As I mentioned above, the ICCNS also needed to be revamped, in close interactive cooperation with the reorganization of JCCS.
We indeed believe that both JCCS and the ICCNS are scientifically cross fertilizing, as shown by the publication of many Bits and Bytes updates, that were simultaneously published in JCCS and on the CCN society website, but also by the organization of JCCS-sponsored International Workshops on the CCN family of genes which provided unique opportunities to researchers working in the CCN field to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from other fields.
Recent results obtained with biological components sharing functional similarities with the CCN proteins, raised the possibility that the concept of a Cellular Communication Network factors, constituting the basis for the official nomenclature of the CCN proteins (Perbal et al. 2018) might also apply to other families of proteins interacting with the CCN proteins through cross-regulated multiplayer complex pathways (manuscript in preparation and Perbal 2019).
For technical reasons beyond of our control, the ICCNS website had not been operative for a few months at the beginning of 2022. Now that the issues have been resolved, the website is now back on line and functional.
Its very early presentation style will be modified and modernized, soon after the 11th workshop on the CCN family of Genes will be held.
After a long incubation period, that was frequently interrupted by the first COVID-19 pandemic events and subsequent confinements, I could finally propose the creation of a new non-profit scientific society (ARBIOCOM) whose major aim is to permit joint meetings, and foster scientific live exchange, between members of societies interested in the thematics of cell signaling and cell communication at large, with the strong guaranty that all of them would keep their original identity. A summary of our first step towards these goals is presented on the CCN society website.
As one of the founding members of the ARBIOCOM projects, the International CCN society has proposed a wide opening of our next International Workshop on the CCN family of Genes in Nice (20–24 October 2022) to any junior or senior researcher interested in Cell Communication and Signaling to participate, at the CCN members’ rate to mixed sessions in which scientists from different horizons will be given the possibility to share views and projects.
A report on the CCN workshop, with abstracts of the presentations, will be published shortly after the meeting and indexed on PubMed.