This meeting will be an excellent opportunity to discover the latest experimental approaches and future directions in Developmental and Cell Biology as well as to discuss new data and ideas. The program includes world leaders in different fields and a prominent place is also reserved for posters and oral contributions that will be selected from the abstracts for all sessions

Wednesday November 18th

8:30 – 13:00

Outreach & Workshops

08:30 – 10:30

Workshop: Animal experimentation (only in Spanish)

Chairs: Augusto Escalante / Joan Galcerán

09:30 – 10:30

Outreach: Meet Developmental Biology scientists (for high school students, only Spanish)


Workshop: Journals independent Peer Review.

Chairs: Sofia J. Araújo / Teresa Rayon

14:15 – 15:30

Opening Session

14:15 – 14:30 


14:30 – 15:30 

Opening Lecture

Introduction: Sofia J. Araújo

Maria Leptin (EMBL) Mechanical competition alters the cellular interpretation of an endogenous genetic programme

15:30 – 16:50

Session 1        Growth & Scaling

Chair: Sofia J. Araújo / Fernando Casares

15:30 – 15:35

Session Sponsored by Developmental Dynamics (Paul Trainor)

15:35 – 16:05

Marian Ros (IBBTEC):  Deepening our understanding of limb development by assessing the functional activity of limb specific enhancers

16:05 – 16:20

Jesus Lopez-Gay: Scaling between cell area and stress fiber number adjust cell elongation and mechanosensitivity during epithelial tissue dynamics.

16:20 – 16:35

Maria Rosselló: Mitochondrial function could be key in the formation of overgrowths after hippo inhibition in planarian

16:35 – 16:50

Flash talks 

Maria Almuedo Castillo: YAP drives the cell cytoskeleton changes required for directed cell migration during axis elongation

Giovanni Dalmasso: A four-dimensional growing mouse limb bud reconstruction

Carlos Martín-Blanco: Control of growth and regeneration in Cloeon dipterum’s gills

Morena Raiola: 4D Quantitative analysis of heart tube morphogenesis in mouse model

16:50 – 18:00

Break+ Poster Session + Remo Room Session 1

18:00 – 19:15

Session 2        Self organization

Chair: Luciano Marcon / James Sharpe

18:00 – 18:30

Miki Ebisuya (EMBL-Barcelona) Human Time vs. Mouse Time in Recapitulated Systems

18:30 – 18:45

Nora Papai: In vitro differentiated epicardium interacts with self-organizing human cardioids

18:45 – 19:00

Carmen María Gordillo Vázquez: Natural variation in 3D tissue organization

19:00 – 19:15

Flash talks

Pablo Japón: Rules of relationship and the organization of simple multicellular animals

Antonio Tagua: Cell proliferation and three-dimensional epithelial packing are coupled during Sea Star embryonic development

Irene Delgado: Characterizing molecular mechanisms involving Meis in limb initiation and antero-posterior patterning

Jelena Raspopovic: Size-independent symmetry breaking of mouse embryoid bodies

19:15 -20:30 

Remo Room Session 2

20:30 – 21:45

Remo Room AFTER Session 2

Thursday November 19th 

9:00 – 10:15

Session 3        Neurodevelopment

Chair: Augusto Escalante / Fernando García-Moreno


Elisa Martí (IBMB-CSIC): Cell Signalling in Secondary Neurulation

09:30 – 09:45

Teresa Rayon: About time: the species specific pace of motor neuron development

09:45 – 10:00

Cristina Gil-Sanz: Differential gene expression in a subpopulation of early cortical radial glial cells regulates its neurogenic behavior

10:00 – 10:15

Flash talks

Daniel del Toro: Structural basis of Teneurin-Latrophilin interaction in repulsive guidance of migrating neurons

Ismael Hernández Núñez: Loss of active neurogenesis in the adult shark retina

Carlos Sanchez: The +TIP Navigator-1 is an actin-microtubule crosslinker that regulates axonal growth cone motility

Patricia Jarabo: IMPL2 secreted from glial cells modulates neuronal development

10:15 – 11:30

Break+ Poster Session + Remo Room Session 3

11:30 – 13:00

Session 4        Genomes, A Tribute to J.L. Gómez-Skarmeta

Chair: Nacho Maeso / Álvaro Rada-Iglesias

11:30 – 12:00

Tatjana Sauka-Spengler (University of Oxford): Heads or tails: Differential FoxD3 autoregulation controls developmental switch between the neural crest and neuromesodermal progenitors

12:00 – 12:15

Tomas Pachano: Orphan CpG islands dictate the compatibility between poised enhancers and developmental genes

12:15 – 12:30

Francisca Martinez Real: The mole genome reveals regulatory rearrangements associated with adaptive intersexuality

12:30 – 12:45

Flash talks 

Lorena Buono: Analysis of gene network bifurcation during optic cup morphogenesis in zebrafish

Jose M. Santos-Pereira: CTCF knockout in zebrafish links chromatin structure and developmental gene regulation

