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EMBO Workshop

Phagocytosis of dying cells: Molecules, mechanisms and therapeutic implications

24 – 27 October 2018 | Ghent, Belgium

  • Early Registration Deadline
  • 15 July 2018
  • Late Registration Deadline
  • 24 October 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2018 (for selection of short oral presentations)
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 July 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2018

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About the Workshop

Every day we turnover billions of cells in the body. The clearance of these dying cells is a ‘fun’damentally important process that is relevant for development, maintenance of tissue homeostasis, and resolution of inflammatory responses. This process of dying cell removal is also highly evolutionarily conserved, and knowledge from model organisms has provided significant insights into the mammalian process. Importantly, failure to promptly clear dying cells has been linked to autoimmune conditions such as SLE, while phagocytosis and presentation of dying tumor cell antigens is required for generation of an efficient anti-cancer immunity. Over the past years, significant knowledge has been gained on apoptotic cell removal, yet this is still a relatively young and exciting field with key knowledge gaps. Further, many other forms of cell death (such as necroptosis and ferroptosis) have also been recently linked to human diseases, and the way cells dying by these modalities are recognized and engulfed, has become especially important. Therefore, this workshop intends to engage investigators working on different modalities of cell death, different aspects of the cell clearance process, and different models of development and disease (from model organisms to humans) to get a better perspective of the current state of the field, and where the challenges and opportunities lie ahead.

The program contains the following main subjects linked to phagocytosis of dying cells:

  • Molecular mechanisms
  • Responses of engulfing phagocytes
  • Phagocytosis during development and disease
  • Metabolism and tissue repair
  • Anti-tumor immunity
  • Tolerance and autoimmunity
  • Potential therapeutic applications

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Early Registration Deadline
  • 15 July 2018
  • Late Registration Deadline
  • 24 October 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 15 August 2018 (for selection of short oral presentations)
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 30 July 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 September 2018


Early Registration


Late Registration


Registration includes:

  • Welcome reception on the first day
  • All coffee breaks and lunches during the meeting
  • Conference dinner on 27 October 2018

Excluding accommodation


By credit card or bank transfer to the conference budget at Ghent University.

Payment details and instructions will be sent to successful applicants.

Selection criteria

Abstracts will be selected by the organizing committee.

Abstracts will be selected for scientific fit, excellence and novelty. 12 applicants will be selected to present their work as short oral presentations. The rest of the selected applicants will present their work at the poster sessions.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract must contain sufficient details of the work for the selection committee to judge the scientific fit to the conference theme and the novelty of the research.

Abstracts should contain:


Author list: full names and affiliation numbers (between brackets)

Affiliation: number list corresponding to the authors’ affiliation

Body text: 250 words max.

Poster specifications

Format: A0 (Width: 90 cm Height: 120 cm).

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.



Veronique Vandevoorde


Phone: +32-9-3313682 or +32-9-3313652




Thagaste Monastry,

Academiestraat 1,

9000 Gent


Participants need to arrange their own accommodation. Useful information can be found here.


The most updated information on how to reach Ghent, Belgium can be found here.

How to travel in Ghent can be found here.

Reaching Belgium by plane

Belgium has two main airports, Brussels Airport (Zaventem, about 10 km from the city center of Brussels) and Charleroi Airport (city of Charleroi, 46 km south of Brussels). Nearly all international flights coming into Belgium arrive at Brussels Airport.

How to reach Ghent?

Both Brussels airport and Charleroi airport are connected to the three main railway stations of Brussels (South or Midi-Zuid, Central and North) by shuttle (bus) service and/or train. For more information on transportation between the two airports and Ghent, please visit the websites below:

Transport between Brussels Airport and Ghent

Transport between Charleroi Airport and Ghent

The easiest way to travel from each airport to Ghent is by train. There is no train traffic during the night (between 0h30 and 5h30).

Travelling between Charleroi and Ghent takes at least 2 hours; travelling between Brussels and Ghent takes about 1 hour.

For further information, please vist this page and search from Brussels Airport to Gent-Sint-Pieters.

Reaching Belgium by train

Arriving by train in Brussels:

Switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to, or via Gent-Sint-Pieters, Ghent's main railway station (Directions Brugge, Knokke, Blankenberghe, Oostende all stop in Ghent).

From the railway station Gent Sint-Pieters you can reach Ghent city center by public transport (tram 1, 2 and 4).

De Lijn (website in Dutch only) is responsible for both trams and buses. You can request a free network map at one of the Lijnwinkels, which are located near the main bus terminals at Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station, Korenmarkt and Gent-Zuid. This network map is also available at the information desk in the tourist centers.

There are different options for season tickets. A single ticket costs € 3 and you can travel for 1 hour exchanging different trams and/or buses. Alternatively, you can buy a 10 trips ticket which costs € 16 and each single trip may last as long as for a regular single ticket.

Reaching Belgium by car

Entering Ghent from the E40 or the E17, follow the parking-route to Parking AZ Sint-Lucas Hospital Gent - Campus Volkskliniek or P7 (Sint-Michiels) or P8 (Ramen). These carparks are within walking distance from the city center and the conference venue.

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