EMBO Conference Series Microtubules - Structure, Regulation and Functions
EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Wednesday 2 June - Saturday 5 June 2010
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Microtubules are of fundamental importance for an extraordinary variety of essential processes in all eukaryotic cells. In the 1980s, advances in light microscopy and the discovery of motor proteins catalyzed the expansion of microtubule cytoskeleton research. In the 1990s the discovery of GFP revolutionized the visualization of dynamic cytoskeletal processes inside cells. Over the years and especially recently due to the advent of proteomics, many nteractors of microtubules have been identified and we are approaching an exciting phase where complete knowledge of the components of the microtubule cytoskeleton appears within reach. Therefore, the focus of microtubule cytoskeleton research is moving from identification of components, their characterization in isolation, the consequences of loss of function for intracellular organization and dynamics towards a truly mechanistic description of the entire microtubule system and its regulation.
To achieve a systems-wide understanding of microtubule cytoskeleton behaviour requires a combination of different disciplines including biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology and mathematical modeling, and to exchange concepts developed in different scientific communities like in cell and developmental biology.
This conference aims at providing an overview of contemporary microtubule cytoskeleton research at all complexity levels, from atomic resolution to entire organisms and will be structured as follows:
(1) Molecules interacting with microtubules;
(2) Complex microtubule arrays and cell architecture;
(3) Microtubules in developmental processes and in differentiated structures.
The main objective of the conference is to bring together established scientists with young researchers from all over the world that have recently made exciting contributions to the microtubule field. The broad spectrum of interdisciplinary research approaches that will be represented will provide a unique platform and create a stimulating atmosphere encouraging not only the exchange of new discoveries, but also of novel emerging concepts beyond the limits of traditional disciplines.
Carsten Janke, CNRS - Centre de Recherche de Biochimie Macromoléculaire, France
Michel Steinmetz, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
Thomas Surrey, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Adela Valceanu, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
David Agard, University of California, USA
Anna Akhmanova, Erasmus Medical Centre, Netherlands
Claude Antony, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Isabelle Arnal, CNRS - Interactions Cellulaires et Moléculaires, France
Charles L. Asbury, University of Washington, USA
Peter Baas, Drexel University, USA
Renata Basto, Institute Curie, France
Damian Brunner, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Stan A. Burgess, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Robert A. Cross, Marie Curie Research Institute, United Kingdom
Arshad Desai, University of California, USA
Marileen Dogterom, Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF), Netherlands
Pavel Draber, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
Anne Ephrussi, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Daniel W. Gerlich, ETH, Institute of Biochemistry, Switzerland
Gohta Goshima, Nagoya University, Japan
Gregg G. Gundersen, Columbia University, USA
Rebecca Heald, University of California, USA
Andreas Hoenger, University of Colorado, USA
Jonathon Howard, MPI-CBG, Germany
Didier Job, INSERM - Institut de Neurosciences, France
Alexey Khodjakov, New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, USA
Andrea Musacchio, IFOM-IEO Campus, Italy
François Nedelec, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
David Odde, University of Minnesota, USA
Franck Perez, Institute Curie, France
Matthieu Piel, Institute Curie, France
Kenneth E. Sawin, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Michio Tomishige, University of Tokyo, Japan
Ronald D. Vale, University of California, USA
Kristen Verhey, University of Michigan, USA
Torsten Wittmann, University of California, USA
Linda Wordeman, University of Washington, USA
Timothy J. Mitchison, Harvard Medical School, USA
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