EMBO Workshop - Molecular Mechanisms of muscle growth and wasting in health and disease

Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland

15-20 September, 2013


This meeting will focus on the molecular mechanisms involved in muscle wasting diseases including cachexia, sarcopenia and muscular dystrophies. Its focus on disease aspects in skeletal muscle, its interactive format and its small size makes this meeting unique.


The conference will take place on September 15-20, 2013 at the Centro Stefano Franscini, the conference center of the ETH Zurich, located at Monte Verità, a beautiful hill on top of the lake town of Ascona, in Southern Switzerland.


The conference program will feature the following sessions:

  • Repair mechanisms of skeletal muscle
  • Disease of the nerve-muscle connection
  • Excitation-contraction coupling, calcium handling and mitochondria
  • Mechanisms controlling muscle size
  • Epigenetics and microRNAs in muscle function
  • Metabolic dynamics of skeletal muscle
  • Interaction of skeletal muscle with other organs
  • Mechanisms of sarcopenia and cachexia
  • Muscular dystrophies and development of therapeutic strategies


The conference is limited to 120 participants. As we expect more applicants, we highly encourage to submit an abstract, which will help us to select participants and speakers of short talks. 


Markus A. Rüegg, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland


David Glass, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, USA


NEW: Final program now available

NEW: Posters list


NEW: Poster guidelines now available





NEW: Abstracts submission and pre-registration are now closed. The conference is full.




For questions please contact Paolo Demaria