Membrane Protein Structure and Function

Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
May 13-17, 2013
Abstract Deadline extended to: March 22, 2013


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Organized by:
Carola Hunte, University of Freiburg, Germany
Brian Kobilka,
Stanford University, USA
Robert Nakamoto, 
University of Virginia, USA

Nieng Yan, Tsinghua University, China


Cold Spring Harbor Asia (CSHA) is the Asia-Pacific subsidiary of New York based Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). Inaugurated in 2010, CSHA is dedicated to promote international scientific exchange in the Asia-Pacific Rim by offering scientific conferences and advanced training courses with highest quality. CSHA is pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia-Membrane Protein Structure and Function, which will be held at the Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center (CSHA’s exclusive venue) in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai.

The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday May 13, and will conclude after lunch on Friday May 17, 2013.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. As a tradition of CSHL, ample social events throughout the conference will be provided in order to facilitating the cross-pollination of scientific ideas.

Major Topics:
1. Membrane receptors
2. Transporters
3. Channels
4. Membrane enzymes
5. Membrane complexes
6. Membrane shaping
7. Dynamic study of membrane and membrane proteins
8. Emerging technologies

Keynote Speakers:
Reinhard Jahn, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany
Abstract title: Exocytosis in neurons – interplay between proteins and lipids
Tom Rapoport, HHMI/Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title: Mechanisms of protein translocation across membranes
Yigong Shi Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Structural biology of intramembrane proteases

Invited Speakers:
James Chou, Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title: The minimalist architectures of viral channels and their implication to therapeutic intervention
Liang Feng, Stanford University, USA
Abstract title: When ion channel meets transporter: structure and mechanism of CLC Cl/H+ exchange transporter
Matthew Freeman, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Regulation of membrane proteins by the rhomboid-like clan
Sebastien Granier, Stanford University, USA
Abstract title: Structural insights into opioid receptor function
Carola Hunte, University of Freiburg, GERMANY
Abstract title: Structural characterization of mitochondrial complex I
Jim Hurley, NIH, USA
Abstract title: The beginning of the end: How scaffolds and coalescing vesicles nucleate autophagosome biogenesis
Youxing Jiang, HHMI/The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, USA
Abstract title: Structural Insight into the Ion Exchange Mechanism of Sodium/Calcium Exchanger
Ronald Kaback, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title: The Old Man and the Membrane
Michael Kozlov, Tel Aviv University, ISRAEl
Abstract title: Shaping endoplasmic reticulum: inter-sheet connections between stacked sheets
Martin Lohse, University of Wurzburg, GERMANY
Abstract title: Single-molecule studies of GPCRs on intact cells
Hassane Mchaourab, Vanderbilt University, USA
Thomas Meier, Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Germany
Abstract title: The rotor rings of ATP synthases and their role in the ion translocation mechanism
Robert Nakamoto, University of Virginia, USA
Eduardo Perozo, the University of Chicago, USA
Abstract title: Structure and conformational transitions in a voltage sensor domain
Carol Robinson, University of Oxford, UK
Abstract title: Mass spectrometry of membrane complexes, at last.
Hazime Saito, Himeji Institute of Technology, Japan
Abstract title: Dynamic Pictures of Membrane Proteins as Soft Matter
Georgios Skiniotis, University of Michigan, USA
Abstract title: Transmembrane signal instigation through “tall” cytokine receptors; a single-particle EM study
Ja Steyaert, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Vlaams Instituut Biotechnologie, BELGIUM
Abstract title: Nanobodies as tools for the structural and functional investigation of GPCR transmembrane signaling
Sinisa Urban, HHMI/Johns Hopkins University, USA
Abstract title: Signaling from inside the membrane: lessons from rhomboid proteases
Michael Wolfe, Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title: Carboxypeptidase activity of ?-secretase: measure, cut, repeat
Chenqi Xu,Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA
Abstract title: Phospholipids regulate the structure and function of T-cell receptor
Nieng Yan, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Structural Investigation of Voltage-gated Sodium Channels
Maojun Yang, Tsinghua University, China
Abstract title: Structural insight into the type-II mitochondrial NADH dehydrogenases
Peng Zhang, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS, China
Abstract title: Structure and mechanism of the energy coupling factor transporter
Ming Zhou, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Structural basis of the alternate-access mechanism in a bile acid transporter

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 $200-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in May 2013.

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Package Content:

Package TypeEarly
Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:
March 1,2013 April 15, 2013Before Arrival 
*CSHA Endowed Student¥1,530$250¥1,700$275¥1,870$300
Includes meeting pass only (special offer)
Student No Housing¥3,750$605¥4,000$645¥4,250$685
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Share Room for 4 nights.
Academic No Housing¥5,100$825¥5,500$890¥5,900$955
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Media No Housing¥3,300$535¥3,500$570¥3,700$605
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
(All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Corporate No Housing¥6,340$1,025¥6,880$1,115¥7,420$1,205
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
(All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Remark:  Lunch, Supper, Tea Break & Social Activities (¥1,500 or $250); Room Rate(Single) :(¥2,000 or $320) & (Shared): (¥1,000 or $160), Breakfast is included in the Room Rate. The Package Price is based on the RMB price, price in USD is according to the exchange rate fluctuations.

Please kindly note:

1. The early & normal 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 full 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.

2. For Student Package registered participants, please add your roommate requirement during the online registration. Otherwise, we’ll assign you a roommate among other student participants.

3. For late registrations, your housing & registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

4. Please inform us your request on extra day (USD 80/CNY 500 per day) and food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

5.We offer CSHA endowed student package for graduate students (student ID is required). This special offer only includes the meeting session pass. Housing, food and social activities are not included in the package.

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