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First Achilles Conference

Molecular and biological mechanisms of tendon homeostasis and repair
Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda (FACM), Porto, Portugal
08 | 10 July 2019

This conference is being organized in the scope of the European Horizon 2020 Twinning project ACHILLES: Overcoming specific weaknesses in tendon biology to design advanced regenerative therapies. In the framework of this project, a series of International Conferences will be organized in the upcoming years. The First Achilles Conference will focus on Molecular and biological mechanisms of tendon homeostasis and repair. The event is organized to promote a close interaction between highly skilled experts in the field with students and young researchers interested in key aspects of tendon development, disease and regeneration.


Elazar Zelzer- Weizmann Institute of Science, ISRAEL
Christopher Evans - MAYO CLINIC, USA
Delphine Duprez - Sorbonne Universités, FRANCE
Andreas Traweger - Paracelsus Medical University, AUSTRIA
Neal Millar - University of Glasgow, UK
Catherine Kuo - University of Rochester, USA
Britt Wilderman - University of Jena, GERMANY
Elizabeth Rosado Balmayor - MAYO CLINIC, USA
Stavros Thomopoulos - Columbia University, USA
Helen Birch - University College London, UK
Alayna Loiselle - University of Rochester,  USA
Denitsa Docheva - University Hospital Regensburg, GERMANY 


Musculoskeletal development - Mechanisms of tendon homeostasis and repair - Tendon mechanobiology - Molecular changes in tendon aging - Tendon pathologies - Inflammation in tendinopathies
Tissue development, pathology and regeneration - Wound healing and inflammation - Biomarkers and in vitro models of tissue physiopathology - In vivo models of tissue repair - Stem cells in tissue engineering and regeneration


Meeting Chairs

FoReCaST Second Workshop

Nanotechnology in cancer detection and treatment: from the lab to the clinic
Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda (FACM), Porto, Portugal
11 | 12 July 2019

The majority of the in vitro models only involve a single tumour cell population, which represents a small fraction of the tumour development and integrative cell network. Therefore, a new dimension in cancer research has to be developed: the 3D microenvironment. Thus, the FoReCaST project intend to create in vitro 3D cancer study models, which will copycat the complexity and hierarchically organization of natural ECM of tumour cells found in vivo. In this context, 3B’s-UMINHO will strategically use the knowledge gained during the last ~20years in the fields of biomaterials sciences and tissue engineering, and five new complementary research topics are being implemented to consolidate this new research topic within the following topics (Fig.1):

  • RL1 - Metabolic glycoengineering for tumour imaging;
  • RL2 - Bioinformatics;
  • RL3 - Cell engineering;
  • RL4 - Nanotechnologies;
  • RL5 - Cell signalling



Peter Friedl - Radboud University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Ranieri Cancedda - Universitò di Genova, Italy
Shyni Varghese - Duke University, USA
Roman Truckenmüller - Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Shilpa Sant - McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, USA
Emmanuel Donnadieu - Cochin Institute, Université Paris Descartes, France
Maria Freire - Health Research Institute of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Alison McGuigan – University of Toronto, Canada
Joan Montero - Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Spain


RL1 - Metabolic glycoengineering for tumour imaging - RL2 - Bioinformatics - RL3 - Cell engineering - RL4 - Nanotechnologies - RL5 - Cell signalling


Meeting Chairs


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


Achilles and FoReCaST,
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
emails: termstem@3bs.uminho.ptachilles@i3bs.uminho.ptforecast
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First Achilles Conference

“Molecular and biological mechanisms of tendon homeostasis and repair”

08-10 July | Porto |Portugal


FoReCaST Second Workshop

“Nanotechnology in cancer detection and treatment: from the lab to the clinic”

11-12 July | Porto |Portugal


Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda (FACM), Porto, Portugal
Av. da Boavista 4245,
4100-140 Porto
GPS: 41.1648275, -8.6735561
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