Cell adhesion century: culture breakthrough


Cell adhering to glass Cell adhering to glass; actin cytoskeleton in red, focal adhesion contacts in green and yellow (permission F Rehfeldt)

Scientific discussion meeting organised by Professor Kevin Kendall FRS, Professor Stephen Busby FRS, Professor Costantino Creton, Dr Florian Rehfeldt and Professor Gabriel Waksman FRS

Event details

This meeting celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery that cells require adhesion to a solid surface to grow outside the animal organ. As new culturing techniques now allow organ growth in the laboratory, it is timely to discuss cell adhesion in relation to implantation, cancer, tooth decay, parasitic diseases, bacteria, virus attack, nanoparticle toxicity, theory, computer modelling, ethics and many related topics. The outcomes will impact across all scientific disciplines.

Biographies of the organisers and speakers are available below. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the event and the papers will be published in a future issue of Philosophical Transactions B.

Download meeting programme.

This meeting is immediately followed by a related satellite meeting at the Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre.

Attending this event

This event is intended for researchers in relevant fields and is free to attend. There are a limited number of places and registration is essential. An optional lunch is offered and should be booked during registration (all major credit cards accepted).

Enquiries: Contact the events team

Cell adhesion century: culture breakthrough 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK


Session 1: van der Waals adhesion influencing organisms

Session 2: Parameters controlling adhesion phenomena

Session 3: Parasites adhering to and entering cells

Session 4: Viruses: contact and adhesion mechanisms

Session 5: Molecular modelling by computer and mechanics

Session 6: Tracking nanoparticles to control adhesion

Session 7: Chemical engineering of cells and applications

Session 8: Cancer cells and metastasis through low adhesion

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