Program > Workshops

There will be six workshops at EDRC2023 on day 1, Friday October 20th early afternoon in parallel (1-3.15pm and 3, 3.30-5.45pm) ahead of the opening session (6pm).


  • The Cancer Models workshop - Friday Oct 20th 13h-15h15 - Auditorium Lumière

Organized by Allison Bardin (Curie Institute, France) and Renata Basto (Curie Institute, France)

Drosophila research has a long history of contributing to our understanding of the mechanisms of cancer initiation and propagation. These studies range from molecular mechanisms of DNA repair to polarity and neoplastic growth. The goal of the workshop will be to bring together scientists interested in these very diverse aspects of modelling cancer using Drosophila and to create cross-discipline dialogue spanning distinct cellular contexts from stem cells to epithelial cells.


Speakers (12 minutes talk + 3 minutes questions):

 1. Allison Bardin (Institut Curie, Paris, France): Nucleotide sharing through gap junctions buffers replication stress

2. Manon Budzyk (Basto lab, Institut Curie, Paris, France): Gen nuclease is essential for the proliferation of non-programmed polyploid cells

3. Brian Calvi (Indiana University, Bloomington, USA): Unscheduled endoreplication impairs the growth and function of cells and tissues

4. Wu-Min Den (Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, USA): Sex dimorphic and systemic regulation of tumor growth by Upd2-JAK/STAT signaling

5. Kaustuv Ghosh (Milan lab, IRB, Barcelona, Spain): Chromosomal Instability-induced Cell Invasion through Caspase-driven DNA Damage

6. Tatsushi Igaki (Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan): Non-cell autonomous tumor progression by unfolded protein response

7. Anne-Marie Martinez (IGH, Montpellier, France): Transient loss of Polycomb components induces an epigenetic cancer fate

8. Marta Mira-Osuna (Le Borgne lab,  IGDR, Rennes, France): Contribution of septate junction components to apical and basal extrusion of protumoral cells

9. Mirka Uhlirova (University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany): Immunosurveillance, understanding the crosstalk between immune cells and epithelial tumors



  • The Sex workshop - Friday Oct 20th 13h-15h15 - Auditorium Pasteur

Organized by Elizabeth Rideout (University of British Columbia, Canada), Jenny Regan (University of Edinburgh, UK), and Bruno Hudry (Institut de Biologie Valrose, France)

Sex differences in Drosophila development, physiology, and behaviour are found throughout the life course, and contribute to diverse phenotypes such as fertility, susceptibility to disease-related phenotypes, and lifespan. Yet, much remains to be uncovered about the genetic, hormonal, and molecular basis for these differences because many studies fail to include both sexes or to analyze data by sex.
Our workshop goals are to 1) raise awareness of sex differences in Drosophila biology by sharing data about the mechanisms of sex differences in development, physiology, and behaviour; 2) provide tips on how to meaningfully include both sexes in Drosophila research; 3) establish new scientific networks to accelerate the pace of discovery on sex differences in fly biology.

Speakers (12 minutes talk + 3 minutes questions):

1. Elizabeth Rideout: Studying sex differences in Drosophila

2. Brian McCabe: +/-10%: Sexual Dimorphism in the larval CNS

3. Deepika Vasudevan: Sex-specific differences in stress response signaling

4. Galit Shohat-Ophir: Failure to mate enhances investment in behaviors that may promote mating reward and impairs the ability to cope with stressors via a subpopulation of Neuropeptide F receptor neurons

5. Carolina Rezaval: Is love blind? Mating probability gates threat perception

6. Pau Carazo: Sexual selection and sexual conflict in complex environments

7. Lesley Weaver: The Drosophila Estrogen-Related Receptor acts as a central regulator of oogenesis

8. Benjamin Prud'homme: How inter-allelic interactions shape sex-specific expression of X-linked genes?

9. Yu Xuan: Sex, Drugs, and Longevity



  • Exploring Drosophila immunity beyond infection - Friday Oct 20th 13h-15h15 - Salon Pasteur

