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Annual Meeting 2018

Portuguese Society of Genetics

i3S, Porto | 14-15 of June, 2018 


The Portuguese Society of Genetics is currently organizing its next annual meeting that will take place 14-15 of June 2018 at the i3S (Institute for Research and Innovation in Health, University of Porto). This meeting represents an opportunity to promote research in Genetics in different model organisms including work on human genomics and disease.



The meeting is designed so that we can provide a forum for genetics research in Portugal and abroad with special emphasis in promoting the participation of PhD students, postdocs and young researchers. Therefore, we had secured the presence of two foreign guest who will present work on chromosome biology and genomics and have invited a number of young researchers working in Portugal to give talks. Care has been taken to cover not only different scientific field but also institutes and universities across the country. We have also reserved a number of short talks to be selected from the submitted abstracts so as to give an opportunity to PhD students and postdocs to present their work.



This year we have chosen not to organize thematic session and in this way to encourage all to participate during the two-day meeting. We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us since we are sure your contribution will be essential for the success of the meeting. 

Looking forward to see you in Porto later this year. 





The Scientific Committee


The meeting will be held at Mariano Gago Auditorium, in i3S – Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde.




Rua Alfredo Allen, 208  |  4200-135 Porto, Portugal

Tel: +351 220 408 800 | Site: http://www.i3s.up.pt/ | E-mail: events@i3s.up.pt

GPS coordinates: 41º 10’ 30.008’’ N, 8º 36’ 12.488’’ W.





Scientific Committee

Claudio Sunkel, i3S/ IBMC, Universidade do Porto
Élio Sucena, Universidade de Lisboa
Cecília Arraiano, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Isabel Sá Nogueira, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Jaime Mota, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Jorge Canhoto, Universidade de Coimbra
Jorge Vieira, i3S/ IBMC
Leonor Cancela, Universidade do Algarve
Raquel Chaves, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes
Carla Oliveira, i3S/ IPATIMUP
Jörg Becker, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência
Sandra Viegas, Universidade Nova Lisboa
Manuel Santos, Universidade de Aveiro
Margarida Casal, Universidade do Minho


Thursday | 14th June


09:00-10:30    Registration and open coffee break
10:30-11:00    Welcome address



11:00-13:00  Session I  //  Chair: Élio Sucena


11:00-11:30 Eco-evolutionary dynamics in the microbiota of the mammalian intestine 

Isabel Gordo, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência


11:30-12:00 Global transcriptional control of pathogenesis related phenotypes in Candida glabrata: using Functional Genomics and Systems Biology approaches

Miguel Teixeira, Instituto Superior Técnico


12:00-12:30 Genetically Engineered Protein-Based (co)Polymers: at the crossroad of biology and materials science

Raul Machado, Universidade do Minho


12:30-12:40 SELECTED TALKBiotechnological Production of Antimicrobial Peptides Using Protein Polymer Tags

Ana Margarida Pereira, CBMA – Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental, Universidade do Minho


12:40-12:50 SELECTED TALKBioinformatic tools to study Solanaceae S-pollen gametophytic self-incompatibility evolution: BDBM, ADOPS and B+ database

Cristina Vieira, i3S/ IBMC, Universidade do Porto


12:50-13:00 SELECTED TALK: Transcriptomic Analysis of the in vitro Evolution of a Susceptible Candida glabrata Clinical Isolate towards Azole Resistance

Mafalda Cavalheiro, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa


13:00-15:00 Lunch and Poster Session I


15:00-16:30 Session II  //  Chair: Carla Oliveira


15:00-15:30 Genomic power to redeem from oblivion

Luisa Pereira, i3S/ IPATIMUP


15:30-16:00 Aneuploidy tolerance of neural stem cells impairs adult lifespan in flies

Raquel Oliveira, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência


16:00- 16:10 Selected Talk: MCL1 is regulated by post-transcriptional mechanisms in human T cells

