Membrane Proteins: Structure & Function

Suzhou, China 
15-19, 2017

Conference Agenda

Abstract deadline: March 31st, 2017

Organized by:

Martin Caffrey, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Nancy Carrasco, Yale University, USA

Tian-Le Xu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Ming Zhou, Baylor College of Medicine, USA 


We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Membrane Proteins: Structure & 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 15, and will conclude after lunch on May 19, 2017.

The conference will include up to
 eight oral sessions and 4 poster sessions covering the latest findings across a range topics in membrane proteins. Many talks will be selected from the 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. Cryo-EM
3. Dynamics
4. Emerging techniques
5. Enzymes
6. Functional characterization
7. Transmembrane signalling
8. Transporters

Keynote Speaker:
Roger Sunahara, University of California, San Diego, USA
Abstract title: Probing G protein-coupled receptors as allosteric sensors linking hormone binding to G protein activation
Nieng Yan, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: How is electrical signal generated?

Martin Caffrey, Trinity College Dublin, IRELAND
Abstract title: Structural basis of lipoprotein signal peptidase II action and inhibition by the antibiotic globomycin
Nancy Carrasco, Yale Unviersity, USA
Yifan Cheng, University of California San Francisco, USA
Abstract title: TRPV1 structure in lipid nanodisc by single particle cryo-EM
James Chou, Harvard Medical School / National Center for Protein Science, Shanghai, USA/CHINA
Abstract title: Pore Architecture and Ion Selectivity Filter of the Mitochondrial Calcium Uniporter
Henry Colecraft, Coumbia University, USA
Abstract title: Molecular physiology of voltage-gated calcium channel auxiliary β subunits
Raimund Dutzler, University of Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title: Mechanistic relationships in the TMEM16 family of calcium activated chloride channels and lipid scramblases.
Karen Fleming, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Abstract title: From chaperones to the membrane with a BAM!
Xin Huang, Amgen Inc., USA
Abstract title: Crystal Structures of Human Glycine Receptor α3 Bound to a Novel Class of Analgesic Potentiators
Edmund Kunji, Medical Research Council, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Probing the regulatory and transport mechanism of mitochondrial carriers with thermostability shift assays
Andy Kruse, Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title: Structural and biochemical insights into sigma receptor function
Zhenfeng Liu, Institute of Biophysics, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Structure-based Mechanistic Insights into the Function of Trimeric Intracellular Cation Channels
Zhi-Jie Liu, ShanghaiTech University, CHINA
Abstract title: Structural Biology Methodology Development and Crystal Structure of the Human Cannabinoid Receptor CB1
Kaspar Locher, Institute of Molecular Biology & Biophysics, ETH Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title: Structural and mechanistic studies of ABC transporters facilitating translocation or flipping reactions
Aashish Manglik, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Structure enabled drug discovery for safer opioids
Yasushi Okamura, Osaka University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Roles of membrane interaction in electrochemical coupling of voltage-sensing phosphatase
Eduardo Perozo,The University of Chicago, USA
Abstract title: On Symmetry and the Conformational Transitions of Ion Channels: A cryo-EM Study
Scott Prosser, University of Toronto, CANADA
Abstract title: Understanding GPCR Activation through Biophysical Characterization of the Ensemble. Studies of the Adenosine A2A Receptor by NMR, EPR, Optical Spectroscopy, and Radioligand Binding
Daniel Rosenbaum, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Abstract title: Structure and mechanism of human CNS GPCRs
Irina Serysheva, UTHealth Medical School, USA
Abstract title: Molecular mechanism of the IP3R calcium channel: insights from cryo-EM studies
Yigong Shi, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Is Alzheimer’s disease caused by β-amyloid plaques?
Chris Tate, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Structure of the human adenosine A2A receptor bound to an engineered G protein
Kutti Vinothkumar, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Realising the full potential of electron cryomicroscopy
Tian-Le Xu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, CHINA
Abstract title: New insight into ASIC1a channel signaling in the brain
Bailong Xiao, TsingHua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Structure, Ion Permeation and Mechanogating of the Mechanosensitive Piezo Channel
Jian Yang, Kunming Institute of Zoology, CHINA
Abstract title: High resolution cryo-EM structure of a eukaryotic cyclic nucleotide-gated channel
Maojun Yang, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Structure of respirasome
Ming Zhou, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Novel mechanism of gating in an ATP-gated ion channel TrkH

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 (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on this 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 attending the conference will be selected for fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in May, 2017.

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Please kindly note:

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.

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

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

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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