Single Cell Biology
Scientific Organizers: Shalev Itzkovitz and Arjun Raj
Date: March 16 - 20, 2021
Location: Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, AB, Canada
It has become clear that progress in many areas of biology now requires distinguishing the often-unique behavior of individual cells. This new single cell viewpoint has the potential to transform our understanding of critical biological processes such as development and regeneration, as well as our understanding of diseases such as cancer. While the field of single cell biology has shown enormous growth in technical capabilities over the last decade, many conceptual questions remain. This meeting will bring together researchers from single cell biology and neighboring fields to identify areas where cutting-edge single cell research can answer deep biological questions, thus seeding new ideas and collaborations. Particular areas of biological interest include: 1. The developmental process. How do individual cells progress to form the cellular structures and types that comprise adult organisms? 2. The tissue ecosystem. How do collections of cells respond and interact with their neighbors to promote tissue function and homeostasis? 3. Single cells in disease. How does the misbehavior of single cells impact health in diseases such as cancer? 4. Technical developments: What new forms of single cell data can we develop, and what sorts of analysis methods might they require in order to be properly applied? Our mission is to seed discussions and collaborations across disciplinary boundaries, thus promoting the development and application of concepts and tools from single cell biology as a core aspect of our understanding of biology.
Registration opens in January 2020