7th Annual Symposium
Physics of Cancer
Leipzig, Germany
October 4-6, 2016
The scientific program consists of invited and contributed talks as well as a poster session. The detailed web schedule including abstracts is available below. Please, pay attention to last-minute rearrangements. Additionally, all participants will receive a printed program booklet that you may also download as a PDF file.

Program Booklet (PDF, 6,1 MByte)
Schedule Overview (PDF, 87 KByte)

All talk sessions take place at Haus des Buches, large conference hall, ground floor. Contributed talks are allocated 15 min including discussion, whereas invited talks are allocated 20 min plus 10 min discussion.

The session for poster presentation takes place at the Haus des Buches. During this session, there will be a snack buffet for all participants. The poster boards will be marked with the number according to the scientific program. Posters must fit within a rectangle 90 cm wide and 120 cm high (DIN A0), portrait format. The material necessary to mount the poster (pins or "Poster Strips") will be provided.

Tuesday - October 4, 2016
11:00 13:00
Conference check-in and on-site registration
13:00 13:15
Opening | Welcome
Session I: Functional Mechanics of Cancer Cells 
13:15 13:45
Effect of Hyaluronic Acid on Mechanoresponse of Cancer Cells
Paul Janmey (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
13:45 14:15
Phenotyping Single Cell Derived Microtissues by Time-Resolved Imaging and Molecular Sequencing
Roland Eils (German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany)
14:15 14:30
Change Matters: A Time-Varying Parameter Model for Cell Migration
Christoph Mark (Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
14:30 14:45
NanoTemper Technologies GmbHTA Instruments - High Performance Thermal and Rheological Characterization
Matthias Quaißer  (TA Instruments AG, Germany) 
14:45 15:15
Micro-Structured Surfaces for Assessment of Migratory Phenotypes
Joachim Rädler
(Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany)
15:15 15:45
Coffee break
15:45 16:15
Cytoskeleton Mechanics and Forces in Cancer
Allen Ehrlicher (McGill University, Montréal, Canada)
16:15 16:45
Liver Mechanics and Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Rebecca Wells (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
16:45 17:15
Probing the Physical Properties of the Microenvironment Niche
Kandice Tanner (National Cancer Institute, USA)
17:15 17:30
Insights about the Role of Single- and Double-Strand Breaks in Cancer Radiotherapy
Fabrizio Cleri (Lille University I, France)
17:30 18:00
Physical Dynamics of Cancer Response to Chemotherapy in 3D Microenvironments: 
A Platform to Examine Complex Physical and Chemical Microenvironments
Lisa J. McCawley
(Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, USA)
18:00 18:15
LINC-ing the Nucleus, the Cytoskeleton and Cancer
Patricia M. Davidson (Institut Curie, France)

Round table: All participants are invited to join a barbecue.
(Faculty of Physics and Earth Sciences, Linnéstr. 5, 04103 Leipzig)

