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Affinity 2009 - Exploring the interactome - The technology and biology of molecular recognition

  April 24, 2009  
ISMR - International Society for Molecular Recognition, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
12-16 July, 2009

The conference title and main theme will be:

Exploring the interactome:

The technology and biology of molecular recognition

Preliminary schedule highlights:

Sunday July 12
Registration open from 14 hrs.
The opening lecture
on Sunday July 12th at 17.00 hrs will be given by Professor emeritus Nathan Sharon of The Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel. The title of the lecture will be:

Monday July 13
Awards Programme, Younger Investigators

Wednesday July 15
Conference Dinner and Pierce Affinity Award

Thursday July 16
Conference ends in the afternoon - Announcement of Affinity 2011

Friday July 17
Post-conference tour of South-Iceland

Papers are invited on the following topics:

1       Fundamental nature of biological interactions
Molecular interactions including macromolecules on surfaces.

2        Mapping and screening the interactome
Methodologies for screening and mapping interactome pathways in cells.

3        Complexes, networks and molecular switches in biology and drug discovery
In-situ studies of proteins and their interactions. Proteome and interactome maps in drug discovery

4        In vitro design and selection of affinity probes in life sciences
Affinity probe design, solid and liquid phase affinity techniques and novel chromatographic approaches, molecular imprinting and mimetics. Cell analysis and purification.

5        Affinity in nanobiotechnology and molecular devices
Devices based on molecular recognition, including nanofabricated platforms and detection systems. Microrray chemistries (surfaces and linkers on devices) and technologies based on arrays.

6        Affinity for therapy and structure-based drug discovery

7        Affinity proteomics and interactomics

8        Other topics relevant to the main theme
Organized by: Prof. Hordur Filippusson. University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
Invited Speakers: The opening lecture will be given by Professor Nathan Sharon. Nathan Sharon is a Professor Emeritus at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. He was a pioneer in studies on glycoconjugates and lectins and has made seminal contributions to glycobiology.
LoweChristopher R. Lowe is the founder and long time Director of the Institute of Biotechnology and Professor of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of Trinity College. He is currently  Deputy Head og a newly formed Department of Chemical Engieering and Biotechnology. His research interests include downstream processing of biopharmaceuticals, affinity techniques, biosensors and bioelectronics, enzyme and microbial technology.
BenniBernhard Palsson is The Galetti Professor of Bioengineering and Adjunct Professor Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. His research at UCSD focuses on 1) the reconstruction of genome-scale biochemical reaction networks, 2) the development of mathematical analysis procedures for genome-scale models, and 3) the experimental verification of genome-scale models with current emphasis on cellular metabolism and transcriptional regulation in E. coli and Yeast.
Nicole S-MNicole Schneiderhan-Marra is deputy group leader of the biochemistry department at the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen.
Dr. Schneiderhan-Marra has been with the NMI since 2003, where she has been responsible for assay development of protein microarray technology for proteomic research. Within this field her research has also focused on protein-protein interaction of RhoGTPases and marker proteins in breast cancer and in immunological contexts.
SnorriSnorri Þór Sigurðsson is Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Iceland.  His research focuses on the chemistry of nucleic acids and investigation of nucleic acid structure, dynamics and function, i.a. site-specific incorporation of labels, for example nitroxides and fluorophores, into DNA for spectroscopic investigation of nucleic acids and their complexes with other molecules, such as proteins.
WillsonRichard C. Willson is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Biochemical & Biophysical Sciences in the Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Houston, Texas, USA. His research interests are in the field of biomolecular recognition, and its applications in separations and molecular diagnostics.
MosbachKlaus Mosbach is the founder of the Institute of Pure and Applied Biochemistry at the Chemical Center of Lund University, Sweden, as well as co-founder of the Institute of Biotechnology at the ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. His main interests are: a) Affinitics aspects (first recipient of the Pierce Award), b) Immobilization techniques (enzyme technology), c) Molecular Imprinting (head of the bioimprinting group in Lund).
HerbertHerbert P. Jennissen is professor of Biochemistry at the Institute of Physiological Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany; head of surface biochemistry group. His main interests are (i) Biomaterials and bioactive implants based on affinity technology (seminal papers on BMP-2 immobilization) (ii) Hydrophobic interaction chromatography (introduction of critical hydrophobicity HIC); (iii) Protein adsorption with emphasis on early phase kinetics (first report on protein adsorption hysteresis).
UhlenMathias Uhlén is professor of biotechnology at the Royal Institute of Biotechnology in Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests have largely focussed on the development and use of affinity reagents in biotechnology and biomedicine. He is presently working on the Human Protein Resource Project and the Human Protein Atlas. He is the founder of a number of companies in the field of biotechnology.
AsenjoJuan Asenjo is Professor and Director of the Centre for Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Dept. of Chemical and Biotechnology Engineering, University of Chile. His research interests include the isolation and cloning of lytic glucanases, the separation of proteins in aqueous two-phase systems, the development of mathematical models and expert systems for protein separation and various aspects of protein engineering.
GidiFlemingerGideon Fleminger is a professor at the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology of the Tel Aviv University. He currently serves as the President of the International Society for Molecular Recognition. His research interests focus on the study of structure-function relationships in metallo- and metal binding proteins, mechanism of adsorption of proteins to metal-oxide surfaces and catalytically active metallo peptides formation during to Origin of Life Era.
Deadline for Abstracts: NA

Registration fees:

The registration fees are in Icelandic Kronas (ISK).  A late fee will be charged after May 12 2009.
Included in the registration fee: Admission to the conference, coffe and refreshments during breaks, lunches and Reception on July 12.

Non-members who wish to join the ISMR (there is no charge) can indicate this by checking the appropriate box (under "events and social programme" in the registration process).

 Before May 11 2009From May 12 2009
Student or post-doctoral fellow

ISK 42.000ISK 50.400
University Faculty or Government employeeISK 62.000ISK 74.400
Industrial employee

ISK 82.000ISK 98.400
E-mail: hfil@hi.is
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