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Programme of the Symposium

Thursday, 29th October 2009

08:30 Registration
10:30 Welcome address

Session 1: Biology - the next move

In this session speakers will present promising new approaches and techniques to facilitate Biological progress in the future.

11:00 The origin of order in cytoskeletal systems
Francois Nedelec, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany
12:00 Individuality in Bacteria: on Aging and Cooperation
Martin Ackermann, Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Development of Correctors to fulfill the needs for advanced instruments
Maximilian Haider, Corrected Electron Optical Systems GmbH, Heidelberg, Germany
15:00 Breaking Abbe's barrier: fluorescence microscopy with diffraction-unlimited resolution
Stefan W. Hell, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Germany
16:00 Short talks I
17:00 Coffee break
17:30 Metagenomics: Puzzling with billions of gene fragments for one environment
Peer Bork, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany
18:30 Understanding HIV assembly using cryo-electron microscopy
John Briggs, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany

Session 2: Putting the pieces together

Cell Biologists will discuss how they have solved complex puzzles by combining information from their research and those before them to form a coherent picture of their field.

19:30 From fat flies to skinny mice
Josef Penninger, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA),Vienna, Austria
20:30 "Meet the speakers" dinner

Friday, 30th October 2009

08:30 Systems biology of a small bacteria: Even simple is quite complicated
Luis Serrano, Center for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain
09:30 Making and Breaking Sister Chromatid Cohesins
Kim Nasmyth, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Mechanisms and regulation of the miRNA-mediated repression in mammalian cells
Witold Filipowicz, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
12:00 Short talks II
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Uracil in DNA: error or signal?
Beata Vertessy, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
15:00 Selective autophagy - Clearance of aggregated proteins and dysfunctional ogranelles
Ivan Dikic, Goethe University Medical School, Frankfurt, Germany
16:00 Short talks III
17:00 Coffee break
17:30 Panel Discussion
18:30 Poster Session I
20:30 Dinner

Saturday, 31st October 2009

Session 3: Diseases - connecting the dots

As we learn more about the diseases which affect us, the more we realize the complexity underlying even the most common disorders. In this session, we see how basic research can contribute to the understanding of human diseases and importantly also how diseases can give us insights into basic biology.

08:30 Nuclear Receptors: from molecules to mice and to diseases
Pierre Chambon, Institut de Genetique et de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire, Illkirch, France
09:30 Towards structural elucidation of the self-assembly mechanism of beta-2- microglobulin into amyloid fibrils
Sheena Radford, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Understanding nuclear reprogramming and pluripotency
Konrad Hochedlinger, Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard University, Boston, USA
12:00 Short talks IV
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Poster session II
16:00 Endocytosis in virus entry, EMBO Lecture
Ari Helenius, Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
17:00 Coffee break
17:30 Using mouse models to dissect the mechanisms controlling the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases and cancer
Manolis Pasparakis, Institute for Genetics, University of Cologne, Germany
18:30 Short talks V
19:30 Writing prize
20:00 Concluding remarks
20:30 Dinner
21:30 Party