The EMT Conference is the major international forum for researchers studying the process of cell separation and invasion known as epithelial-mesenchymal cell transition or EMT. EMT takes place in development, wound healing and in pathologies such as metastasis and fibrosis.
Topics presented at EMT meetings include: a variety of developmental systems and models where EMT takes place, transcriptional and translational regulators of EMT, signal transduction by the several known growth factors that produce EMT, as well as cytoskeletal and extracellular matrix components of the EMT process. Participants include cell biologists, cancer biologists, and developmental biologists. Meetings attract participants from throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Asia. In order to keep the focus on new and important information in the field, a significant number of the speakers are selected from submitted abstracts.
EMT in Context – TEMTIA
EMT is the name given to a very complex set of changes in cell behaviour, involving differential expression of many genes and alterations in function of many cellular and extracellular molecules. The outcome of this is the transformation of cells arranged in a coherent layer—epithelial cells– to more individualistic and potential motile cells—mesenchymal cells. EMT was recognised decades ago by Dr. Betty Hay as a primary mechanism in embryogenesis for tissue remodeling.
More recently EMT has been seen as crucial to the spread and invasion of carcinoma, and more recently still, various pathologies marked by fibrosis have had their resemblances to EMT explored. Due to the basic and clinical importance of EMT, this extremely rapidly growing field needs a conference devoted to it to bring together the disciplines of cell biology, cancer biology and developmental biology.
From this need was born The EMT International Association (TEMTIA) in 2002 and the biennial EMT Meetings since 2003.