Isabel Pereira-Castro, i3S/ IBMC, Universidade do Porto


16:10-16:20 Selected Talk: Vitamin C biosynthesis in D. melanogaster: alternatives to GULO and influence of microbiome

Sílvia Henriques, i3S/ IBMC, Universidade do Porto


16:20-16:30 Selected Talk: MPS1-mediated phosphorylation of BUBR1 is required for a fully functional Spindle Assembly Checkpoint

Ana Sofia Cunha-Silva, i3S/ IBMC, Universidade do Porto

16:30-17:00 Coffee Break 



Invited Lecture I  //  Chair: Manuel Santos


17:00-18:00 Resolving Tissue and Tumor Heterogeneity by Single-Cell Genomics

Holger Heyn, CNAG-Barcelona


18:30-19:30 General Assembly SPG



Friday | 15th June


Session III  //  Chair: Leonor Cancela


09:30-10:00 Looking for Humboldt’s parrot: the use of different dimensions of human diversity to reconstruct the history of populations

Jorge Rocha, CIBIIO


10:00-10:30 Polyglutamine diseases: lessons from disease pathogenesis and clues into therapy  

Clévio Nobrega, Universidade do Algarve


10:30-10:40 Selected Talk: Charting the genomic jigsaw puzzle of admixture and selection in Arabian Peninsula

Verónica Fernandes, i3S-IPATIMUP, Universidade do Porto

10:40-10:50 Selected Talk: Philadelphia chromosome-positive leukemia: Novel genetic variations that impair treatment response

Raquel Vinhas, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa


10:50-11:00 Selected Talk: New in-silico approach to infer binding surfaces in wild-type and mutant Ataxin-1

Sara Rocha, i3S/ IBMC, Universidade do Porto 



11:00-11:30 Coffee Break


Session IV  //  Chair: Margarida Casal


11:30-12:00 Coordination between peptidoglycan synthesis and cell division in bacteria

Mariana Pinho, Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biologica, Universidade Nova de Lisboa


12:00-12:30 miRNAS as biomarkers and targets in liver disease

Cecília Rodrigues, Instituto de Investigação do Medicamento (iMed.ULisboa), Universidade de Lisboa


12:30-12:40 Selected Talk: Whole-exome sequencing reveals discrete etiologies between semen hyperviscosity and asthenozoospermia

Patrícia Isabel Marques, i3S-IPATIMUP, Universidade do Porto

12:40-12:50 Selected Talk: Estimating the maternal genetic turnover in Europe during the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods

João Guimarães, CBMA – Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental, Universidade do Minho

12:50-13:00 Selected Talk: Functional characterization of Cyberlindnera jadinii carboxylate transporters in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Maria Sousa-Silva, CBMA – Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental, Universidade do Minho


13:00-15:00 Lunch and Poster Session II



Session V  //  Chair: Rui Martinho


15:00-15:30 The “monday morning” of an epithelial cell

Eurico Morais de Sá, i3S/ IBMC


15:30-16:00 From useless to a leading role: the biology of genomes and chromosomes directed by satellite DNAs

Filomena Adega, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes


16:00-16:30 Selected Talk: The genetic impact of the foraging-based “Coastal Neolithic” and Rice Neolithic in Mainland Southeast Asia

Mafalda Almeida, CBMA – Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental, Universidade do Minho

16:10-16:20 Selected talk: Insisting on the error: On the emergence and maintenance of high mutation rates within the gut microbiota

Ricardo S. Ramiro, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

16:20-16:30 Selected talk: Metabolic and hormonal regulation of Drosophila neural stem cells during brain development

Andreia Oliveira, Nova Medical School-CEDOC, Universidade Nova de Lisboa



16:30-17:00 Coffee Break 


Invited lecture II  //  Chair: Claudio Sunkel


17:00-18:00 Using Drosophila tumours to understand malignant and normal growth during development

Cayetano Gonzalez, IRB Barcelona


18:00-18:30 Awards and Closing remarks

Abstract Submission

The call for abstracts will be open until 24th May (notification of acceptance for a talk or poster will be send by June 1st).