Orginized by Estee Kurant (University of Haifa, Israel), Angela Giangrande (IGBMC, Illkirch, France), Katrin Kierdorf (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany), and Bruno Lemaitre (EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)

imu1The function of the immune system is not limited to the control of infectious agents.. It plays important roles in removing dead cells and limiting tumor growth. It also works a signaling hub in development and physiology, hence maintaining tissue and energy homeostasis. Furthermore, dysregulation of the immune system upon aging, referred to as ‘inflammaging’, or upon changes induced by diet, referred to as “metaflammation” are now linked to many chronic diseases and seem to be well conserved in Drosophila. Previous studies have revealed that conditions such as tumor growth, neurodegeneration or obesity have an inflammatory axis, which essentially contributed to disease onset and progression. Thus, an exciting new line of research is to analyze the role that immune system components play beyond their traditional role in host defense and decipher their impact and mode of action in development, steady state and non-infectious disturbances. This workshop will be a forum to discuss new findings implicating the cellular and humoral immune systems in the control of the developmental immunity, aging, immunometabolism, neurodegeneration, tumor control, cell competition and other non-infectious contexts. We believe that Drosophila provides a powerful system to investigate the role of immunity in development, health and disease conditions.

Speakers (12 minutes talk + 3 minutes questions):

1. Caroline Dillard (Oslo, Norway): Role and regulation of NF-kB -driven tumorigenesis

2. Parvathy Ramesh (Glasgow, United Kingdom): Immune control of local and systemic manifestations of Colorectal Cancer in Drosophila

3. Hila Toledano (Haifa, Israel): Spontaneous and massive elimination of germ cell progenitors by phagoptosis

4. Bayan Kharrat (Szeged, Hungary): Dual role for the orthologue of HECA, Headcase, in blood cell progenitor maintenance in the Drosophila lymph gland

5. Sara Monticelli (Illkirch, France): Early-wave macrophages: novel string-puller of late hematopoiesis

6. Fabian Hersperger (Freiburg, Germany): Crosstalk between hemocytes and fat body regulates energy mobilization during oxidative stress

7. Naden Khateb (Haifa, Israel): Masking phosphatidylserine in adult Drosophila brain prevents developmental neuronal phagoptosis and rescues neurodegeneration

8. Francesca Di Cara (Halifax, Canada): Metabolic alteration of the gut-brain axis triggers IMD-mediated immune signaling in aging brains leading to neurodegeneration

9. Martina Montanari (Marseille, France): Larval microbiota primes the Drosophila adult gustatory response



  • The Gut workshop - Friday Oct 20th 15h30-17h45 - Auditorium Lumière

Organized by Julia Cordero (Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow and CRUK Beatson Institute, Glasgow, UK) and Irene Miguel-Aliaga (Imperial College London / MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, London, UK)

gutSince its conception in 2011 ‘The Gut Workshop’ has become one of the flagships of the EDRC.  After the long COVID-imposed hiatus, we are excited to re-launch it at EDRC 2023 in Lyon. Groundbreaking work has been done in the past three years on the role of the digestive tract as a fundamental barrier epithelium and coordinator of multiorgan physiology. The goal of this workshop is to bring together the most exciting ongoing research on local and systemic functions regulated by the intestine.  Our exciting program includes research that spans cellular, tissue level and organismal scale. Topics will encompass intestinal stem cell biology, including their interaction with the microenvironment, gut/microbiome interactions and interorgan signalling between the intestine and metabolic, immune, and neuronal systems.



Speakers (12 minutes talk + 3 minutes questions): 

1. Lucy O’Brien: Cutting loose: Mechanosensitive cell extrusions shrink the gut following food withdrawal

2. Golnar Kolahgar: Mechanotransduction in the stem cell niche

3. Ditte Andersen: Pvf1-PvR-mediated crosstalk between the trachea and the gut stimulates intestinal stem cell migration and divisions during gut regeneration

4. Sa Kan Yoo: Erebosis, cell death during homeostatic turnover of gut enterocytes

5. Chrysoula Pitsouli: The sterol transporter Npc2c controls intestinal stem cell mitosis and host-microbiome interactions in Drosophila

6. Fumiaki Obata: Gut Microbiome for metabolic homeostasis and inflammaging

7. Edan Foley: Immune Regulation of Intestinal Stem Cell Survival

8. Ryusuke Niwa: A high-protein diet-responsive enteroendocrine hormone regulates feeding behavior and metabolic optimization in Drosophila

