Morning: Registration and a
Afternoon: Session 1 – "Observing nature"
Evening: Poster session
Morning: Session 2 – "Mimicking nature"
Afternoon: Session 3 – "Correcting and improving nature"
Evening: Social event
Morning: Session 4– "Stealing ideas from nature"
Detailed Programme [PDF]
1: “Observing nature”
This session is aimed to discuss how we can improve our knowledge of life
by observing animals in their natural environment or in artificially created
environments. It touches on how studies of certain processes and physiological
parameters in animals may lead to major advances in our understanding
of how human organism works. And finally we hope to introduce cutting
edge imaging techniques that allow in vivo observation of a wide variety
of processes taking place in course of life of an animal.
Session 2: “Mimicking nature”
Within this session we hope to give an overview of how we can model nature.
The session is planned as a focus on creation of animal models with a
touch on tissue remodeling, cloning of the entire living organism from
a single somatic cell and on how to get functional tissue of one animal
species grafted in another animal species.
Session 3: “Correcting and improving
This session will focus on trying to cure various known human pathological
conditions either by gene therapy if due to the mutation in the defined
gene or by stem cell transplantation if due to the depletion of specific
cell population of the organism. We also hope to discuss how genetically
engineered animals may potentially produce “better” meat or
milk enriched in most precious nutrition factors.
Session 4: “Stealing ideas from Nature”
The content of this session is meant to demonstrate how observations made
on animals can be potentially applied by a non-biological industry in
order to make products with best technological characteristics. It will
hopefully touch on the possibility of creating electronic devices directly
controlled by the brain that would mimic specific activities of human
organs and that can possibly substitute for missing organs in humans