Protein-Protein and Protein-Membrane Interaction: Experimental and Theoretical Approaches


The Cuban Section of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Center for Protein Studies of The University of Havana and The Center for Molecular Immunology jointly with the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics are pleased to announce the Advanced School/Workshop on Protein-Protein and Protein-Membrane Interaction: Experimental and Theoretical Approaches to be held in Varadero, Matanzas, Cuba, from October 22nd to 26th, 2018.
The School will comprise different topics related to the state-of-the-art of biophysical experimental methods and biomolecular simulations for understanding protein-protein and protein-membrane interactions. The School is oriented to postgraduates and young researchers seeking for experimental and theoretical studies of protein-protein and protein-membrane interactions, essentials for biotechnology and bio-nanosciences. The course has been conceived in 16 lectures in the mornings and exchange sessions during afternoons between lecturers and students. Scientific discussions between students and lecturers will be encouraged in other spaces as well.
This course will validate credits for the PosLatAm program. IUPAB will cover partial expenses of PosLatAm selected students! So, students from PosLatAm are encouraged to apply.

Applications to the Advanced School/Workshop must be sent before May 31st, 2018, to with copy to Application form will contain the following information:
-Personal information
– Full name (Mr. or Ms.)
– Date of birth (dd/mm/yy)
– Scientific degree and academic position (Graduate, PhD or Postdoc student)
– Institutional affiliation
– Area of professional research/interest
-The title of the poster presentation, authors, authors’ affiliation, and an abstract not exce-eding 250 words
-A letter from your supervisor explaining the interest in the course
-Your curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages for CV)
-A brief statement (less than 250 words) explaining your personal interest in the course
It is foreseen that around 50 young scientists from different geographical regions could attend the Advanced School. They will be partially or completely financially supported by IUBMB and IUPAB grants as well as other sponsors.
 Carlos Álvarez, Centre for Protein Studies, Faculty of Biology, University of Havana, Cuba
 Pedro A. Valiente, Centre for Protein Studies, Faculty of Biology, University of Havana, Cuba
 Kalet León, Centre for Molecular Inmunology, Havana, Cuba


 PeterTieleman
 Sergey Yu Noskov
 Siewert Jan Marrink
 Robert W. Janes
 Ulrich Zachariae
 Hartmut Schlueter
 Antonio J. da Costa-Filho
 Manuel Prieto
 Juan M. Russo
 Pedro A. Valiente
 R. Daniel Peluffo
 Mary Jo Ondrechen
 Christian Betzel
 Clemens Anklin
 Rosangela Itri
 Bonnie A. Wallace

Visit us:

Regional Biophysics School – Mechanobiology, Kotor, Montenegro, 6-8 October, 2018, event funded by IUPAB

Important facts
the venue is reachable by 3 international airports: Tivat (15 min by car), Podgorica
(1.5h), Dubrovnik (~3h with border crossing)
many opportunities for economical accommodation in the vicinity of the Institute
from private villas for rent to small hotels
3 days
Lecture hall:
50+ persons
tutorial lectures, round table discussions, student posters
Social events:
excursion of the Boka bay; diner at the seacoast
Registration fee:
200 €
Stipends with registration fee waivers still available
Apply with short CV and motivation letter to the mail below
Application deadline extended until June 30th, 2018
For further info and applications contact:



Saturday, 06 October 2018

15:00 – 16:00 Registration and snacks
16:00 Welcome address
16:30 – 17:30
Eduardo Perozo, USA „Mechanosensitive ion channel structure & function”
17:30 – 19:00
Yannis Missirlis, Greece: “Tissue Morphogenesis and Mechanoepigenetics”.
20:00 Dinner – get together and meet the speaker

