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Europe’s membership association for cancer researchers

Goodbye Flat Biology: In Vivo Inspired Cancer Biology and Therapy

Berlin, Germany : 9 - 12 September 2018


Goodbye Flat Biology brings together researchers who are interested in the techniques and applications of 3D culture at the cancer biology, engineering and drug development interface. The meeting has a reputation for outstanding science, international participation, and excellent opportunities for interaction and networking. Registration places are limited, so don’t miss out!

About the topic

Cancer progression and resistance to therapy in patients are complex processes, involving distinct cancer cell phenotypes and diverse immune and fibroblastic regulators and extracellular co-conspirators. These interactions are themselves affected by the molecular and mechanical properties of the tumour's microenvironment.

The structure, dynamics and molecular reprogramming of a tumour have proven difficult to model in conventional 2D cell culture. The limitations on the biology that can be modelled in 2D culture constrains the processes that can be studied and the targets that can be identified.

Efforts to bridge this gap have led to a renaissance in the development of 3D culture models, with distinct approaches arising from techniques in cell biology, developmental biology, and engineering.

Who should attend?

Faculty, postdocs, and trainees interested in techniques and applications of 3D culture at the intersection of cancer biology, engineering, and drug development.

Industry scientists interested in identifying promising platforms for drug discovery and targets for novel therapies.

Topics to be covered at the conference

  • 3D culture modelling of cancer growth and invasion
  • Model systems and applications for cancer cell-stromal interactions
  • Systems for evaluating the efficacy of novel therapeutics

Scientific Programme Committee

Andrew Ewald (chair) USA


Ellen Van Obberghen-Schilling FRANCE

Emmy Verschuren FINLAND

Maria Vinci ITALY

Key dates

Bursary application deadline:
15 June 2018

Abstract submission deadline:
27 July 2018

Registration deadline:
31 July 2018

100% of the participants from the last edition would recommend the conference to others.

“One of the best and most useful conferences I have attended recently. Excellent top-level scientific content, plenty of opportunities for networking.”


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