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tsmit20
07-15-2010, 03:57 PM
Dear Colleague,



We are happy to announce the 4th European Cell Mechanics Meeting (CellMech 2011) to be held

17-19 October 2011 at the historical building of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.



Cellular functions and behavior depend critically on their mechanical properties. Furthermore, their ability to sense and respond to environmental mechanical signals has dramatic effects on many cell decisions including cell fate and cell death. In an interdisciplinary approach a rapidly growing field of scientists focuses experimentally as well as theoretically on various aspects of cell mechanics. This conference will address this interdisciplinary topic, covering aspects of:

* Cell mechanics and relation to migration, adhesion, and traction generation

* Cell mechanics in relation to tissue development/engineering/disease

* In vitro experiments concerning cytoskeletal mechanics

* Theoretical modelling of cell mechanics and mechano-responsiveness

* Mechanics of growth of plant cells and/or yeast cells



Invited speakers (confirmed) are:

* Matthieu Piel, Institut Curie, France

* Donald Ingber, Harvard University, USA

* Nir Gov, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

* Anja Geitmann, Université de Montreal, Canada

* Andreas Bausch, Technische Universität München, Germany



The following keywords can be assigned to this meeting:

* Cell rheology

* Cell adhesion

* Cell motility

* Cell contraction

* Nanobiomechanics

* Mechanobiology

* Mechanotransduction and response

* Cytoskeleton





Pre-registration is now open. Please visit the conference website http://www.amolf.nl/cellmech2011 to access the online pre-registration form. On the website you will also find information on the program and venue.

Organising Committee

* Chair: Gijsje Koenderink, FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam

* Marileen Dogterom, FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam

* Bela Mulder, FOM Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam

* Theo Smit, VU University medical center (VUmc), Amsterdam



We look forward to welcome you at the CellMech 2011 for what we anticipate to be a very enjoyable and professionally rewarding experience.

Dr. Gijsje Koenderink

FOM Institute AMOLF

Chair CellMech 2011