First International Conference on Mesenchymal Cells in Health & Disease

Program - Tuesday, June 07

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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. 

Tuesday, June 07

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM
Mesenchymal cells in Homeostasis and Tissue Regeneration
Chairs: Vasiliki Koliaraki and Giovanni D'Angelo
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Stromal lineages crosstalk in postnatal intestinal homeostasis and repair
Lucie Peduto
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Col6a1+/CD201+ mesenchymal cells regulate intestinal morphogenesis and homeostasis
Vasiliki Koliaraki
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Intestinal fibroblasts display transcriptional and spatial heterogeneity in the TnfΔΑRE model of ileitis.
Lida Iliopoulou1, Alejandro Prados1, Christos Tzaferis1, Dimitris Konstantopoulos1, Vasiliki Koliaraki1, and George Kollias1,2
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Fetal/regenerative reprogramming of intestinal epithelium by fibroblast derived Neuregulin-1
Toni Lemmetyinen1, Emma Viitala1, Linnea Wartiovaara1, Eva Domenech Moreno2, Timothy Wang3, and Saara Ollila1
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Primed to resolve: the shoulder capsule informs a cellular basis for resolving inflammatory fibrosis
Michael Ng1, Steven Sansom1, Moustafa Attar1, Hamez Gacaferi1, Caio McHaido1, Sarah Davidson1, Rowie Borst1, Micon Garvilles1, Ian Reekie1, Dylan Windell1, Ananya Bhalla1, Kate Powell4, Paul Klenerman4, Andrew Titchener1, Steve Gwilym1, Chris Little1, Jonathan Rees1, Salma Chaudhury1, Rajat Chaudhury1, Amar Rangan2, Phil Holland2, Dominic Furniss1, Kathrin Jansen1, James Charlesworth1, Andrew Carr1, Derek Gilroy3, Mark Coles1, Christopher Buckley1, and Stephanie Dakin1
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
Mesenchymal cells in Homeostasis and Tissue Regeneration
Chairs: Vasiliki Koliaraki and Giovanni D'Angelo
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Rigid anatomies
Yuval Rinkevich
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sphingolipids Control Dermal Fibroblast Heterogeneity
Laura Capolupo1, Irina Khven2, Alex R. Lederer2, Luigi Mazzeo3, Galina Glousker4, Sylvia Ho1, Francesco Russo5, Jonathan Montoya1, Dhaka R. Bhandari6, Andrew P. Bowman7, Shane R. Ellis7,8, Romain Guiet9, Olivier Burri9, Johanna Detzner10, Johannes Muthing10, Krisztian Homicsko11,12,13, François Kuonen14, Michel Gilliet14, Bernhard Spengler6, Ron M.A. Heeren7, Paolo Dotto15,16, Gioele La Manno2, and Giovanni D’Angelo 1,5
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Fibroblast heterogeneity and versatility in skin homeostasis and wound repair
Xiaoyan Sun, Karl Annusver, Tim Dalessandri, and Maria Kasper
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM
Mesenchymal Osr1 cells orchestrate lymph node initiation
Pedro Vallecillo Garcia, Glenda Comai, Claudia Giesecke-Thiel, Uta Höpken, Mickael Orgeur, and Sigmar Stricker
12:45 PM - 01:15 PM
Round table “The future of mesenchymal research”
01:15 PM - 02:45 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Farewell Dinner