Scientific Program

Nov 15 - 17, 2023 | Leuven, Belgium

Wednesday, November 15th

12:30 am – 2:00 pm

Check-In + set-up Posters

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Opening Lecture


2:00 pm

Introduction by Geert Bultynck

2:15 pm
Endoplasmic reticulum biology and Ca2+-release channels

by Jan B. Parys

Jan B. Parys
3:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Session 1: Ca2+ in pathophysiology


3:15 pm

by Thomas Voets


3:20 pm
Targeting ER signaling as an approach to treat neurodegeneration

by Ilya Bezprozvanny


lya Bezprozvanny
3:50 pm
Calcium signaling in cancer cells: new challenges

by Natalia Prevarskaya


Natalia Prevarskaya
4:20 pm
Selected Short Talk 1


4:35 pm
Coffee Break
5:00 pm
Calcium signaling and neuropathy

by Barbara Ehrlich


Barbara Ehrlich
5:30 pm
Selected Short Talk 2


5:55 pm
Dimitri Staelens

An introduction to Zytology and the history of Belgian Beer



Dimitri Staelens
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Opening Beer & Cheese reception

Thursday November 16th

8:30 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 12:05 pm

Session 2: Novel insights in Ca2+-transport systems


9:00 AM

by Llew Roderick

9:05 AM
Opening Lecture: ORP5/ORP8, phosphatidylserine and STIM1-Orai1 interaction and function

by Shmuel Muallem

Shmuel Muallem
9:35 AM
Keynote Lecture: Lessons learned from in vivo measurements of Ca2+ signals in exocrine glands

by David Yule

David Yule
10:10 AM
Selected Short Talk 3

by TBA

10:25 AM
Selected Short Talk 4

by TBA

10:40 AM
Coffee Break
11:05 AM
Novel insights in NAADP signaling

by Andreas Guse

Andreas Guse
11:35 AM
Selected Short Talk 5

by TBA

11:50 AM
Selected Short Talk 6

by TBA

12:10 pm – 2:10pm

Sandwich lunch with poster session (Odd Numbers)


2:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Session 3: Cell death and survival

2:15 PM

by Patrizia Agostinis

2:20 PM
The sophisticated Ca2+toolkit required for the initiation of development in mammals

by Rafael Fissore

Rafael Fissore
2:50 PM
Selected Short Talk 7

by TBA

3:05 PM
Selected Short Talk 8

by TBA

3:20 PM
Selected Short Talk 9

by TBA

3:35 PM
The Cell Calcium sponsored Keynote lecture: Calcium fluxes in cell death

by Ana Garcia-Saez

Ana Garcia-Saez
4:30 pm – 7:15 pm

Socio-cultural activities or free time

7:30 pm

Dinner at ‘t Oud Gasthuys

Address: Brusselsestraat 63B – Leuven

(Inner Square 30CC near to Roman Gate)

Friday, November 17th

8:30 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am – 10:35 am

Session 4: Mitochondrial Ca2+

9:00 AM

by Martin D. Bootman

9:05 AM
Licensing of IP3Rs that deliver Ca2+ to mitochondria – a KRAP story

by Peace Atakpa

Peace Atakpa
9:35 AM
Calcium signalling and organelle contact sites: two interconnected elements in physiological and pathological conditions

by Paola Pizzo

Paola Pizzo
10:05 AM
Selected Short Talk 10

by TBA

10:20 AM
Selected Short Talk 11

by TBA

10:35 AM – 11:00 AM
Coffee Break
11:00 am – 1:10 pm

Session 5: Novel insights in Ca2+-binding proteins & effectors

11:00 AM

by NN

11:05 AM
Molecular segregation of calmodulin mutation phenotypes

by Malene Brohus

Malene Brohus
11:35 AM
Interplay between stress sensing, signaling and cardiac excitation-contraction (E-C) coupling

by Marek Michalak

Marek Michalak
12:05 PM
Systematic discovery of calcineurin signaling pathways

by Martha Cyert

Martha Cyert
12:35 PM
Selected Short Talk 12

by TBA

12:50 PM
Selected Short Talk 13

by TBA

1:10 PM – 3:10 PM

Sandwich lunch with poster session: even numbers

3:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Closing Lecture

3:15 PM

by NN

3:20 PM
IP3 receptors and ER-mitochondrial contact sites

by Gyorgy Hajnoczky

Gyorgy Hajnoczky
4:20 PM
Concluding Remarks and Awards

by NN

4:45 PM – 6:15 PM

Closing Reception

8:00 PM – END

Party at Bar Vista, indicate on registration if attending



The day following the conclusion of this workshop there will also be an academic session organized on Saturday November 18th in the afternoon celebrating the retirement of Jan Parys. Workshop attendees and speakers are cordially invited to this session in the University Hallen (Naamsestraat 22). More information about this will be provided later.


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