Sandra Acosta: Intronic enhancers regulate the expression of genes involved in tissue-specific functions and homeostasis

Tore Bleckwehl: Enhancer priming by H3K4 methylation safeguards germline competence

12:45 – 13:15 

A Tribute to J.L. Gómez-Skarmeta

13:15 – 14:25

Break+ Poster Session+ Remo Room Session 4

14:25 – 16:15

Session 5        Cell Biology     

Chair: Laura Bozal-Basterra / Olatz Pampliega / James D. Sutherland


Session Sponsored by Mechanisms of Development (Roberto Mayor)


Plenary Lecture: Monica Bettencourt-Dias (IGC): Centrosomes in Development and Disease

15:30 – 15:45

Esteban Hoijman: An epithelial phagocytic program protects the early embryo using novel actin protrusions

15:45 – 16:00 

Diana Guallar Artal: RNA editing is required for mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition during somatic cell reprogramming

16:00 – 16:15 

Flash talks

Delia Ricolo: Coordinated crosstalk between microtubules and actin by a spectraplakin regulates lumen formation and branching

Carlos Estella: Coordination between cell proliferation and apoptosis after DNA damage

Sergio Navarro-Cartagena: VCC is required for leaf bilateral symmetry in Arabidopsis

Ana Elena Gaspar: Non-apoptotic roles of caspases in cell migration

16:15 – 17:25

Break+ Poster Session+ Remo Room Session 5

17:25 – 18:45 

Session 6        Development & Disease        

Chair: Oscar H Ocaña / Cristina Villa del Campo

17:25 – 17:30

Session Sponsored by Mechanisms of Development (Ondine Cleaver)

17:30 – 18:00

Ramón Muñoz Chapuli (University of Malaga): Origin of endothelium: Ontogeny and Phylogeny

18:00 – 18:15

Khalil Kass Youssef: The control of epithelial/mesenchymal transitional states

18:15 – 18:30

Tamara González-Costa: Role of Ubiquitin Specific Protease 8 (USP8) in cardiac development and disease

18:30 – 18:45

Flash talks

Carlos Camacho de la Macorra: Maternal vgll4a regulates the activity of the actomyosin ring, upstream of Yap1, driving zebrafish epiboly

Raquel Romero Bueno: The role of nuclear envelope proteins BAF-1 and MEL-28 in chromatin organisation

Ines Marques: Repression of wilm’s tumor protein 1 is required to promote myocardial fate

Endika Haro: Identification of limb-specific Lmx1b auto-regulatory modules with Nail-Patella Syndrome pathogenicity

18:45 – 20:00

Remo Room Session 6

20:00 – 21:15

Remo Room AFTER Session 6

Friday November 20th

9:00 – 10:45

Session 7        Evo-Devo

Chair: Fernando García-Moreno / Isabel Almudi

09:00 – 10:00

Naoki Irie (University of Tokio) Developmental robustness may bias macro-evolutionary outcome

10:00 – 10:15

Paula Miramón: Potential adult stem cells give rise to both germinal and somatic lineages in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis

10:15 – 10:30

Thomas Spruce: From regulating alternative splicing in differentiation to restricting placental growth: the evolutionary path of Mbnl3 in Eutherian mammals

10:30 – 10:45

Flash talks

Martin Estermann: Single cell transcriptomics reveals a divergent pattern of lineage specification in embryonic chicken gonads

Irepan Salvador-Martinez: CeLaVi: A Cell Lineage Interactive Visualisation tool

Cristian Cañestro: Deconstruction of the cardiopharyngeal gene network in appendicularians reveals that their free-living style is not a primitive urochordate condition

10:45 – 10:55

DrosAfrica: Building an African biomedical research community using Drosophila (Lola Martín Bermudo)

10:55 – 12:00

Break+ Poster Session + Remo Room Session 7

12:00 – 13:15

Session 8          Regeneration

Chair: Maria Losada-Pérez / Isabel Almudi / Sergio Casas-Tintó

12:00 – 12:30

Florenci Serras (University of Barcelona ): ROS, Stress and Regeneration

12:30 – 12:45

Daniela Romao: Coupling inflammation to maturation defects

12:45 – 13:00

Filipa Simões: Macrophages directly contribute collagen to scar formation during zebrafish heart regeneration and mouse heart repair

13:00 – 13:15

Flash talks 

María Ester De la Cruz Crespillo: The role of Meis transcription factors in the epicardium

Alejandro Castilla-Ibeas: Absence of digit tip regeneration in a mouse model lacking nails

Helena García – Castro: Studying stem cells and differentiation with ACME dissociation and SPLIT-seq

Elena Gracia-Latorre: Development, Regeneration & Tumorigenesis: multi-tasking of a single Wg enhancer

13:15 – 14:15

Prizes and Closing Session

14:15 – 15:30 

Remo Room Session 8

17:15 -18:.30

Remo Room AFTER Session 8


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