16th International Xenopus Conference

From Fundamental Processes to Modelling Human Disease

Sunday 28 August -  Thursday 1 September, 2016

Venue: Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC), Chania




Please join us for the 16th International Xenopus Conference to be held 28 August – 1 September 2016 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete. This year's conference is entitled 'From Fundamental Processes to Modelling Human Disease'. This conference has been held biennially since 1984 and brings together researchers from diverse fields, all of whom use Xenopus as a model system. The format of the conference provides outstanding opportunities for scientific exchange with over three hundred poster presentations and talks. In particular, junior faculty are encouraged to speak. There will also be numerous opportunities for postdocs and students to present their work and participate in career development activities. Finally, this meeting has traditionally been an ideal forum to learn about the latest technological advances and resources in the Xenopus system.

Xenopus as a model system spans many fields, including subjects such as cell cycle and cytoskeletal regulation, developmental biology and stem cells, immunology, neurobiology and systems biology. This diversity of topics is a major advantage of the Xenopus community, and this meeting seeks to highlight and reinforce these interdisciplinary interactions.

For this meeting, we expect over 50 talks and 200 posters, as well as plenary sessions, with an outstanding line up of speakers from around the world.

Check back regularly at the website for updates about the conference, including information on registration, abstract submission, the scientific and social programme as well as details of our sponsors and exhibitors, whose essential support and contribution to the conference are very much appreciated.

We hope you can join us and look forward to welcoming you to Crete on 28 August to 1 September, 2016.



Plenary Speakers

      Isabelle Vernos is internationally known as a leader of the cell biology community, and she has consistently pioneered the use of Xenopus for mechanistic studies of microtubule function and cell division. Dr Vernos is ICREA Research Professor and Group Leader at the Centre de Regulació Genòmica, Barcelona, Spain.
      Ray Keller is also an internationally recognised leader in developmental biology. Dr Keller's work on the cellular, molecular and biomechanical mechanisms underlying morphogenesis is fundamental to our understanding of tissue interactions in development. Dr Keller is Professor of Biology at the University of Virginia, USA.
      Mary Lou King was a pioneer in the field of RNA localization in Xenopus.  She has made key discoveries defining the maternal components localized to the vegetal pole that are critical to early patterning of the embryo and preservation of the germ cell lineage. Dr. Mary Lou King is Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, USA.

Dr. Ueno’s group performed a pioneering work elucidating the roles of  BMPs in the dorsal-ventral patterning of early Xenopus embryos and also clarified the divergent roles of Planar Cell Polarity (PCP) signaling in early vertebrate embryogenesis.

Dr. Ueno is Professor of National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan and currently the president of the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists.