Epithelia: The Building Blocks of Multicellularity

Epithelia are the major building blocks of tissues. Specialised epithelial cells constitute the dominant executors of tissue-specific physiological functions. Epithelia are also the main drivers of wound repair, and - not surprisingly - they are also the source of most cancers. Epithelial biology is studied from different perspectives and by different cell-biological sub-disciplines. Yet, it is obvious that a comprehensive understanding of epithelial function can only result from the integration of insights that emanate from these different fields: stem cell biology, polarity and morphogenesis, EMT, adhesion, barrier function, motility, uptake and secretion.
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Axelrod
Jeff Axelrod
Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Batlle
Eduard Batlle
IRB Barcelona - Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Spain

Baum
Buzz Baum
University College London, United Kingdom

Blanpain
Cedric Blanpain
WELBIO, Universtité Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Blasco
Maria Blasco
CNIO, Spain

Bronner
Marianne Bronner
California Institute of Technology, USA

Brugge
Joan S. Brugge
Harvard Medical School, USA

Eaton
Susan Eaton
The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Germany

Eaves
Connie J. Eaves, Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency, Canada

Fuller
Margaret T. Fuller
Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Hall
Michael N. Hall
University of Basel, Switzerland

Heisenberg
Carl-Philipp Heisenberg
Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), Austria

Krasnow
Mark Krasnow
HHMI/Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Lecuit
Thomas Lecuit
IBDM CNRS & Aix-Marseille Université, France

Montell
Denise Montell
University of California, USA

Nelson
James Nelson
Stanford University, USA

Nusse
Roel Nusse
Stanford University, School of Medicine, USA

Piccolo
Stefano Piccolo
University of Padua Medical School, Italy

Robertson
Liz Robertson
The Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, United Kingdom

Sasai
Yoshiki Sasai
RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan

Shilo
Benny Shilo
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Watt
Fiona Watt
King's College London School of Medicine, United Kingdom

Winton
Doug Winton
Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute (CR-UK CI), United Kingdom

Zallen
Jennifer Zallen
Sloan-Kettering Institute, USA

Kim
Carla Kim
Children's Hospital Boston

Lehmann
Ruth Lehmann
HHMI/New York University School of Medicine, USA

27 Aug - 30 Aug 2014
heidelberg
Germany
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