Third Achilles Conference Program

Final FoReCaST Conference Program

Third Achilles Workshop

Gene & Cell Therapy and clinical applications
Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda, Porto, Portugal
25 | 27 October 2021

In the framework of the TWINNING H2020 European project ACHILLES  (, focused on overcoming specific weaknesses in tendon biology to advance the design of advanced regenerative therapies, we have been organizing a series of International Conferences in the recent years. The Third Achilles Workshop will take place in Porto, Portugal, from the 25th to the 27th of October 2021, and will focus on Gene & Cell Therapy and clinical applications. The event is organized for students and young researchers interested in key aspects of gene/cellular therapies for tendon repair, translational science, and clinical trials for tendon injuries treatment. 

The Third Achilles Workshop  is being planned to be held as a hybrid event, while assuring all the necessary safety precautions regarding COVID-19 pandemic, privileging the presence of both speakers and participants. This event will strictly follow all the directives of DGS (Directorate-General of Health  - Portuguese Health Authority). The Venue will be prepared with all the protective measures and with the stamp Clean & Safe that follows the current guidelines of the Health Authorities.


Conference Chairs


Final FoReCaST Conference

2D and 3D in vitro Tissue Models for Drug Screening: Strengths and Limitations of the Cancer Models
Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda, Porto, Portugal
27 | 29 October 2021

This final conference will organise the 3B's Research Group, focusing on 2D and 3D in vitro Tissue Models for Drug Screening: Strengths and Limitations of the Cancer Models. A range of world scientific leaders will be meeting and presenting their latest research. This conference will cover the most relevant topics related to tissue-engineered models for drug screening, cell/tissue interactions within 3D cell co-cultures, advanced nanotechnology tools in cancer research, and high throughput analysis of cancer biomarkers to decipher the tumorigenesis process and metastasis. In this context, the 3B's Research Group from the University of Minho will strategically use the knowledge gained during the last ~22 years in biomaterial sciences and tissue engineering to consolidate this new cancer research topic.

Besides a cutting-edge scientific program in the field of in vitro 3D cancer models, we have included dynamic interdisciplinary discussion meetings on the closely related research areas of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, stem cell research.  A social program will allow informal interactions between the participants and delightful experiences in Porto's beautiful and hospitable city.


The objectives of this final conference are:

  • The discussion of scientific and technological updates as well as new methodologies in this field;
  • The development of collaborative platforms to enhance the research and share of knowledge;
  • The anticipation of emergent technologies with scientific and technological impacts;

All these features are essential to improve the level and quality of cancer research at the University of Minho, Portugal, and Europe.



  • Genetics of cancer
  • Biomaterials
  • Scaffolds and Hydrogels
  • 2D versus 3D: a critical perspective
  • Spheroids
  • 3D tumour models
  • Metastasis process: the silent enemy
  • Microfluidics
  • Organs-on-chip
  • Cell engineering
  • Cell signalling
  • Nanotechnology
  • Drug screening
  • Cancer treatment and diagnostic
  • Clinical applications
  • Cancer organoids
  • Biosensing
  • Translational Research


Conference Chairs


3B’s Research Group, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
A member of PT Government Associate Laboratory ICVS/3B’s


Forecast and TERM STEM 2021,
3B's Research Group,
I3Bs - Research Institute on Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics of University of Minho,
University of Minho,

Headquarters of the European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine,

Avepark - Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia
Zona Industrial da Gandra
4805-017 Barco GMR - Portugal

Tel: +351 253 510 900
Fax: +351 253 510 909
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Third Achilles Workshop

“Gene & Cell Therapy and clinical applications”

25-27 October 2021 | Porto |Portugal


Final FoReCaST Conference

“2D and 3D in vitro Tissue Models for Drug Screening: Strengths and Limitations of the Cancer Models”

27-29 October 2021 | Porto |Portugal


Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda,
Avenida da Boavista, 4245
4100-140 Porto
GPS: 41.1650648, -8.6739129
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DEADLINE: 2021-10-06





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