Membrane Proteins: Structure and Function
Suzhou, China
May 11-15, 2015
Abstract Deadline extended to: March 27, 2015

Organized by:

Martin Caffrey, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Robert Nakamoto, University of Virginia, USA

Nieng Yan, Tsinghua University, China

Ming Zhou, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Membrane Protein Structure and Function which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday May 11, and will conclude after lunch on May 15, 2015.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in membrane protein. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:
1. Channels
2. Transporters
3. Transmembrane signaling
4. Membrane enzymes
5. Dynamics of membrane proteins
6. Emerging technology

Keynote Speakers:
David Clapham, Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title:The ion channels of primary and motile cilia

Invited Speakers:
Martin Caffrey, Trinity College Dublin, IRELAND
Abstract title:Serial X-ray crystallography of membrane proteins. In situ and In meso

Alexander Cameron, The University of Warwick, UK
Abstract title:From bacterial to mammalian secondary transporters: a structural investigation
Volker Dötsch, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, GERMANY
Abstract title:Structure determination of membrane proteins by NMR spectroscopy based on selective labelling approaches and cell-free protein synthesis
Glenn King, The University of Queensland, Australia
Abstract title: Molecular basis of ion channel voltage-sensor trapping by venom peptides: implications for drug and insecticide design
Brian Kobilka, Stanford University, USA
Abstract title:Structural insights into the dynamic process of G protein coupled receptor signaling
Zhenfeng Liu, Institute of Biophysicsb, CAS, China
Abstract title:Phospholipid biosynthesis: the classical biochemical pathways renewed with structural insights
Filippo Mancia, Columbia University Medical Center, USA
Abstract title:Structural basis for phosphoinositide biosynthesis
Daniel Minor, University of California San Francisco, USA
Abstract title:Structural studies of ion channel gating
Simon Newstead, University of Oxford, UK
Abstract title:Variations on a theme: Structural insights into substrate promiscuity in the POT family of proton coupled peptide/nitrate transporters
Osamu Nureki, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title:Molecular Mechanisms of Membrane Channel and Transporter
Eduardo Perozo, The University of Chicago, USA
Abstract title:The Structural Basis of Charge Translocation in Voltage Sensing Domains
Mark Sansom, University of Oxford, UK
Abstract title:Molecular Simulations of Membrane Proteins: Lipid Interactions and Crowded Membranes
Leonid Sazanov, Medical Research Council, UK
Abstract title:Structure and mechanism of respiratory complex I, a giant molecular proton pump
Jian-Ren Shen, Okayama University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Mechanism of photosynthetic water oxidation based on atomic structure of photosystem II
Yigong Shi, Tsinghua University, China
Natalie Strynadka, University of British Columbia, CANADA
Abstract title:Structure-based analysis and inhibition of the membrane associated steps in bacterial cell-wall biosynthesis
Emad Tajkhorshid, University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Abstract title:Characterizing Large-­scale Conformational Changes in Membrane Transporters at High Spatial and Temporal Resolutions with Advanced Computational Methods
Robert Tampé, Goethe Universität Frankfurt, GERMANY
Abstract title:Mechanism of ABC transporters in self-defense and immunity
Francis Valiyaveetil, Oregon Health & Science University, USA
Abstract title:Probing Functional Mechanisms in Ion Channels and Transporters using Unnatural Mutagenesis.
Eric Xu, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, China
Abstract title:Crystal structure of rhodopsin bound to arrestin by femtosecond X-ray laser
Tian-Le Xu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, China
Abstract title:Tissue acidosis induces neuronal necroptosis via ASIC1a channel independent of its ionic conduction
Xuejun C. Zhang, National Laboratory of Macromolecules, CAS, China
Abstract title:MFS transporters and membrane potential
Jochen Zimmer, University of Virginia School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:A molecular description of cellulose biosynthesis.
Christine Ziegler, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Germany
Abstract title:Localization-dependent regulation of transporters and channels
Nieng Yan, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Seeing is believing: Structural Insights into the alternating access mechanism of the MFS glucose transporters GLUTs
Ming Zhou, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Structure of a Mammalian Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase
Zhuan Zhou, Peking University, China
Abstract title:Mechanisms of calcium independent but voltage dependent secretion (CiVDS) in somata of mammalian primary sensory neurons

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit


We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in May, 2015. 

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1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

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6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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