Preliminary program:

19 October

11:00: Registration

11:45: Welcome

Session 1: Biophysical tools & analysis

12:00: Jonas Ríes (EMBL). Superresolution microscopy for structural cell biology

12:40: Maria Mañosas (UB). Unraveling interactions between nucleic acids and proteins using single molecule force spectroscopy techniques

13:20: Contributed talks:

  • Natalia Salvat (ICFO). Spatiotemporal Organization of Integrin Receptors and Adaptor Proteins inside Focal Adhesions
  • Christian Knapp (ICFO). A Python-based image analysis pipeline reveals the spatio-temporal dynamics of DNA damage during S-phase
  • Roger Pons (ICFO). Assessing how glucocerebrosidase defects alter receptor membrane nanoarchitecture to design improved nanomedicines

14:15: Lunch

Session 2: Systems Biology (applied)

16:00: Blanca Rodríguez (Univ Oxford). Enabling precision medicine through multiscale modelling and simulation

16:40: Roser Sala-Llonch (UB). Spatiotemporal characteristics of large-scale human brain networks

17:20: Contributed talks:

  • Carles Falcon-Falcon (BarcelonaBeta Brain Research Center). Relevance of CSF-blood flow coupling in the preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease. Preliminary results
  • Fen Zhang (ICFO). Integration of functional diffuse correlation spectroscopy and electroencephalography for measuring task-triggered brain activation in infants

18:00 – 20:00:  Poster Session

20:30: Coffee Discussion at Nou Bar


20 October

Session 3: Medical diagnosis and treatment

09:00: Institutional Welcome

09:15: Arjun Yodh (UPenn). Functional Imaging and Spectroscopy with Diffusing Light

09:55: Clara Vilches (ICFO). A toolbox for personalized plasmonic photothermal cancer therapy

10:35: Contributed talk:

  • Marta Zanoletti (ICFO). Hybrid diffuse optical device for the assessment of microvasculature health at the intensive care
  • Manel Vidal-Vidal (UPC). BrainFocus: a computational toolbox to identify epileptic networks from intracranial EEG data
  • Anurag Behera (ICFO). High-density hybrid diffuse optical tomographic probe for infant neuromonitoring: a simulation study 

11:30: Coffee break

Session 4: Role of Physics in Medicine and Public Health

12:00: Jaume Mesquida (Parc Tauli Univ Hospital). Photonics and advances in critical care

12:40: Clara Prats (UPC). Computational modelling to inform public health decisions

13:20: Contributed talks:

  • Lorenzo Cortese (ICFO). Bed-side evaluation of endothelial and microvascular impairments in severe COVID-19 patients through non-invasive near-infrared spectroscopy: the HEMOCOVID-19 trial
  • Enrique Alvarez-Lacalle (UPC). Comparison of the severity of omicron and delta variants using hospitalization, and intensive care admissions rates in Catalonia
  • Pablo Fernandez Esteberena (ICFO). Thyroid cancer screening using ultrasound-guided hybrid diffuse optical techniques

14:00: Lunch

17:00: Excursion 

20:30: Conference dinner


21 October

Session 5: Physical Biology

09:15: Gorka Muñoz-Gil (UIBK). Machine learning approaches to anomalous diffusion

09:55: Pere Roca-Cusachs (IBEC-UB). Transducing – and shielding – mechanical signals from integrins to the nucleus

10:35: Contributed talks:

  • Marc Domingo (ICMB). Inactivating SARS-CoV-2 with surfactants using computer simulations
  • Frederic Catala-Castro (ICFO). Actin buffers nuclear stress and maintains nuclear positioning during mechanotransduction
  • Juan Torreño-Piña (ICFO). Stochastic particle unbinding modulates growth dynamics and size of transcription factor condensates in living cells

11:30: Coffee break

Session 6: Systems Biology (fundamental)

12:00: Xavier Trepat (IBEC). Epithelial mechanobiology from the bottom up

12:40: Javier Buceta (I2SysBio). Tissue Remodeling: Elongation, Regeneration, and 3D Packing

13:20: Contributed talks:

  • Miquel Bosch-Padrós (IBEC). An optogenetic and mechanical approach to control synthetic morphogenesis 
  • Antonio Pons (UPC). Learning Synchronization Patterns with Neural Mass Model Networks
  • Raul Benitez (UPC). Detection of calcium sparks in cardiac cells using deep learning and biophysical models

14:15: Final remarks