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NATO ASI 8th Course: Biophysics and the Challenges of Emerging Threats

  March 04, 2007  
Int'l School of Biological Magnetic Resonance (ISBMR), Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice-Sicily
19-30 June 2007

We would like to bring to your attention the 8th Course of the ISBMR and kindly ask you to share this information with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other colleagues and interested individuals, particularly in the fields of Structural Biology, NMR, Biophysics, Crystallography, Computational Biology, and Biochemistry.
COURSE FORMAT and PURPOSE: The format of the course is an Advanced Study Institute (ASI). This course will provide an overview of biophysical and structural methods in biology. It will present technologies related to pathogen detection and treatment using these methods. Furthermore, it will teach basic principles and demonstrate concrete examples, encouraging technology growth and transfer to partner countries. The ASI will allow intense discussion between students and lecturers, with a comprehensive overview of a complex, critical and fast-moving area of modern research. It is an ideal course for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Please note that the structure of the course provides a great opportunity for young scientists to present their work.

SPECIFIC COURSE TOPICS Include: Principles of NMR spectroscopy; Principles of X-ray diffraction; Nucleic acid chemistry; Molecular dynamics and other computational approaches; Use of NMR data to calculate structures; Viral pathogens; Bacterial pathogens; Antivirals; Ribosome structure; Translational mechanism and antibiotics; New technologies to study proteins; Computational biology; Principles of Catalysis; Solid state NMR; Peptides as drugs; Membrane proteins as drug targets; Single-molecule methods; Novel pathogen detection; Structure-based drug design in biotechnology; New approaches to study metaloenzymes; NMR studies of pathogenic proteins; Coupling genomics and structural studies; Discovery and biophysics; Developing novel technologies.

TUTORIALS: Pathogenesis of bioterror agents; Computational biology and experiment; Technology and the environment; Spectroscopic approaches; Roundtable and tutorial on genome-wide approaches and biophysics; Student-lecturer discussion on future perspectives; Student presentations including a poster session.

Organized by: Jody Puglisi, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA, and Alexander Arseniev, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
Invited Speakers: A. ARSENIEV, Russian Academy of Sciences, RU;
W. EATON, National Institutes of Health, US;
R. EFREMOV, Russian Academy of Sciences, RU;
A. GRONENBORN, University of Pittsburgh, US;
A. HELENIUS, Institute of Biochemistry, ETH, CH;
M. LEVITT, Stanford University School of Medicine, US;
W. LIPSCOMB, Harvard University, US;
S. KLIMASAUSKAS, Institute of Biotechnology, LT;
T. MARLOVITS, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology GmbH, AT;
T. MIYAMURA, National Institutes of Infectious Disease, JP;
A. PASTORE, National Institute for Medical Research, UK;
D. PATEL, Sloan Kettering, US;
J.D. PUGLISI, Stanford University School of Medicine, US;
G.L. ROSSI, University of Parma, IT;
I. SAGI, Weizmann Institute of Science, IL;
B. SYKES, University of Alberta, CA;
J.M. THOMAS, University of Cambridge, UK;
G. WAGNER, Harvard University, US;
J. WILLIAMSON,The Scripps Research Institute, US;
A. YONATH, Weizmann Institute of Science, IL.
Deadline for Abstracts: 4 June 2007
Registration: Applications continue to be considered as space allows.

All applications must be in writing (no special application form required - you may use MS word documents). To be considered for the course please e-mail us your CV and include the following information:

(1) Date, place of birth and present nationality
(2) Current position, location of work, & complete work address
(3) Degree and other academic qualifications
(4) List of publications

E-mail: Manolia@stanford.edu
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