Cours international

4th course on Cytoskeleton: Cell Migration and Invasion - 2012

Cell biology, cell migration and invasion, cytoskeleton

The general objective of this course is to understand the role of the cytoskeleton in cell migration and invasion at different levels: molecular, cellular and in the living organism. The course will cover general mechanism of cell migration in 2D and 3D substrates; different modes of migration such as single and collective cell migration; and it will provide the examples of normal cell migration during tissue morphogenesis and invasion migration of cancer cells.
Lecturers and participants will be both physicists and biologists. Conferences will be in English. Each day will include five one hour lectures plus participant presentations.

Organizers: Guillaume Montagnac, Danijela Vignjevic

PhD and Master 2 students

22 participants will be selected among PhD and Master students of all nationalities on the basis of research interests and motivation statement. Each participant will give a 15 minute oral presentation of his/her work (maximum 3 power point slides). Successful completion of the course can count toward training hours (3ECTS or 20 hours) for French graduate schools such as "Complexité du Vivant" and "Frontières du Vivant" or 6 ECTS at Master program UPMC at Paris 6.

We advise participants living outside Paris and its area to plan to arrive on Sunday April 15th in the afternoon/evening and depart not before Saturday April 21st in the morning.

April 16th - 20, 2012
7 February 2012

Institut Curie, 12 rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris

Mid-February 2012

No registration fees are requested. All lunches and all dinners (except on Thursday) will be provided by the Institut Curie. For those who are interested, accommodation in double rooms can be provided and reimbursed by the Institut Curie for the 6 nights (Sunday April 15th-Friday April 20th 2012). Participants' home laboratories are responsible for paying for travel.

Guillaume Montagnac, UMR 144
Danijela Vignjevic, UMR 144

Cytoskeleton in cell shape and cell polarity
Actin based motility
Focal adhesions
Cell migration in the confined environment
Migration of dendritic cells
Amoeboid and mesenchimal cell migration
Collective cell migration
Cell migration during tissue morphogenesis
Invasive migration of cancer cells
Imaging cell migration and invasion in vivo


Fondation Pierre-Gilles de Gennes