Cours international

4th Course "From Pigment Cell Development to Melanomas" - 2015

The course presents the current knowledge in neural crest and melanocytes development as well as how melanocytes undergo tumor progression in adults. It ends with presentation of the most up-to-date therapeutical strategies.

In humans, pigment cells comprise the neural crest-derived melanocytes and the pigmented retina cells. Tumor transformation in both cell types results in cutaneous or uveal melanomas, two usually aggressive and hard-to-treat tumour types. This course will address the development, the differentiation and the migratory behaviour of melanocytes in embryos and melanoma formation and metastasis in adults. Focus will be made on cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling these processes. The course will then address how advanced imaging technologies, systems biology, and in vivo approaches have progressed in melanoma understanding in the last few years. Finally, some directions for therapeutic approaches will be developped.
In the practical part of this course, the notions developped in the seminars and courses will be illustrated by in vivo manipulations in embryos and in vitro cellular manipulation, both followed by advanced imaging analysis.

Organizers: A-H. Monsoro-Burq, S. Saule, P. Pla, C. Borday, M. Locker, F. Coquelle

Master 2 students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with a scientific background are invited to apply to the course. Seminars and talks will be in english. The practical course is open to Paris-Sud 11 students and students registered in another french university.

Course format: Colloquium (1 week, 5 ECTS, 30 students) and Practical Course (3 weeks, 5ECTS, 12 students).

Researchers are welcome to attend the colloquium (free but mandatory registration online).

Practicals : online registration AND email to the organizers (CV, motivation letter, master results)
Colloquium : online registration only.

Practical course : January 5 - 16 & 26 - 30th 2015 / Colloquium (theoretical course) : January 19 - 23rd 2015
19 January 2015

Colloquium : Institut Curie, Research Center, Building 111, 91405 Orsay, France
Practical course: Paris Sud University and Institut Curie, Building 110, Centre Universitaire, 91405 Orsay, France

No financial participation is asked for attending the colloquium. (Particular conditions apply for ECTS validation by Université Paris Sud for external students, a 50 euros fee is due to the University for the whole course: please contact the organizers).

Anne-H. Monsoro-Burq, Simon Saule, Patrick Pla, Caroline Borday, Morgane Locker, Frederic Coquelle

Provide an up-to-date landscape on melanocyte biology, for master and doctoral students as well as for researchers.

Pigment cell development: signals, differentiation and migration
Cell migrations in vivo, in embryos and cancer
Cutaneous and uveal melanomas
High throughput technologies and imaging for tumor analysis
Melanoma and therapies.

Career Development: from academic research to private research.

Joint Institut Curie – Universite Paris-Sud Course.
ECTS will be issued by Université Paris Sud: for Paris Sud  students or students from other french universities with a suitable agreement with Université Paris Sud (fee). The attendence to the practical course is limited to 12 students. Doctoral students wil be able to validate these seminars for their graduate program in agreement with their doctoral school of origin. Attendance certificates will be issued for all participants. For details, please contact the organisers.