Some forthcoming meetings
The Biological Structures Group Winter meeting “The Joy and Pain of Structural Biology Research” ” will be held on Monday December 18th, 2017 at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.
Directions to the meeting can be found here.
The meeting is aimed at giving the audience an insight into the "joy and pain" of protein crystallographic/structural biology research. Speakers have been asked to choose a particular piece of published work from any stage of their career and speak about the "real" story behind it - the people, the chance meeting, the experimental process, the 100's of failed trials that eventually led to "perfect" experiments, etc. The aim here is to give the audience a deeper insight into the processes that lead to the wonderful science that structural biology reveals.
The meeting will be opened by Professor Malcolm Longair, a former head of the department who has recently published a book describing the scientific history of the Cavendish Laboratory. He will a background to the people and laboratories at the Cavendish that have contributed to the development of protein crystallography in the UK.
The provisional programme is:.
9:00 – 10:30 Registration and coffee/tea
10:40 Professor Malcolm Longair, Cavendish Laboratory,University of Cambridge
“Decline and Regeneration: the Cavendish Laboratory 1932 to 1953 and the Development of Molecular Biology”
11:15 Professor Judith Howard, Department of Chemistry,Durham University
“Early diffraction experiment at low temperature - with reference to a PRS paper on unstable Pt species”
11:40 Sir Tom Blundell, Department of Biochemistry,University of Cambridge
"Joy and Pain In Nature and Science: Structural biology of DNA-PK and DNA Double-strand-break Repair"
1:30 Professor Randy Read, Department of Haemotology,University of Cambridge
"The road to ab initio phasing by molecular replacement"
2:05 Dr. Pamela Williams, Astex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge
"Crystal structure of human cytochrome P450 2C9 with bound warfarin"
2:40 Dr. Ben Bax, York Structural Biology Laboratory
“Structural studies in support of the development of new antibiotics targeting DNA gyrase and the development of
oligonucleotide topoisomerase inhibitors (OTIs)”
3:15 – 4:00 Tea/coffee
4:00 Professor Janet Thornton, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton
"Of Exploration and Errors - PROCHECK - an 'accidental' paper"
4:35 Dr. Richard Henderson, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology,Cambridge
“The struggle to get high resolution phases for 2D crystals of bacteriorhodopsin - pain, joy, more pain, more joy”
5:10 Closing Remarks
All the papers will be assembled as a pdf-file that can be downloaded from the BSG website. A publication related to the contents is planned for publication in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology in 2018.
In addition, there will be opportunities to visit the small museum in the Cavendish Laboratory that houses many of the historically important pieces of apparatus which contributed to major discoveries by members of the Laboratory. Dr. David Ward will also be available to show the scanning helium microscope that can be used for non-destructive imaging of biological samples and describe the new features being developed to extend the resolution below 100 nm.
to be held at Warwick University from Monday 26th March to Thursday 29th March.
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