3-5 October 2016
Seminar-Hotel Rigi am See, Weggis, Switzerland

About the Workshop

The EurOPDX Consortium is an initiative of translational and clinical researchers from 16 academic cancer centres and universities across 10 European countries, with the common goal of creating a network of clinically relevant models of human cancer, and in particular patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models. In the past three years, the Consortium has been starting to work on structuring European efforts in the field, for instance through harmonisation of procedures and activities to make our joined resource of 1,500+ PDX models accessible to the scientific community (www.europdx.eu).

Part of the Consortium's objectives is to open up to other researchers in Europe and worldwide, and in particular teach young researchers state-of- the-art techniques related to PDX models and preclinical drug development.

The Consortium is now organising its first educational workshop by the shores of beautiful Lake Luzern, which will feature speakers from the Consortium, as well as from other international academics and industry.
We will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • PDX models derivation
  • Next generation PDXs such as humanised models
  • Intra-tumour heterogeneity
  • Resistance to treatment
  • PDX-derived tumour cells in therapeutic testing
  • PDXs strategies to inform clinical decision-making

Speakers will include

Michael Lewis Baylor College of Medicine

Sergio Roman-Roman Institut Curie

Alejandra Bruna Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute

Andrea Bertotti University of Torino – IRCC

Kris Frese Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

Els Hermans Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Kristel Kemper The Netherlands Cancer Institute

Stephane Ferretti Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research

The meeting will be an opportunity to meet and exchange with world-renowned experts in the field, in particular in «Meet the Experts Round Tables»; where details of procedures and issues in several cancer types or technologies such as imaging will be discussed in small groups. Selected abstracts will be presented in two poster sessions, and several abstracts will also be selected for short talks.

Registration is limited to 120 attendees to allow optimal networking and collaboration. So don’t wait any longer to register and submit your abstract!


Scientific &
Organising Committee

Jos Jonkers (President) The Netherlands Cancer institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Mohamed Bentires-Alj (Co-President) University of Basel / University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Denis Alférez University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Annette Byrne Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

Rob Clarke University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Silvia Giordano University of Torino – IRCC, Candiolo, Italy

Eva Gonzalez-Suarez Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research, Barcelona, Spain

Els Hermans Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Steven de Jong University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Sergio Roman-Roman Institut Curie, Paris, France

Hind Hafsi seeding science, Paris, France

Emilie Vinolo seeding science, Paris, France

Venue & Access

Seminar-Hotel Rigi am See
Seestrasse 53-57
6353 Weggis

Tel.: +41 41 392 03 92
Fax: +41 41 392 03 93

1. Fly to Zurich Airport
2. Access from the airport to the hotel:
Option 1: Train + boat (Duration: 2h, Transport fares: CHF 48.60)

  • Take the InterRegio train to Luzern (1 h)
  • Walk to Luzern Bahnhofquai to take the boat (7 min)
  • Boat to Weggis (Direction: Vitznau) (40 min)
  • Walk to the hotel (12 min)

Option 2, in case you miss the last boat: 2 trains + bus (Duration: 2h20, Transport fares: CHF 31.60)

  • Take the 1 st train to Luzern (InterRegio train) (1h)
  • Take the 2 nd train to Küssnacht am Rigi (Voralpen-Express train to St. Gallen) (20 min)
  • Walk to Küssnacht am Rigi, Banhof (1 min) (Direction: Küssnacht am Rigi, Rotenhofstr) and take the Bus no. 2 to Weggis, Dörfli (Direction: Schwyz,Post) (13 min)
  • Walk to the hotel (7 min)

Timetable for boats to and from Weggis
Swiss public transportation website

If you come by car, there is a public parking next to the hotel with a charge of CHF 6.00 per day and car, not included in the registration fee.


Registration to the workshop is now closed.

    Poster dimensions:
  • Format: Portrait
  • Maximum Dimensions: 118cm width x 145cm height

Key dates

  • Abstract submission opens: May 20, 2016
  • Abstract submission closes: July 14, 2016
  • Registration closes: July 29, 2016
  • Abstract acceptance feedback: last week of July 2016

Registration fees

PhDs & Postdocs* EurOPDX member Academic non member Industry
Full registration fees PhDs & Postdocs* : 450€ EurOPDX member : 500€ Academic non member : 700€ Industry : 900€
Reduced fees** PhDs & Postdocs* : 350€ EurOPDX member : 400€ Academic non member : 600€ Industry : 800€

* Registration fee for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows, from an academic institution either member or non-member of EurOPDX.
** A discount of 100 Euros is applied for applicants sharing a room (twin-bedded room). Beside the reduced fee, sharing a room guarantees to stay in the hotel venue.

Registration includes:

  • Entry to the workshop venue/sessions
  • Wifi access
  • Abstract book and conference bag
  • Dinner, lunch and coffee breaks
  • Pre-dinner open bar during poster sessions
  • Gala dinner
  • Accommodation (2 overnight stay with breakfast)

Fees do not include travel to and from the workshop venue.


For further information concerning registration, accommodation and/or abstract submission or if you would like to increase your visibility within the European PDX community and know about sponsorship options for the Workshop.

Please contact us at workshop2016@europdx.eu