November 21st
November 25th
International course

Development & Cancer

From pigment cell development to melanomas - 6th Edition

The course presents the current knowledge in neural crest and melanocytes development (cell biology, transcriptomics, imaging...) as well as how melanocytes undergo tumor progression in adults. It ends with presentation of the most up-to-date therapeutical strategies.

Course in English
Registration deadline



To discuss the big questions in the field of Development and Cancer. To provide an up-to-date landscape on melanocyte biology, for master and doctoral students as well as for researchers and clinicians.

Discussion & Workshops

  • Poster session with a "Best poster price.
  • 2 Round tables on Career Development : from academic research to private research.
  • 1 Round table on Publishing a scientific article.
Research themes


Career development workshop

Practical Informations

Practical Informations

In humans, pigment cells comprise the neural crest-derived melanocytes and the pigmented retina cells. Tumor transformation in both cell types results in cutaneous or uveal melanomas, two usually aggressive and hard-to-treat tumour types.

This course will address the development, the differentiation and the migratory behaviour of melanocytes in embryos and melanoma formation and metastasis in adults. Focus will be made on cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling these processes. The course will then address how advanced imaging technologies, systems biology, and in vivo approaches have progressed in melanoma understanding in the last few years. Finally, some directions for therapeutic approaches will be developped.

In the practical part of this course, the notions developped in the seminars and courses will be illustrated by in vivo manipulations in embryos and in vitro cellular manipulation, both followed by advanced imaging analysis. An opening will be made on other cancers that have similarities with melanoma as medulloblastoma and glioblastoma.


Pigment cell development: signals, differentiation and migration
Cell migrations in vivo, in embryos and cancer
Cutaneous and uveal melanomas
Medulloblastoma  and glioblastoma biology
High throughput technologies and imaging for tumor analysis
Melanoma and therapies.

Informations pratiques détaillées

Master 2 students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with a scientific background are invited to apply to the course. Researchers, engineers and clinicians are welcome as well. Seminars and talks will be in English. The practical course is open to Paris-Sud students and students registered in another French university.

Selection result
November 16, 2016
There is no registration fee for this course
Institut Curie Orsay
Institut Curie, Université Paris Sud, Bâtiment 111, Centre Universitaire 91 405 Orsay, France

Selection Criteria

On application


Keynote speakers

This list of speakers may still change


Anne-Hélène Monsoro-Burq, (Institut Curie et Université Paris Sud),
Simon Saule (Institut Curie et Université Paris Sud),
Patrick Pla (Institut Curie et Université Paris Sud),
Caroline Borday (Institut Curie et Université Paris Sud),
Frédéric Coquelle (Université Paris Sud),
Laurence Méry (Institut Curie et Université Paris Sud)

Supported by


  • UMR 3347 / U1021 - Normal and Pathological Signaling: from the Embryo to the Innovative Therapy of Cancers