Model Organisms in Molecular Biology and Biomedical Research

The 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting of the Danish Biochemical Society will focus on the crossroads of animal models and research in human biology and disease. The use of animals in genetics and pathology has a long tradition in translational research. The introduction of homologous recombination 30 years ago led to gene targeting and numerous knock-out and knock-in animals for exploration of specific gene functions in health and disease. We are proud to present a wide-ranging program, which covers a number of scientific aspects of model organisms in human diseases including developmental biology, autoimmunity, inflammation, metabolism, neurobiology and cancer. The program will include keynote lectures by three outstanding scientists, plenary presentations by national and international speakers, short talks by promising young scientists, posters, networking and social interactions.
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Wednesday 17. April, 2013

Session 1: Model organisms in developmental biology

Chair: Cristina Cvitanich, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Ralf F. Sommer, Integrative Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany. Nematode models in evolution and development.
Markus Affolter, BioZentrum, Basel. Organ development in the fruit fly and blood vessels development in Zebra fish.
Anne Grapin-Button, Danish Stem Cell Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Pancreatic development during embryogenesis.
Two short talks from abstracts.

Session 2: EMBO lecture

Chair: Steen Gammeltoft, University of Copehagen, Denmark.

Matthias Mann, Max Planck Institute, Martinsried, Germany. Proteomics of whole organisms.

Thursday 18. April, 2012

Session 3: Model organisms in autoimmunity and inflammation

Chair: Cord Brakebusch, BRIC, University of Copenhagen.

Chantal Mathieu, Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Autoimmunity and inflammation in diabetes.
Guru Krishnamoorthy, Department of Neuroimmunology, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany. Autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system.
Jens Brimnes, Alk-Abelló A/S. Animal models in respiratory allergy.
Cord Brakebusch, BRIC, University of Copenhagen. Rho GTPases in vivo during development and in diseases of skin and hemopoietic system.
Two short talks for abstracts
Session 4: Model organisms in metabolism and neurobiology

Chair: Birgitte Holst, Institute for Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen.

Jens Juel Holst, Institute of Biomedicine and Novo Nordisk Centre of Metabolism. Animal models in gut hormone biology.
Anders Nykjær, Institute for Biomedicine, Aarhus University. Neuronal type-1 receptors: Vps10p-domain receptors/sortilins in neurobiology and metabolism.
Nils Færgeman, Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Southern Denmark. Lipid metabolism in yeast and C. elegans
Birgitte Holst, Institute for Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen. Gut peptides in transgenic mice.
Two short talks from abstracts
Session 5


Session 6: Keynote lecture

Chair: Eva Arnspang Christensen, University of Southern Denmark.

Jeff W Lichtman, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Centre for Brain Science, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. Bio imaging of model organisms.

Friday 19. April, 2012


Chair: Tuula Kallunki, Danish Cancer Institute.

Erwin F. Wagner, Genes, Development and Disease Group, CNIO Madrid, Spain. Gene functions in mammalian development and ontogenesis.

Session 8: Model organisms in cancer

Chair: Tuula Kallunki, Danish Cancer Institute.

Heidi Hahn, Department of Human Genetics, Göttingen Graduate School for Neurosciences, Biophysics, and Molecular Biosciences Germany. Hedgehog/Patched signaling cascade in the development of solid tumors: medulloblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and basal cell carcinoma.
Mikaela Egeblad, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, USA. Tumor microenvironment and intravital imaging in breast cancer.
Petra Hamerlik, Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark. Cancer stem-like cells from human brain tumor xenografts in mice.
Two short talks from abstracts.

17 Apr - 19 Apr 2013
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