Wednesday - October 5, 2016

Session II: Membranes and the Cytoskeleton 
08:30 09:00
Cancer Metastasis in Bone: Investigating the Role of Cancer Cell Interaction with Bone Matrix Proteins and Mesenchymal Stem Cells on the Single Cell Level
Hauke Clausen-Schaumann (University of Applied Sciences Munich, Germany)
 09:00 -09:30 Measuring and Modeling Collective Cell Migration
Wolfgang Losert (University of Maryland, USA)
09:30 10:00
Cytoskeletal Intermediate Filaments - from Self-Assembly to Cell Mechanics
Sarah Köster
(Georg August University Göttingen, Germany) 
10:00 10:15
JPK InstrumentsMultiparametric Imaging of Collagen I Self-Assembly, and Cytoskeleton 
Reorganisation in Living Cells
Dimitar Stamov (JPK Instruments AG)
10:15 10:45
Coffee break
10:45 11:15
The Mechanical Control of CNS Development and Disease
Kristian Franze
(University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
11:15 11:30
Matrix Adhesion Sites Drive 3D Cancer Cell Migration through Direct Force 
Coupling to the Nucleus
Tobias Zech (University of Liverpool, United Kingdom)
11:30 11:45
Fiber Slippage in Collagen Matrices Enables Long-range Transmission of Mechanical Signals Between Local Cells
Hamid Mohammadi (The Francis Crick Institute, London, United Kingdom)
11:45 12:15
Mechanics of Cancer Cell Invasion in Vivo
Peter Friedl (The University of Texas, Houston, USA) 
12:15 12:30
Investigating Heterogeneity of Tumor Mechanical Properties with Super-Resolution Multifrequency Magnetic Resonance Elastography
Eric Barnhill (Charité Berlin, Germany)
12:30 13:00
Bacteria-Associated Cancer Theranostics:
When Bacteria Meet Cancer
Jung Joon Min (Chonnam National University Medical School, Republic of Korea)
Poster Session
13:00 15:30
Presentation of the contributed posters with discussions and lunch buffet
- in front of lecture hall - 
  • Guided City Tour with Josef Käs
  • Social event for invited speakers: Dinner at "Auerbachs Keller"

Thursday - October 6, 2016
Session III: Cell Migration in Cancer Convergent Science Physical Oncology by IOP Publishing
08:30 09:00
Novel Methods to Study Cancer Cell Migration and Invasion
Ben Fabry (Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
09:00 09:30
Mechanical Aspects of Angiogenesis
Stefan Zahler (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany)
09:30 10:00
Basement Membrane Fragments Contribute to the Regulation of the Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition
Christine-Maria Horejs (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
10:00 10:30
Coffee break
10:30 11:00
Mechanobiology, Migration and Coordinated Cell-Remodeling in Invading Breast-Cancer Cells
Daphne Weihs
(Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel and CSPO journal)
11:00 11:30
Gene Therapy Coming of Age
Dietger Niederwieser (University Hospital Leipzig, Germany)
11:30 12:00
Programming the Mechanical Properties of Bionic Networks
Jörg Schnauß (University of Leipzig, Germany)
12:00 12:30
Employing Nanostructured Scaffolds for Long-Term Adult Tissue Culture and Investigation of Tissue Mechanics at the Nanoscale
Mareike Zink (University of Leipzig, Germany)
12:30 14:00
Session IV: Micro Tools in Cancer Research
14:00 14:30
Condensing DNA into Nanostructures
Friedrich Simmel (Technical University Munich, Germany)
14:30 15:00
Why Do Rigid Tumors Contain Soft Cancer Cells?
Josef A. Käs (University of Leipzig, Germany)
15:00 15:30
Dynamics of Circular Dorsal Ruffles and their Role in Cancer
Hans-Günther Döbereiner (University of Bremen, Germany)
15:30 16:00
Cell Binding Peptides from Statistical Analysis of Random Peptide Phage Display Libraries
Michael Szardenings
(Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, Leipzig, Germany)
16:00 16:30
Coffee break
Special Focus Session: Programming Nanomaterials Against Cancer
16:30 17:00
Spatial Signalling at the membrane
Ana Teixeira (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
17:00 17:30
Bottom-up Engineering of Nanoscale Devices to Program Biological Materials
David M. Smith
(Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, Leipzig, Germany)
17:30 17:45
NanoTemper Technologies GmbHNovel Tools for Discovery, Development and QC of Therapeutic (Bio)Molecules
Tobias Pflüger (NanoTemper Technologies GmbH, Germany)
17:45 18:15
Membrane - Targeting DNA Nanostructures
Ralf Seidel (University of Leipzig, Germany)
18:15 18:45
Death by Gold: 
Targeting Invasive Glioblastoma Cells by Peptide - Functionalized Gold Nanorods
Diana Goncalves-Schmidt
(Leibniz-Institut for Polymer Research Dresden, Germany)
Prospective end

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