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MPSDC Director to give plenary lecture at 2014 International Biophysics Congress

The 2014 International Biophysics Congress, which is taking place in Brisbane, Australia this year, will have the pleasure of hosting none other than MPSDC Director Dr. Eduardo Perozo.

Along with three other scientists, Perozo has been nominated as a plenary speaker for this conference hosted by the Australian Society for Biophysics (ASB) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB).

“IUPAB 2014″ will feature an outstanding scientific program and a stimulating social program. Attending this Congress will be highly scientifically rewarding, as well as a terrific opportunity to visit Australia. The meeting will be held from August 3 – 7, 2014 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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Transporter linked to autism risk

Membrane Protein Structural Dynamics Consortium (MPSDC) team member Hassane Mchaourab was recently featured in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter, along with a team of scientists who have linked a non-inherited, de novo mutation in the dopamine transporter to autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The research was partially funded by the MPSDC, and contributes to the overall objectives of the Transport Cycle in Neurotransmitter Uptake Systems project in which Mchaourab is an active collaborator.

The group’s research was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, with Mchaourab as one of the senior authors. You can read more about the publication here.

Read the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter after the jump.

Heiner Matthies, Ph.D., at the white board, leads a “seminar” for colleagues who hold vials of their fruit fly model that for the first time linked a non-inherited mutation in the dopamine transporter to autism. Seated at right, from the back, are Nicholas Campbell, Aurelio Galli, Ph.D., and P.J. Hamilton. Seated at left are Hassane Mchaourab, Ph.D., and James Sutcliffe, Ph.D. (photo by Susan Urmy)

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