The meeting will include 15 talks and poster sessions as part of the program, during which contributors will have the opportunity to introduce and attract attention to their work. Candidates can select their preference for an oral or poster presentation.



The participants should use the layout provided here: 

There are no limits to the number of abstracts submitted.

Prize for the best poster and best selected oral communication.


Registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunches and meeting material. 


Early bird registration | until 7th May 2018


Payment deadline: 14th May 


Students | SPG member - 35€
Students | Non SPG member* - 40€
Regular registration | SPG member - 50€
Regular registration | Non SPG member* - 70€



Late registration |  from 8th May until 1st June 2018

Payment deadline: 8th June

Students | SPG member - 45€
Students | Non SPG member* - 50€
Regular registration | SPG member - 60€
Regular registration | Non SPG member* - 80€


* Upon registration, non SPG members will become a member of Sociedade Portuguesa de Genética until March 31, 2019.

Payment Details


Please identify your name clearly and the Registration ID when ordering the transfer and send us a copy of the transfer receipt to events@i3s.up.pt .

The receipts will be issued only if requested and amendments will not be accepted. If you need to receive the invoice before making the payment, please send an e-mail to events@i3s.up.pt . Full payment of costs should be made in EURO (payments in any other currency will not be accepted). Currency exchanges or bank fees have to be paid by the registrant. In case of cancellation, the registration fee will not be refunded.




Bank Details


Bank Holder Name: IBMC

Bank: Millennium BCP

NIB: 0033.0000.00041037008.26

IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 0004 1037 0082 6


IBMC Vat Number: 503 828 360



Walking distance to i3S


Hotel Ibis São João **
Rua Dr. Plácido Costa | 4200-450 Porto
Website: http://www.ibis.com/pt
Telephone: (+351) 225 513 100
E-mail: H3227@ACCOR.COM
Walking distance: 10 minutes


Axis Porto – Business & SPA Hotel ****
Rua Maria Feliciana, 100 – São Mamede de Infesta
4465-283 Matosinhos – Porto
Website: http://www.axishoteis.com/pt/Axis-Hoteis
Phone: (+351) 229 052 000
Fax.: (+351) 229 052 009
E-mail: reservas@axisporto.com
Walking distance: 15 minutes


Eurostars Oporto Hotel ****
Rua do Mestre Guilherme Camarinha, 212
4200-537 Porto
Website: http://www.eurostarsoporto.com/
Phone: (+351) 225 072 090
Fax.: (+351) 225 072 099
E-mail: reservas@eurostarsoporto.com
Walking distance: 15 minutes



Accessible by subway from Porto city center


Pão de Açucar Hotel ***
Rua do Almada, 262 | 4050-032 Porto
Website: http://www.paodeacucarhotel.pt/
Telephone: (+351) 222 002 425 / 222 011 589
E-mail: info@paodeacucarhotel.pt
Average time: 15 minutes


Quality Inn Porto ***
Praça da Batalha, 127-130 | 4000-102 Porto
Website: http://www.continentalhotels.eu/site/hotels/view/24.html
Telephone: (+351) 223 392 300
E-mail: quality.batalha@grupo-continental.com
Average time: 20 minutes



Rua Arquitecto Marques da Silva, 200, 4150-483 Porto – Portugal
Tel: +351 226 194 100 Fax: +351 226 194 160
Webpage: http://societyofgenetics2018.hfhotels.com/
E-mail: porto@hfhotels.com
Average time: 30 minutes


Trindade Porto Hotel ****
Rua de Camões, nº 129 / 131 | 4000-144 Porto
Website: http://www.portotrindadehotel.com/formularios.aspx?id=1
Telephone: (+351) 222 061 520 | E-mail: geral@portotrindadehotel.com
Average time: 15 minutes





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