The recent integration of new developments in electron microscopes, direct electron detection cameras, and advances in image analysis methods are allowing the expansion of high resolution structural molecular biology in new and exciting directions by direct visualization of macromolecules and their complexes. The next decades will be dominated by the study of protein-protein, protein-nucleic acid complexes, molecular machines, and their conformational changes in ways that were impossible before due to their size and/or the need to study them in crystalline form. In addition, developments in many aspects of electron microscopy are providing new tools for the study of biological molecules from the single molecule to the cellular level. The inaugural workshop on Advancement and Challenges of Biological CryoEM will address key developments in this fast advancing field, provide an opportunity to discuss the state of the field and exchange views on advancement and challenges of biological cryo-electron microscopy, and foster the research collaboration of biological and biomedical sciences, particularly in Hong Kong, China, and Asia. The workshop will be hold the day after the GRC Conference on three-dimension electron microscopy in Hong Kong, which is the premier cryoEM meeting, to encourage the participation of GRC attendees.
Every other year, as part of our NIH sponsored Membrane Protein Structural Dynamics Consortium we gather in Chicago for a conference to discuss the most exciting aspects at the frontiers of membrane protein structure functional and dynamics. We (and the NIH) see this as gathering of the leaders in the field and a great opportunity to interface the advances of the Consortium with the community at large.
We are happy to announce the newest version of our very successful “Frontiers in Membrane Protein Structural Dynamics” meeting. It will take place on November 10-12 at the Advanced Photon Source Conference center at Argonne National Lab. We are still finalizing the program but it is expected to have a full slate of very exciting talks. The conference will begin on the evening of Friday, November 10th and end in the afternoon on Sunday, the 12th. There will be a total of 8 symposia sessions, and two keynote talks, bookending the meeting, plus an extensive poster session accompanied by a “flash session” where poster presenters will summarize their work in 1 slide/2 min micro talks.
As before, we hope to encourage attendance of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows by having a low non-speaker participant fee and offering travel awards to students, postdocs, and new faculty.
We are pleased to invite you to the first edition of the NAMD developer workshop jointly organized by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago, and to be held on the campus of the University of Chicago.
This workshop is intended to gather the community of NAMD developers for fruitful exchange on current and future developments of the program. It will consist of short presentations aimed at covering practical coding aspects, ongoing developments, architecture specificities, implementations of novel algorithms, as well as broader topics, notably future directions of the program and the parallel programming environment charm++ it uses.
This workshop is not intended for scientific presentations about applications, although illustrative applications of on-going code developments would be welcome.
The workshop will be held at the Gordon Center for Integrative Science on the University of Chicago campus and is sponsored by:
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics (NIH 9P41GM104601)
NIH Hands-on Workshops on Computational Biophysics (NIH 1R25GM103771-01)
The Membrane Protein Structural Dynamics Consortium (NIH grant NIGMS U54-GM087519)
For more information and registration, visit this page.
MPSDC 2013 Annual Meeting attendees at the Gleacher Center
The Membrane Protein Structural Dynamics (MPSDC) 2015 Annual Meeting website has been launched, and we are ready to receive registrations! Please note that unlike last year’s Frontiers in Membrane Protein Dynamics conference, this annual meeting is open to Consortium participants and invited guests only.
Program at a glance
The Gleacher Center, Chicago IL
DAY 1: Wednesday, April 29th
1:00pm-5:00pm | Workshop: Exploring the Interface Between Computation and Experiment
DAY 2: Thursday, April 30th
8:30am-5:00pm | Scientific Sessions
DAY 3: Friday, May 1st
8:00am-12:30pm | Featured Talks
At next year’s meeting in Baltimore, MPSDC members will participate in a number of specialty symposia and workshops organized by the Biophysical society (more information on the nature of these symposia and workshops can be found on the Biophysical Society meeting website here). We would like to highlight the following in particular (though there are and will certainly be more ways in which Consortium members are involved with the meeting):
Olga Boudker (Weill Cornell Medical College) is chairing a symposium on Neurotransmitter Transporters.
Christopher Ahern (University of Iowa) is participating in a symposium on Probing Ion Channel Structure/Function Using Novel Tools.
Jamies Bowie (UCLA) is participating in a workshop on Stabilizing Membrane Proteins.
Ivet Bahar (UPittsburgh) is giving a lecture titled “Neurotransmitter Translocation: Insights from Network Models and Multiscale Simulations” at the Biopolymers in Vivo Subgroup 2015 Symposium.
José Faraldo Gómez (NIH and MPSDC Associate Member) is giving a lecture titled “Novel Insights into the Structure and Mechanism of Proton and Sodium/Calcium Exchangers” at the Membrane Biophysics Subgroup 2015 Symposium.
Last but not least, MPSDC member and one of our keynote speakers at Frontiers in Membrane Protein Structural Dynamics 2014Klaus Schulten (UIUC) will give the prestigious National Lecture. The National Lecturer is the highest award given each year by the Biophysical Society. The recipient presents the National Lecture on Monday evening of the Annual Meeting. We would like to congratulate Dr. Schulten on achieving this great honor.