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[11.08.2011] The poster sessions have now been defined. Please visit the Programme page and check out the contents of each session, as well as the updated scientific programme. If you have to prepare a poster, please remember to check the "Information for Posters" section.

[26.07.2011] Registrations for the social dinner (10 September) are now CLOSED. Please do not process a payment for this option if you had not originally included it in your registration. Thank you for your consideration.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION deadline postponed:
due to numerous requests, the organisers have agreed to postpone the deadline for abstract submissions until 15 July 2011 – if you have not done so yet, you have two extra weeks to submit your contribution.

Abstract submissions are now closed

NB: The congress venue has a limited capacity. The organisers reserve the right to close abstract submissions before the deadline indicated above if this limit is reached. You are thus encouraged to submit your contribution as soon as possible.

NEW: Registrations are now closed. Should you wish to be included in a waiting list, please contact the organisers at ABCD.2011@azuleon.org Contact Azuleon Meetings

Please be aware that the early bird discount deadline has not been postponed: payments received after 20 June must cover the regular registration fee (see the Information section for further details).

Dear Colleagues,

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On behalf of the President of our Society, Pier Paolo Di Fiore, and its Executive Council, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to our national congress, ABCD 2011.

As announced previously, the Society’s national congress was reinstated as a biennial event, alternating with the FISV Meeting. This year, the event will take place in Ravenna, from 8-10 September, at the Palazzo dei Congressi.

The congress is open to all researchers in Italy and abroad interested in the areas of cell biology and differentiation. ABCD members benefit from reduced registration fees.

It is my privilege to act as chair for this congress and, with the help of an excellent Organising Committee, we are happy to offer a programme that reflects the interests of our Society, based on high-level science, interdisciplinary interests, and constructive debate. These are the elements that render the ABCD such a dynamic and spontaneous academic reality.

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You will certainly notice that the scientific programme has a special emphasis on Italian Science (carried out both nationally and abroad), being additionally enriched by several high-profile international speakers.

Keynote lecturers include Tom Misteli (Editor-in-Chief Journal of Cell Biology), Maria Leptin (EMBO Director), Christer Betsholtz (Karolinska Institutet) and Tom Kirchhausen (Harvard Medical School). Editors from JCB will also be attending.

Finally, four parallel sessions will host the classic themes that make up the traditional ABCD "Reunions" of the Special Interest Groups (Mechanisms of Signal Transduction; Stem Cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine; Membrane Trafficking and Organelle Biogenesis; Cell Stress: Survival and Apoptosis).

The closing social dinner (10 September) will bring together all participants for an informal and stimulating get-together.

I would like to conclude with a few words about our hosting city and its magnificent heritage. Ravenna is generally known for its Byzantine mosaics, but it is often overlooked that it is home to eight monuments inserted in UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention, something exceptional by any standards and, in itself, worth a trip to this fascinating city. In addition, Ravenna’s seafront and its sprawling beaches – lidi ravennati – are also worth exploring

Finally, it should also be pointed out that Emilia-Romagna, the administrative region to which Ravenna belongs, is quite famous for its excellent cuisine.

With this attractive combination of high-quality science, fascinating art and history, and rich gastronomic variety, we look forward to welcoming you in Ravenna in September!

Paolo Pinton


Organising secretariat

Azuleon .:meetings:. email

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Important date

  • Registrations open
    12 April 2011


  • Abstract submissions
    15 July 2011
  • Payment with early bird discount
    20 June 2011
  • Registrations and payment
    31 July 2011
  • Late online registrations
    22 August 2011

Organising Committee

Paolo Pinton (Chair)


Daniela Corda


Giulio Cossu


Giannino Del Sal


Carlotta Giorgi


Bronislava Matoskova


Tullio Pozzan


Roberto Sitia


Silvia Soddu


Guido Tarone