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Monday, 4 June 2018
Friday, 31 August 2018

The TRANSMIT Project introduces: Course in Cancer Metabolism

November 29-30, 2018, Bertinoro (Italy)

Course Description: Cancer cells must acquire several biological properties in order to survive, proliferate, disseminate and become malignant. These hallmarks of cancer comprise sustaining proliferative signaling, evading growth suppressors, resisting cell death, and activating invasion/metastasis, all of which conspire to lead to pathologically high growth rate, and ultimately tumorigenesis. In the last ten years, an increasing body of research coming from the use of innovative large-scale genomics, proteomics and metabolomics profiling suggests that most and perhaps all human tumors display a metabolic plasticity that transformed cells undergo to survive the adverse tumor microenvironment conditions. Thus, metabolic reprogramming has become an additional hallmark of cancer, which is an example of a genetic human disease with metabolic alterations. This has led scientists to investigate the intricate metabolic plasticity besides the Warburg effect, and to dissect metabolic pathways like glutamine and lipid/fatty acid metabolism, among others, which play critical roles in cancer growth and are thus potential molecular target to develop novel therapeutics strategies.

The partnership of the ITN Marie Curie project Translating the role of mitochondria in tumorigenesis (TRANSMIT) organizes a course in Cancer Metabolism, that will deliver the most up-to-date discoveries in the field of metabolic plasticity, adaptation, bioenergetics remodeling and so forth, bringing young researchers in contact with eminent international scientists in the field. To this aim, the consortium will offer 20 fellowships to as many external young researchers working in the field coming from all over the world. Participants will be selected exclusively on the basis of their curriculum and letters of references, by a TRANSMIT internal Board.

Faculty members: R.J. DeBerardinis (Children’s Medical Center Research Institute, University of Texas Southwestern, USA); F.Baltazar (Life and Health Sciences Research Institute, School of Medicine, University of Minho, Portugal); B.Radlwimmer (Division of Molecular Genetics, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany); A.Schulze (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Theodor-Boveri-Institute, Würzburg, Germany); C.Curtis (Biochemical Society, Portland Press Charles Darwin House, London, UK); I.Malanchi (Tumour-Host Interaction Laboratory, The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK); G.Szabadkai (Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padua, Italy; Dept. of Cell and Developmental Biology, Consortium for Mitochondrial Research, University College London, London; The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK); F.M. Grigoriou (Institut Curie, Stress and Cancer Laboratory, Equipe labelisée Ligue Nationale Contre le Cancer, Paris; Inserm, Paris, France); L.Le Cam (Institut de Recherche en Cancérologie de Montpellier, INSERM, Université de Montpellier, Institut Régional du Cancer de Montpellier, Montpellier, France); C.Muñoz-Pinedo (Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute L’Hospitalet, Barcelona, Spain)

Afternoon sessions will be dedicated to the TRANSMIT Early Stage Researchers talks.

Fellowships:  Thanks to the support of the European Commission, TRANSMIT offers 20 fellowships to PhD students and Post-doc fellows with CV in the related fields. Each fellowship will cover the registration fee and full board accommodation during the course (only travel expenses will not be covered by TRANSMIT). Curricula will be evaluated by a TRANSMIT internal Board. Applicants for fellowships must submit their request together with CV, a reference letter and an abstract for posters to and Applicants are kindly asked to indicate as object of the e-mail “APPLICATION FOR FELLOWSHIPS – BERTINORO 2018”.

Abstract formatting instructions:

  1. Poster Title: Font: Times New Roman 14 pt bold, Line spacing: 1 line, Spacing after paragraph: 12 pt, Alignment: Centered, 
  2. Indicate the presenter in italics.
  3. Authors & Affiliations: Font: Times New Roman 11 pt bold, Line spacing: 1 line, Spacing after paragraph: 12 pt, Alignment: Centered, 
  4. Page layout: Margins: Top, left and right 3 cm; bottom 2,5 cm
  5. Abstract text: Font: Times New Roman 11 pt, Line spacing: 1 line, Spacing after paragraph: 12 pt, Alignment: Justified, Maximum 350 words 

Deadline for sending application: August 31, 2018 at 18.00 (Brussels Time)

Evaluation results: Selected candidates will be notified via-email by the end of September 2018.

Course Venue and transportation: The University Residential Centre of Bertinoro ( is located 80 km away from Bologna International Airport (BLQ). Concerning your flight reservation, please consider that two shuttle buses will leave from Bologna airport to the Course Venue. More info will be published on the TRANSMIT website ( in due time.

PhD students and Post-doc fellows in fields related to the topic of the course
20 fellowships to as many external young researchers. Each fellowship will cover the course tuition fee and accommodation (No travel costs).
H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016 European project TRANSMIT- TRANSlating the role of Mitochondria in Tumorigenesis (GA no. 722605)
Job type: 
Fellowship to attend the two-day course in Cancer Metabolism
Bertinoro di Romagna, Italy