: Mathieu Vinken Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Keynote lectures

13.30 h. Esther Lutgens. Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands.

14.15 h. Beatrice Coornaert. Galapagos NV, Belgium.

15.00 h. Break

15.15 h. General discussion. PANACHE

October 7

Session 3

Chair: María Mayán (INIBIC)

9.00 h. Keynote lecture. Leigh Anne Swayne. University of Victoria, Canada.

10.00 h. Flash presentations (young researchers)

11.30 h. Break

14.30 h. Keynote lecture. Rob Gourdie. Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, USA.

13.00 h. Flash presentations (young researchers)

Session 4. Workshop.

Chairs: María Mayán (INIBIC) and Brenda Kwak (UNIGE)

16.00 h. Communication skills, Ethics and Women in Science. Presenters: María Mayán and Brenda Kwak

Lluís Montoliu. Ethics in Biomedical Research. Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB-CSIC). President of the CSIC Ethics Committee. SPAIN.

Ashani T. Weeraratna. Women in Science. Department Chair, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. USA.

Alexia-Ileana Zaromytidou. Chief Editor, Nature Cancer. Nature Research



11.30 – 12:00 COFFE BREAK
12.00 – 13.30 Guided visit to MUNCYT

Extracellular vesicles-mediated communication in cardiovascular diseases. Henrique Girao. University of Coimbra. Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research (iCBR), Portugal.

Anticonvulsant effects of boldine, a blocker of astroglial connexin-43 hemichannels. Luis Barrio. IRYCIS, Spain.

Pannexin1 as a potential target for prevention of cardiac ischemia/reperfusion injury. Olga Rusiecka. University of Geneva Medical School, Switzerland.

Connexins – therapeuric targets in skin disease. Patricia Martin. Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland.

A multifaceted role for Panx1 in atherosclerosis. Brenda R. Kwak. University of Geneva Medical School, Switzerland.


Session Chairs:

Mathieu Vinken, Vrije Universiteit Brussel-Belgium. Belgium  

A multiomics approach to cardiovascular disease

Manuel Mayr. King’s College London. UK

Impact of Bisphenol A on the hypothalamic control of puberty onset.

Francisco Ruiz. Instituto Maimónides de Investigación Biomédica de Córdoba. (IMIBIC), Spain.




Session Chairs:

Silvia Penuela. The University of Western Ontario. Canada

Mathieu Vinken. Vrije Universiteit Brussel-Belgium. Belgium  

Non-Coding RNAs as biomarkers for Myocardial Injury

Christian Schulte. King’s College London. UK

Optogenetics: unraveling the mysteries of the brain

Juan Roa Rivas. IMIBIC Córdoba. Spain




Session Chairs:

Mathieu Vinken. Vrije Universiteit Brussel-Belgium, Belgium

Lab tools in Neuroscience

Rafael Pineda Reyes. Universidad de Córdoba. IMIBIC. Córdoba. Spain

MicroRNAs in Cardiovascular Disease

Temo Barwari. King´s College. London. UK