Venice (Italy), 27-31 January 2014
Cell adhesion to matrix, neighboring cells, or pathogens plays a pivotal role in many biological processes. Early macroscopic methods of quantifying adhesion led to the development of quantitative models of cell adhesion and migration. The recent development of sensitive probes to manipulate adhesion at protein level has provided quantitative information about the forces modulating intermolecular adhesion, revealing much greater functional diversity in the mechanobiology of cell adhesion. The school will treat theoretical and experimental methods that proved to be useful in identifying force-dependent molecular properties that are central to the biological activity of adhesion proteins.
The school is jointly organized with COST action TD0906, Biological adhesives, from biology to biomimetics. The aim of this European action is to unify widespread and diverse European expertise in the fields of biological and technological adhesives (biology, physics, chemistry and engineering), streamlining and pooling knowledge, methods and techniques, avoiding duplication of effort, decreasing costs, and accelerating scientific and technological progress in Europe. See more details about the COST program and the action TD0906.