Cours international

6th course on Cytoskeleton: Cytoskeleton in cell-matrix interactions - 2014

Cell biology, cell migration and division, extracellular matrix, basement membrane

The general objective of this course is to understand the role of the cytoskeleton in cell interaction with the microenvironment at different levels: molecular, cellular and in the living organism. The course will provide introductions to the main cytoskeleton networks as well as to the physical and biochemical properties of extracellular matrices. It will cover general mechanisms of cell interaction with the matrix, migration and invasion in relevant microenvironment with a more particular focus on the role of cytoskeleton-based organelles in these basic cellular functions.

Organizers: Danijela Vignjevic and Guillaume Montagnac

PhD or Master students (Master 2)

22 participants will be selected among PhD and Master students of all nationalities on the basis of research interests and motivation statement.
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 3 ECTS at Master program UPMC at Paris 6.
Lecturers and participants will be both physicists and biologists. Conferences will be in English. Each day will include four-five one hour lectures plus participants' presentations.

April 23 - 29, 2014
7 February 2014

Institut Curie, amphi Burg, 12, rue Lhomond - 75005 Paris

Mid-February 2014

No registration fees are requested.
All lunches and 3 dinners will be provided by Institut Curie. For those who need it, lodging in double rooms will be provided by Institut Curie for the 7 nights (Wednesday April 23rd-Wednesday April 30th 2014). Participants' home laboratories are responsible for paying for travel. We advise participants living outside Paris and its area to plan to arrive on Wednesday morning April 23rd in the afternoon/evening and depart not before Wednesday April 30th in the morning.

Danijela Vignjevic, CNRS UMR 144 and Guillaume Montagnac CNRS UMR 144

Synthesis and deposition of extracellular matrices
Physical and biochemical properties of extracellular matrices
Biogenesis of cell adhesions to the extracellular matrices
Role of cytoskeleton in cell migration and invasion
Extracellular matrix turnover and degradation
Cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix in cancers
Cell-matrix interactions in development

Each participant will give a 10 minute oral presentation of his/her work (maximum 3 powerpoint slides) and will have 5 minutes to answer questions.

UPMC, University Paris 6

Pierre Gilles de Gennes pour la Recherche