Sunday, 07 October 2018

Mechanosensitive ion channels
08:00 – 09:00 On site breakfast and snacks get together
09:00 – 10:30
David Beech, UK: „Orai1 and TRPC1/4/5 channels“
10:30 – 12:00
Boris Martinac, Australia: ” Piezo1&2 channels – Lecture 2″
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch brake
14:00 – 15:30
Rhuma Syeda, USA, „Mechanosensitivity of Piezo1 ion channels“
15:30 – 17:00
Keiji Naruse, Japan: “TRPV4 channels”
17:00 – 18:30
Aleksandra Mitrović, Serbia: „Tension or compression – plants or structural
engineers “
20:00 Dinner – get together and meet the speakers

Monday, 08 October 2018

Mechanisms across nature and techniques
08:00 – 09:00 On site – breakfast and snacks get together
09:00 – 10:30
Eric Honoré, France: “Molecular biophysics of mechano-transduction”
10:30 – 12:00
Vladimir Parpura, USA: „Rheology in astrocytes“
12:00 – 14:00 Lunch brake
14:00 – 15:30
Tanja Dučić, Spain: „Synchrotron-based microscopy of cytoskeletal
15:30 – 17:00
Gabor Steinbach, Hungary: „Differential polarization imaging using confocal and
re-scan confocal microscopes“
17:00 – 18:30
Jasmina Popović, Serbia: “Responses to mechanical stimuli – chemistry of reaction
18:30 – 19:30
Wrap up discussion panel – „Translational value of mechanobiology“ (moderators B.
Martinac, Ksenija Radotić, Pavle Andjus)
20:00 Farewell Dinner


The 11th K.H.Kuo Summer School of Electron Microscopy & Crystallography, Hangzhou, China, August 24-29, 2018, event funded by IUPAB

Event organized by  Jun Liu (

Chairs: Xing Zhang (Zhejiang University), Haixin Sui (SUNY Albany, USA), Jun Liu (Yale, USA) Committee: Sen-Fang Sui (Tsinghua, China), Da-Neng Wang (NYU, USA), Yifan Cheng (UCSF, USA),    Huilin Li (BNL, USA), Z. Hong Zhou (UCLA, USA), Wen Jiang (Purdue, USA), Fei Sun (IBP, China), Ping       Zhu  (IBP, China), Yao  Cong  (SIBCB, China), Changcheng  Yin  (Peking, China), Jian  Hong  (Zhejiang, China)

Major topics:

·         Advances in cryo-EM sample preparation and data acquisition

·         Advances in cryo-EM image analysis and reconstruction

·         Advances in cryo-ET and in situ structural biology

·         Correlative and hybrid methods for cellular structural analysis

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Joachim Frank (Columbia University, USA)

Prof. Wolfgang Baumeister (Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Germany) Prof. Wah Chiu (Stanford University, USA)

Invited Speakers:

Robert Glaeser (Berkeley, USA) Keiichi Namba (Osaka, Japan) Masahide Kikkawa (Tokyo, Japan) Eva Nogales (Berkeley, USA) Sharon Wolf (Weizmann, Israel) Nikolaus Grigorieff (HHMI, USA) Elizabeth Villa (UCSD, USA) Kenneth Taylor (FSU, USA) Timothy Baker (UCSD, USA) Radostin Danev (MPI, Germany) Yifan Cheng (UCSF, USA)

Hong Zhou (UCLA, USA) Huilin Li (Van Andel, USA) Peijun Zhang (Oxford, UK) Wen Jiang (Purdue, USA) Da-neng Wang (NYU, USA) Shenfang Sui (Tsinghua) Yigong Shi (Tsinghua)

Tao Xu (IBP)  Guoqiang Bi (USTC) Xueming Li (Tsinghua) Wanzhong He (NIBS) Yao Cong (SIBCB) Ning Gao (PKU)

Fei Sun (IBP) Ping Zhu (IBP)

Qinfen Zhang (SYSU) Xingzhen Zhang (IBP) Maojun Yang (SUSTC) Changcheng Yin (PKU) Xiaodong Yan (Xiamen) Hongwei Wang (Tsinghua) Qingtao Shen (ShanghaiTech)