Growth and regeneration during development and aging

Roscoff (Bretagne), France, May 22-26, 2023

Deadline for application: February 20, 2023

Chairperson: Claude Desplan
Silver Professor of Biology and Neuroscience, NYU Department of Biology, 24 Waverly Place, Waverly Bldg 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003, USA
Phone: +1 212 998 8218

Vice-chairperson: : Allison Bardin
Group Leader, Institut Curie, Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology, 26, rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris, France

A series of  “Conférences Jacques Monod” meetings, was held in 2012, 2015 and 2018 and focused on specific problems of developmental biology. The 2023 CJM conference that will be held May 22-26, 2023 in Roscoff, France will focus on later stages of development and explore fundamental aspects of regeneration, homeostasis of tissue and the mechanisms of aging, when these processes no longer function properly. The program of the conference will include six thematic sessions, each including speakers working in different model organisms with different approaches.

The CJM will cover the following broad topics in development biology and aging:

  • Developmental control of Aging
  • Transcription control and chromatin regulation of cell fate and aging
  • Stem cells and their link with aging
  • Regeneration
  • Development of patterns
  • Senescence and plasticity

We encourage the application of participants of diverse backgrounds working on a wide range of topics in developmental biology. Additional speakers and poster presentations will be selected based on abstracts to further enhance the diversity of the meeting, with opportunities for younger as well as established scientists.

Keywords: Development, stem cells, organoids, Cell fate, pattern formation, regeneration, aging, tissue growth, tissue homeostasis, morphogenesis, metabolism, modeling


Invited speakers
(provisional titles)

Michael Averof (IGF Lyon, France)
Does regeneration mirror development?

Allison Bardin (Institut Curie, Paris, France)
Genome stability of stem and progenitor cells during aging

Elvan Boke (CRG Barcelona, Spain)
Evading ageing: mitochondrial and proteostatic adaptations in oocytes

Giselle Cheung (ISTA Vienna, Austria)
Multipotent progenitors instruct ontogeny of the superior colliculus

Lionel Christiaen (SARS Bergen, Norway)
Cardiac development and whole heart regeneration in a simple chordate

Luisa Cochella (Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA)
Quantitative control of morphogenesis by a deeply conserved miRNA family

Claude Desplan (NYU, New York, USA)
Are longevity and reproduction compatible?

Fiona Doetsch (Biozentrum Basel, Switzerland)
Regulation and diversity of adult neural stem cells

Petra Hajkova (London Institute of Medical Sciences, United Kingdom)
Resetting and maintenance of epigenetic information in the context of mammalian germ line

Olivier Hamant (ENS Lyon, France)
How transcriptional noise and mechanical conflicts contribute to organ shape reproducibility

Guo Huang (UCSF, San Francisco, USA)
Neurohormonal control of organ regeneration: insights from platypus, anteaters, bats and whales

Robert Johnston (Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, USA)
Generating neuronal diversity in human retinal organoids

Bill Keyes (IGBMC, Strasbourg, France)
Cellular senescence in development and aging

Abderrahman Khila (IGF Lyon, France)
Molecular, ecological and evolutionary mechanisms of extreme growth variation in a water strider

Mounia Lagha (IGMM Montpellier, France)
Gene expression dynamics during the awakening of the zygotic genome

Patrick Lemaire (Institute of Biological Sciences, Montpellier, France)
Growth, apoptosis, regeneration, signalling gradients: everything the ascidian embryo can do without…

Fabienne Lescroart (Marseille Medical Genetics Center, Marseille, France)
Early specification of the cardiopharyngeal mesoderm: multiple roads to the heart and head muscles

Han Li (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
New tricks of an old player: senescence induced-cellular plasticity in health and disease

Hernan Lopez-Schier (Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich, Germany)
Long-term homeostasis of complex patterns in regenerating organs

Irene Miguel-Aliaga (Imperial College London, United-Kingdom)
Changing guts

Pura Muñoz Cànoves (Altos, San Diego, USA)
Promoting regeneration of aged muscles

Peter Reddien (Whitehead Institute, MIT Boston, USA)
Fate choice in planarian regeneration

Michael Rera (Institut de Biologie Paris Seine, France)
Two phases for better understanding ageing

Dario Riccardo Valenzano (Max Planck Institut, Cologne, Germany)
Evolution and ecology of aging

Pauline Speder (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
Building the neurogenic niche, one block at a time

Bjorn Schumacher (CECAD Cologne, Germany)
Genome stability in reproduction and aging: new insights from C. elegans

Dan Ohtan Wang (NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Reading the m6A RNA methylation signals in neurons and at synapses


Deadline for application: February 20, 2023


Registration fee (including board and lodging)
500 € for PhD students
700 € for other participants

Application for registration

The total number of participants is limited to 115 and all participants are expected to attend for the whole duration of the conference. Selection is made on the basis of the affinity of potential participants with the topics of the conference. Scientists and PhD Students interested in the meeting should deposit online before the deadline:

- their curriculum vitae
- the proof of their student status
- the list of their main publications for the 3 last years
- the abstract of their presentation:

The abstract must respect the following template:
- First line: title

- Second line: list of authors
- Third line: author's addresses
- Fourth line: e-mail of the presenting author

Abstract should not exceed 600 words. No figures.

After the deadline, the organizers will select the participants. Except in some particular cases approved by the Chairperson, it is recommended that all selected participants present their work during the conference, either in poster form or by a brief in- session talk. The organizers choose the form in which the presentations are made. No payment will be sent with application. Information on how and when to pay will be mailed in due time to those selected.