Twelfth Annual ENBDC Workshop: Methods in Mammary Gland Biology and Breast Cancer

J Mammary Gland Biol Neoplasia. 2021 Sep;26(3):221-226. doi: 10.1007/s10911-021-09498-z. Epub 2021 Aug 26.


The twelfth annual workshop of the European Network for Breast Development and Cancer focused on methods in mammary gland biology and breast cancer, was scheduled to take place on March 26-28, 2020, in Weggis, Switzerland. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was rescheduled twice and eventually happened as a virtual meeting on April 22 and 23, 2021. The main topics of the meeting were branching and development of the mammary gland, tumor microenvironment, circulating tumor cells, tumor dormancy and breast cancer metastasis. Novel and unpublished findings related to these topics were presented, with a particular focus on the methods used to obtain them. Virtual poster sessions were a success, with many constructive and fruitful interactions between researchers and covered many areas of mammary gland biology and breast cancer.

Keywords: Branching; Breast cancer; Breast development; Circulating tumor cells; In vivo live imaging; Lineage tracing; Mammary gland; Metastasis; Organoids; Patient-derived xenografts; Premetastatic niche; Resistance to therapy; Signaling; Transcriptomics; Tumor dormancy; Tumor microenvironment.

Publication types

  • Congress
  • Editorial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers, Tumor / metabolism
  • Biomedical Research / methods*
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Breast Neoplasms / metabolism
  • Breast Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammary Glands, Human / growth & development
  • Mammary Glands, Human / metabolism
  • Mammary Glands, Human / pathology*
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Neoplastic Cells, Circulating
  • Prognosis
  • Tumor Microenvironment


  • Biomarkers, Tumor