Ion channels: Biophysics, Diseases and Therapeutics Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
September 17 - 21, 2012
Abstract deadline extended to July 27

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Organized by:
Hualiang Jiang, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, China
Henry Lester, California Institute of Technology, USA
Min Li, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Jianpeng Ma, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Ion channels: Biophysics, Diseases and Therapeutics which will be held at the Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday September 17, and will conclude after lunch on Friday September 21, 2012.

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. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Ion channels play important roles in a variety of biological processes including membrane excitation in the nervous system, cardiac contraction, immune responses, and hormone secretion. Most recently, they are implicated in tumor growth. As a class, they serve as gateways for ion passage. Because of their variety of roles, they now emerged to become a major focus toward understanding pathogenesis of diseases and as targets for drug development.

Major Topics:
- Structure of Ion Channels
- Channel in Motion: Computational and Molecular Dynamics
- Ion Channels: Pharmacology, Trafficking and Post-translational Regulation
- Sensory Transduction
- From Immune System to Diabetes: New Appreciation of Diverse Roles of Ion Channels
- Channelopathies: Diseases, Genetics and Beyond
- Stem Cells, iPSCs and Disease Models
- Drug Discovery: From Tools to Therapeutics

Keynote Speakers:
Lily Jan, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Abstract title: Recent studies of potassium channels and a novel family of calcium-activated anion channels and cation channels
Yuh Nung Jan, University of California, San Francisco/HHMI, USA
Abstract title: Identification and studies of mechano-transduction channels in Drosophila
Henry Lester, California Institute of Technology, USA
Abstract title: Psychiatric drugs bind to classical targets within early exocytotic pathways: “Inside-out” Neural Pharmacology

Invited Speakers:
Katriina Aalto-Setäl, The University of Tampere, FINLAND
Abstract title: Disease and mutations specific iPS cell lines for LQTS
William Balch, The Scripps Research Institute, USA
Abstract title: Decoding the Role of Proteostasis in Ion Channel Function in Cystic Fibrosis
Donald Engelman, Yale University, USA
Abstract title: pH-dependent transmembrane peptide insertion: mechanism and uses in tumor targeting and drug delivery.
Lior Gepstein, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, ISRAEL
Abstract title: Modeling Familial Arrhythmogenic Syndromes with Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells
Yonghua Ji, Shanghai University CHINA
Abstract title: TBA
Hualiang Jiang, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, CHINA
Abstract title: TBA
Gregory Kaczorowski, Kanalis Consulting, LLC, USA
Abstract title: The challenge of targeting ion channels for therapeutic benefit: case histories with potassium channels
Min Li, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: TBA
Jianpeng Ma, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Improving Structures of Supramolecular Complexes and Membrane Proteins at Lower Resolutions of X-ray Diffraction
Erik Renström, Lund University, SWEDEN
Abstract title: Human type 2-diabetes and possible roles of impaired Ca2+-channel activity and exocytosis in pancreatic beta-cells
Eitan Reuveny, Weizmann Institute of Science, ISRAEL
Abstract title: SARAF as a negative regulator for cell calcium homeostasis
Gail Robertson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.
Abstract title: hERG subunit composition in cardiac repolarization and long QT syndrome
Chikara Sato, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, JAPAN
Abstract title:TEM image-based structure analysis of ion channels, and their subcellular localization revealed by newly developed ASEM
Gregory Voth, The University of Chicago, USA
Abstract title: Proton Transport and Protein Channels: Insights and Surprises from Multiscale Computer Simulation
Kewei Wang, Peking University, China
Abstract title: Enhanced TRPV3 channel activity for keratinocyte exfoliation and skin diseases
Theodore Wensel, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Structure and Function of Sensory TRP Channels
Ning Yan, Tsinghua University, China
Abstract title: Crystal structure of NavRh, a bacterial voltage-gated sodium channel
Hailin Zhang, Hebei Medical University, CHINA
Abstract title: The new mechanisms for metabolic modulation of membrane phosphotidylinositols, the key regulators of ion channel function
Ming Zhou, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Structural Basis of Permeation and Gating in a Bacterial K+ transporter
Zhuan Zhou, Pekin University, CHINA
Abstract title: Fractional Ca2+ currents through thermo-sensitive transient receptor potential (TRP) channels
Michael Xi Zhu, CAS/The Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, China/USA
Abstract title: TRPC channels in coincidence detection and signal integration of multiple signaling pathways

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 September.

Package Content:

Package TypeEarlyNormalLate
Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:
July 6th,2012  August 20th, 2012Before 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¥6,345$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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