International multidisciplinary courses

Institut Curie and UPMC organize their 4th International Developmental Biology course in collaboration with the Regenerative and Developmental Biology programme of Harvard University and the Stowers Institute for Medical sciences of Kansas City from September 23 to October 25, 2013.
Practicals: September 23 - October 12, 2013 (3 weeks)
Lectures: October 14 - 25, 2013 (2 weeks)

Organizers: Claire Fournier-Thibault, Muriel Umbhauer, Yohanns Bellaïche, Jean-René Huynh

This European Course has been organised with the European Network for Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer (ENTYAC) and will discuss the global approach to taking care of TYA cancer patients. Points of discussion include: - a multi-professional, pan-European point of view, including paediatric and adult cancer and health care specialists - an exchange of information between clinical and biological approaches. We aim to better understand and compare the multi-disciplinary and international approaches which can improve clinical practice and patient care.

Organizers: Valérie Laurence - François Doz -  Sue Morgan - Riccardo Riccardi - Dan Stark - Laurence Brugières

The general objective of this course is to understand the role of the cytoskeleton in cell functions at different levels: molecular, cellular and in the living organism. The course will introduce all three cytoskeleton networks: actin, microtubules and intermediate filaments. The course will cover general mechanisms of cell migration, cell polarity and cell division focusing on the role of cytoskeleton-dependent trafficking and cytoskeleton-based organelles such as the centrosome.
Lecturers and participants will be both physicists and biologists. Conferences will be in English. Each day will include four-five one-hour lectures and participant presentations in English.

Organizers: Danijela Vignjevic, Guillaume Montagnac

Key to the proper inheritance of the genetic information, cells should duplicate their genome before mitosis and avoid mutagenesis. The course will describe the mechanisms and the regulations that ensure the maintenance of genetic information across cell generations. Focus will be put on initiation and completion of replication along the bulk chromosomes and at specific regions such as the telomeres ; the pathways of DNA repair and recombination ; the relationships linking replication stress to the formation of DNA damages ; the signalling of intrinsic and environmentally induced DNA damages ; the interferences with the transcriptional activity ; the variety of cellular responses to damages including the generation of chromosome rearrangements and oncogenesis. A large set of experimental methods involving genetic, molecular, cellular, biochemical approaches will be taught.

Organizers: Michelle Debatisse, Alain Nicolas, Franck Toledo, Members of Unit IC/CNRS UMR3244/UPMC


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: Anne-Hélène Monsoro-Burq, Simon Saule, Fabrice Cordelières, Morgane Locker, Odile Bronchain, Frédérique Coquelle

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of the epigenetic mechanisms and their link to chromatin dynamics. The different functions of the nucleus involving the genome and its organization will be discussed with an emphasis on technological limits and recently developed experimental approaches. Links between defects in nuclear function and organization and their impact on the development of human pathologies will also be discussed.

The success of the course relies on an active participation of the trainees which are expected to engage in all of the organized events in a highly proactive way. This includes i) the poster presentation of their own scientific project, ii) the active participation to the Journal Club by reviewing and presenting key articles in the field chosen by the speakers), iii) the participation to the brunch on carrier development (Saturday morning) and to the epi-Courses such as the “Art & Science” workshop.

Organizers: Geneviève Almouzni, Nathalie Dostatni

One of the major goals of this course is to give an overview of potential impact of the non coding part of the genome during the cell life. This covers not only regulatory non-coding RNAs, but also unknown ncRNAs such as those emerging from repetitive sequences, both playing a crucial role in the expression and maintenance of the genomes.The course will describe the biogenesis pathways of different ncRNAs, as well as the mechanisms of gene regulation and genome defence implicating these RNAs. It will cover recent achievements in ncRNA detection, emerging findings of novel ncRNA species in the context of development, cellular differentiation and human diseases.
This course is validated by UPMC - Paris VI University - 3ECTS or equivalent of 35 hours

Organizers: Déborah Bourc'his, Edith Heard, Marta Kwapisz, Arturo Londono, Antonin Morillon, Marina Pinskaya, Franck Toledo

The Institut Curie and UPMC organize their 3rd International Developmental Biology course in collaboration with the Regenerative and Developmental Biology programme of Harvard University from September 24 to October 26 2012.
Practicals: September 24 - October 12, 2012 (3 weeks)
Lectures: October 15 - 26, 2012 (2 weeks)

Organizers: Claire Fournier-Thibault, Muriel Umbhauer, Yohanns Bellaïche, Jean-René Huynh

For the fifth year, the  European  course  of  ‘in  vivo  Preclinical  Assays  in  Cancer  Therapy’ is  jointly organized with the NKI in Amsterdam. The Symposium on Preclinical Assays in Cancer Therapy is an extensive training program designed to educate and update the biomedical research community on current  trends  and  technological  advances  in vivo  preclinical  assays  in  cancer. 

Organizers: Sven Rottenberg (NKI), Jos Jonkers (NKI), Elisabetta Marangoni (Institut Curie), Virginie Dangles-Marie (Institut Curie)

Cell biology applied to different biological systems: Immunology, Host-Pathogen Interactions, cytoskeletal remodeling, phagocytosis and autophagy, mitotic spindle formation.

Organizers: Ana-Maria Lennon, Claire Hivroz, Ariel Savina, Matias Ostrowski (Argentine)