9. Katerina Siudeja: Somatic genome instability and endogenous retroelement activity



  • The Ageing workshop - Friday Oct 20th 15h30-17h45 - Auditorium Pasteur

Organized by Helena Cochemé (MRCLMS (London Institute of Medical Sciences), & Imperial CollegeLondon, UK) and Gilles Storelli (CECAD (Cluster of Excellence for Aging Research) University of Cologne, Germany)

Ageing is a cagingomplex biological process that leads to widespread changes in physiology, and to the deterioration of organismal function. The significance of ageing research is highlighted by the fact that advancing age is a major risk factor for many severe diseases, such as cancer, neurodegeneration and cardiovascular disorders, as well as metabolic dysfunction, such as diabetes. Characterising the underlying biological pathways and processes that are implicated in ageing, and the impact of these perturbations on systemic physiology has the potential to overcome important barriers for healthy ageing. This ‘Ageing Workshop’ will capture the exciting momentum in the field, and ensure that the fly community continues to be represented as a driver of innovative discoveries into ageing.




Speakers (12 minutes talk + 3 minutes questions): 

1. Sara AL ISSA (Institute of Neurosciences Paris-Saclay (NeuroPSI), France): Characterization of a cluster of three snoRNAs, including jouvence, involved in lifespan, neurodegeneration, and metabolism, in Drosophila

2. Geetanjali CHAWLA (Shiv Nadar Institute of Eminence, India): miR-375 regulates dietary restriction dependent enhancement of lifespan in Drosophila

3. Gaia FABRIS (University of Helsinki, Finland): PWP1 affects aging by mediating intestinal stem cell homeostasis in a nutrient dependent manner

4. Claudia LENNICKE (Imperial College London, UK):Redox regulation of autophagy extends lifespan in Drosophila

5. Polina REICHERT (University of Glasgow, UK): Mitochondrial redox protein quality control as a key determinant in ageing

6. Michael RERA (Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire, France): Studying ageing as a two phases process: into Smurfness

7. Mathilde SOLYGA (Institute of Biology Valrose, France): Regulation and function of ribonucleoprotein granules in the aging Drosophila brain

8. Wei SONG (Wuhan University, China): Renal NF-kB activation impairs uric acid homeostasis to shorten lifespan in the context of tumors

9. Alessio VAGNONI (King's College London, UK and University of Coimbra, Portugal): In vivo characterisation of mitochondrial contact sites in Drosophila neurons: implications for ageing and neurodegeneration



  • The Innovative Imaging and Quantitative Image Analysis workshop - Friday Oct 20th 15h30-17h45 - Salon Pasteur

Organized by Frank Schnorrer (IBDM, Marseille, France) and Pavel Tomancak (MPI CBG, Dresden, Germany) 


This interdisciplinary workshop aims to introduce and discuss quantitative approaches to various imaging technologies applied or developed for Drosophila biology. It will also highlight smart developments to convert images to quantitative data.

Speakers (12 minutes talk + 3 minutes questions):

1. Pavel Tomancak (MPI CBG, Dresden, Germany): Mastodon: the real deal for developmental lineage analysis

2. Romain Levayer (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France): Automatic detection of cellular events in large movies through machine learning

3. Katja Röper (LMB, Cambridge, UK): Imaging the mechanisms and mechanics of tube morphogenesis

4. Stephan Preibisch (Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, USA): Reconstructing the complete fruit fly central nervous system connectome from isotropic FIB-SEM data

5. Virginia Pimmett (IGMM, Montpellier, France, Mounia Lagha lab): The central dogma goes live in the early embryo

6. Matteo Rauzi (iBV, Nice): Composite morphogenesis: how can a tissue fold and extend at the same time

7. Markus Affolter (Biozentrum, Basel, Switzerland): Engineer the fly genome for protein visualization and manipulation

8. Frank Schnorrer (IBDM, Marseille, France): Nanobodies, DNA-PAINT super-resolution imaging and spatial transcriptomics in adult fly tissue



Looking forward to welcoming you at the upcoming EDRC in Lyon !

Best regards, 

The EDRC2023 Organizing Committee

(F.Leulier, Y. Ghavi-Helm, M. Grammont, J. Enriquez, B.Mollereau, B.Loppin, S.Merabet)

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