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The brainstorming meeting that was scheduled to occur on the occasion of the 11th ICCNS meeting, could finally be held in Nice, on April 4th, in spite of the Covid pandemics and political troubled times.  Colleagues from various scientific fields and societies, sharing our interest in Cellular Signaling and Communication, were invited to critically discuss the ARBIOCOM project that we presented three years ago, during the Niagara CCN meeting.

The major goal of the non-profit ARBIOCOM (Association for Research on Biosignaling and Communication) is to foster the reunion of scientific societies members interested in cellular signaling at all levels, including: cellular signal transduction, intercellular communication, communication with the microenvironment, but also remote communication involving soluble circulating factors, hormones, extracellular vesicles, and communication between cells and organs in response to bacterial and viral infection.

The brainstorming meeting members examined the possibility of sharing our views and take this unique opportunity to join our efforts and develop new comprehensive approaches, in a friendliness environment.

Thanks to the very productive intellectual blending and positive personal interactions that occurred during this meeting, it was agreed that the ARBIOCOM would provide the ground for a federation of societies and their journals into a “network”, where each society remains independent entities, in order to promote collaborative research in cell signaling and communication, in healthy and pathological processes and disseminate new research findings via publication and via formal and informal meetings.

A steering committee (formal composition to be published shortly) will work in order to examine administrative details, organize the first ARBIOCOM joint event and invite other societies to participate.

Bernard Perbal,

President@iccns.net, info@arbiocom.org