About the Workshop
Cells need to communicate with their environment through the import or export of solutes and ions in order to survive, function and differentiate. Cell communication is achieved via the function of membrane proteins known as transporters/channels. These transmembrane proteins control the transport of nutrients, ions, vitamins, and cofactors, as well as water and most drugs. Therefore, understanding when and how these proteins function is crucial.
Despite their clear biological and biomedical importance and potential as molecular tools in pharmacological approaches, transporters have not attracted the experimental attention they deserve, partly because of technical difficulties associated with their interaction with membranes. In addition there seems to be lack of interaction of scientists working on different aspects of transporters and in different cell systems. We propose to organize a unique workshop with scientists working on transporter regulation of expression, co-translational folding, subcellular traffic/turnover, interaction with membrane lipids, structure-function relationships, membrane organization and evolution.
The workshop will be multidisciplinary, bringing together geneticists, biochemists, cell biologists, structural biologists, etc. working in different systems, and has as a goal the global understanding of transporters at all biological levels.
A satellite meeting on Mechanical Sensing & Ion Channels will also be taking place on 27 August 2022 in Chania, Greece.
Mechanosensitive ion channels play a central role in biological processes such as neurodevelopment, somatosensation and osmotic pressure. This BBSRC-funded symposium focuses on mechanical sensing and ion channels. It will bring together biophysicists, cell and structural biologists, who develop tools to monitor and characterise crucial to channel regulation transitions and interactions.
The event poster can be found here.
UKRI/BBSRC-EMBO Satellite Symposium invited speakers:
- Nektarios Tavernarakis | Plenary
ERC Vice President, IMBB Forth, Greece
- Ute A. Hellmich
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany
- Gary Lewin
Max Delbrück Centre Berlin, Germany
- Stefan Lechner
University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
- George R. Heath
Bragg Centre, University of Leeds, UK
- Jian Shi
Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Medicine, University of Leeds, UK
Organiser: Christos Pliotas
Astbury Centre, University of Leeds, UK
Registration for this event should be done through the main EMBO Workshop link provided.
About EMBO Courses and Workshops
EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timeliness, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be female).
Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.