First International Conference on Mesenchymal Cells in Health & Disease

Program - Monday, June 06

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    Please note that Crete has two airports. You want to arrive at the Chania International Airport (code: CHQ) and take a taxi from the airport to the hotel (~60 EUR). You may also rent a car at the airport and drive to the conference center. Alternatively the other airport (HER) is a two-hour drive to the Conference Center.

    Accommodation Tax

    An accommodation tax of € 4.00 per room night will apply, and will be charged automatically to the individual guest’s extras accounts. 


    Accommodations for the conference are at the Avra Imperial Hotel.  The hotel is located in Kolymbari, 39 km from Chania International Airport, 23 km from the Souda Harbor, and 23 km west of Chania town center.  Please take a taxi from the airport to the conference venue. 

    Arrival and Check-in

    It is expected that attendees will arrive/check-in after 3:00 PM. Anyone arriving after 10:30 pm on the first day should make alternative dinner arrangements.

    Conference Venue

    The Avra Imperial Conference Center is located at the hotel. 

    Handicapped Accessibility

    The site is fully handicapped accessible.

    Oral Presentations

    Speakers are asked to bring their USB flash drive to the reception desk at least 30 minutes prior to the session.  The allocated time for all presentations, unless otherwise indicated, includes five minutes Q&A.

    City Tour

    Buses for the city tour will depart from the hotel front lobby at 3:30 pm. Badges are required for participation. 


    Breakfast for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served at the Avra Imperial Hotel main restaurant during the hours scheduled in this program. 

    Lunches/Informal Discussions

    Lunches for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served during the times indicated in this program at the main restaurant and only after the session has finished. Badges are required for admission.

    Dinners/Informal Discussions

    Three of the dinners/informal discussion will be served during the times indicated in the program. Vegetarian entrees are available only upon request in advance of the meeting.  Please contact 

    Internet, Phone, & Computer

    Wireless Internet access is located throughout the conference center free of charge during meeting hours. There are computers available in the hotel’s business center for the use of the attendees. Phone service is available for an additional charge from your hotel room.

    Certificate of Participation

    A Certificate of Participation will be distributed to a participant for those sessions that the participant has attended. A participant must attend an entire session to receive credit for that particular session. Late arrivals and early departures from a session will preclude a participant from receiving credit for that session. 

    Passports and Visa
    Participants are advised to check on their individual requirements before attending any Aegean Conference meeting. Visa applications should be filed at the nearest Greek Embassy in the country in which you are resident, at least three months prior to the anticipated departure date.

    Letters of Invitation
    Letters of invitation to attend an Aegean Conference meeting will be issued only to:

    • Authors of accepted abstracts
    • Fully paid registrants

    Note: Invitations are issued at the discretion of Aegean Conferences, and requests for letters will be accepted only 60 days prior to the conference start date.

    Liability and Insurance
    Neither the organizers, nor the Aegean Conferences will assume any responsibility whatsoever for damage or injury to persons or property during meeting period. Participants are advised to arrange their own personal travel and health insurance.  

    Other Information

    Animals are not permitted on site.

    Badges are required for admission to all events.

    All Aegean Conferences events are non-smoking.

    No Photographs and Recording Devices

    Participants are not allowed to photograph and/or record using cameras, mobile telephones and other recording devices during the slide and poster presentations. 

    Code of Conduct Policy 

    Aegean Conferences is committed to making its meetings an inclusive space for sharing ideas and knowledge. The code of conduct can be viewed here. 

Monday, June 06

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Mesenchymal cells in cancer
Chairs: Gian Paolo Dotto and Sara Zanivan
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Androgen signaling as negative determinant of cancer associated fibroblast (CAF) activation at the interface between gene transcription and DNA stability
Gian-Paolo Dotto
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The peripheral adaptive immune mesenchyme in cancer
Maria Tsoumakidou
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Tissue-resident fibroblasts contribute to functionally distinct CAF subpopulations in breast cancer
Julia Houthuijzen1, Roebi de Bruijn1, Anne-Paulien Drenth1, Eline van der Burg1, Ellen Wientjens1, Mirjam Boelens1, Marja Nieuwland, Iris de Rink, Frank van Diepen5, Colinda Scheele3, Sjoerd Klarenbeek4, Ron Kerkhoven, and Jos Jonkers1
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Stromal cell - neutrophil interactions are driving a pro-tumor microenvironment in multiple myeloma
Madelon de Jong1, Cathelijne Fokkema1, Teddie van Heusden1, Natalie Papazian1, Michael Vermeulen1, Sabrin Tahri1, Pieter van de Woestijne2, Mark van Duin1, Annemiek Broijl1, Pieter Sonneveld1, and Tom Cupedo1
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Mesenchymal cells in cancer
Chairs: Gian Paolo Dotto and Sara Zanivan
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
CAF metabolism drives pro-tumorigenic remodelling of the tumour microenvironment
Sara Zanivan
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
THE EMBO LECTURE: Cell mechanotransduction and ECM remodeling in health and disease
Miguel Del Pozo Barriuso
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM
Targeting mesothelial-to-mesenchymal transition in ovarian cancer peritoneal metastasis
Pilar Sandoval1, Lucía Pascual-Antón1, Henar Tomero-Sanz1, Ricardo Sainz de la Cuesta2, Lucía González-Cortijo3, José Antonio Jiménez-Heffernan4, Myriam Fabre5, and Manuel López-Cabrera1
12:45 PM - 01:00 PM
Ioanna Angelioudaki1, Agapi Kataki2, Efthymios Koniaris3, Alexandros Tzingounis1, Alexandros Mitrousias1, Loukas Stoupis1, and Manousos Konstadoulakis1
01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
03:00 PM - 07:30 PM
City Tour
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussions