[Molecular-evolution] Final call for applications, Emergent Properties of the Cytoskeleton: Molecules to Cells, 3-8 October 2010, Spain

Aurélie Sissler via mol-evol%40net.bio.net (by ASissler from esf.org)
Fri Jul 9 08:34:09 EST 2010

- Final Call for Applications/Papers - ESF-EMBO Symposium: Emergent Properties of the Cytoskeleton: Molecules to Cells, 3-8 October 2010 - Spain

Chair: Michelle Peckham - University of Leeds, UK
Co-Chair: Claudia Veigel - National Institute of Medical Research, UK

The cytoskeletal field is fast moving and changing very quickly. As well as new discoveries in how proteins are assembled, regulated and interact to contribute to cell behaviour and function, there are new developments in imaging technology, and in chemical biology that are pushing forward the frontiers of research into the cytoskeleton and cell behaviour. Indeed, cytoskeletal research often works as a paradigm for the development of new imaging techniques and experimental approaches, because of its well characterized cellular structure. This conference will address the best and the newest developments in this research area. It brings together researchers from a broad range of scientific backgrounds, but with a common aim of understanding the basic properties of the cytoskeleton, and how it is organised and utilised by cells and tissues.

This meeting intends to capitalize on the cross-fertilization of ideas between researchers from different experimental backgrounds to generate new collaborations and ideas. The topics to be covered include subjects from passive mechanical properties of the cytoskeleton, to how the cytoskeleton acts as tracks for motors and the behaviour of single molecules that move along these tracks, and how the cytoskeleton and motors are regulated inside cells.  It will cover emerging and state-of-the-art techniques used to investigate the properties of these molecules in vitro ranging from biochemical approaches to optical trapping and AFM, and it will showcase how experimental work is increasingly integrating what we know from studies of isolated molecules to how macromolecular assemblies interact and function in cells, providing a molecular understanding for complex systems.

We particularly want to encourage young researchers to attend, and become involved in this exciting and challenging area of research.

Conference format:

·         lectures by invited high level speakers

·         short talks by young & early stage researchersposter sessions, round table and open discussion periods

·         forward look panel discussion about future developments

Invited speakers will include:

Plenary Lecture on Photo-Activated Localization Microscopy

·         Jennifer Lippincott Schwartz - NIH, US

Cytoskeletal Motors

·         Stan Burgess - Leeds University, UK

·         Anne Houdusse - Institute Curie, FR

·         Carolyn Moores - Birkbeck, London, UK

Understanding the Cytoskeleton in the Test Tube

·         Patricia Bassereau - Institut Curie, FR

·         Marie-France Carlier - CNRS, FR

·         Jan Faix - University of Hannover, DE

·         Jo Howard - Max Planck Institute, DE

Single Molecules and Forces

·         Marileen Dogterom - AMOLF-Amsterdam, NL

·         Matthias Rief - University of Munich, DE

·         Claudia Veigel - NIMR, UK

Actin Dynamics and Regulation in the Cell

·         Pekka Lappalainen - Institute of Biotechnology, SF

·         Anne Ridley - King's College London, UK

·         Klemens Rottner - Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, DE

Microtubule Dynamics and Regulation in the Cell

·         Anna Akhmanova - EMC Department of Cell Biology, NL

·         Erika Holzbaur - University of Pennsylvania, US

·         Gero Steinberg - University of Exeter, UK

Cytoskeleton and Mechano-Sensing

·         Sasha Bershadsky - Weizmann Institute, IL

·         Pierre-Francois Lenne - IBDML, FR

·         Christoph Schmidt - Georg-August-Universität , DE

Seeing More - New Microscopical Approaches

·         Gerard Marriott - University of California, Berkeley, US

·         Justin Molloy - NIMR, UK

·         Peter Rosenthal - NIMR, UK

A certain number of grants will be available for young researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

Full conference programme and application form accessible online from www.esf.org/conferences/10326

ESF contact for further information: Anne Blondeel - ablondeel from esf.org

Closing date for applications: 15 July 2010


This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

ESF-EMBO Symposia 2010
* Functional Neurobiology in Minibrains: From Flies to Robots and Back Again
17-22 October, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
* Molecular Perspectives on Protein-Protein Interactions
14-19 November, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

Further information at www.esf.org/conferences/2010
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