1-3 October 2018
Seminar-Hotel Rigi am See, Weggis, Switzerland

About the Workshop

The EurOPDX Consortium is an initiative of translational and clinical researchers from 18 academic cancer centres and universities across Europe and in the United States, 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 five years, the Consortium has been starting to work on structuring European efforts in the field, for instance through the harmonisation of procedures and activities to make our joined resource of 1,500+ PDX models accessible to the scientific community.

These efforts were recently supported by a four-year Horizon 2020 grant to build a EurOPDX Research Infrastructure for trans-national access to PDX models (more on 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.

Building on the success of our first educational workshop in October 2016 (www.europdxworkshop2016.eu), this event will now become bi-annual. The second edition, held again on the shores of beautiful Lake Luzern, will feature speakers from the Consortium, as well as from other international academics and industry to cover in particular the following topics:

  • PDX for modelling of metastases
  • Use of ex vivo/in vitro modelsto predict in vivo drug responses
  • PDX initiatives
  • Raising standards in the PDX field
  • Clonal evolution & Humanisation of models

Speakers will include

James H. Doroshow National Cancer Institute, NIH

Lara Rizzotto TRACE Platform KU Leuven

Penelope D. Ottewell University of Sheffield

Purificación Muñoz Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute IDIBELL

Enzo Medico University of Turin

Uri Ben-David Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

Alana Welm University of Utah

Li-Chin Yao The Jackson Laboratory

The meeting will be an opportunity to meet and exchange with world-renowned experts in the field. A "Meet the experts" session will also be organised, as a targeted networking opportunity focusing on your particular research interest and/or issue encountered in your research. Selected abstracts will be presented in two poster sessions, and several abstracts will also be selected for short talks (PhD and postdocs only).

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 Manchester Cancer Research Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

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

Rob Clarke Manchester Cancer Research Centre, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Anna Gandaglia The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Silvia Giordano University of Torino – IRCC, Candiolo, Italy

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

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

Enzo Medico University of Torino, Candiolo Cancer Institute IRCCS, Candiolo, Italy

James P. Morris seeding science, Limelette, Belgium

Sergio Roman-Roman Institut Curie, Limelette, Belgium

Emilie Vinolo seeding science, Limelette, Belgium

Leo Price OcellO B.V., Leiden, The Netherlands

Marieke van de Ven, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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:

  • Train - Zurich airport to Luzern Bahnhof (IR70 direct every hour (**:47) – 1 hr 2 mins – 30 CHF)
  • Walk - Luzern Bahnhof to Luzern Bahnhofquai ferry (5 mins)
  • Boat - Luzern Bahnhofquai to Weggis (Direction: Vitznau every hour – 40 mins – 14 CHF)
  • Walk - Weggis to Hotel (10 mins)


  • Train - Zurich airport to Luzern Bahnhof (IR70 direct every hour (**:47) – 1 hr 2 mins – 30 CHF)
  • Train - Luzern Bahnof to Küssnacht am Rigi (to St. Gallen - VAE (direct): stop at Küssnacht am Rigi – 20 mins – 4.30 CHF - Infos)
  • Bus - Küssnacht am Rigi to Weggis (to Schwyz, Post - Bus No.2: stop at Weggis, Dörfli – 13 mins - Infos)
  • Walk - Weggis to Hotel (5 mins)

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 8.00 CHF per day and car, not included in the registration fee.


Registration to the 2018 Workshop is now closed.
Email us at workshop@europdx.eu if you wish to receive info about the next edition in 2020

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

Key dates

  • Abstract submission opens: May 16, 2018
  • Abstract submission closes: July 6, 2018
  • Registration closes: July 15, 2018
  • Abstract acceptance feedback: end of July 2018

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 workshop@europdx.eu