Microtubules: Structure, Regulation and Functions


Topics
Walking on Microtubules
Microtubulesin cell division
Docking on Microtubules
When other filaments meet tubulin
Microtubules in plants
Microtubule behaviour in vitro
Microtubules in yeast
Summary
The microtubule cytoskeleton of eukaryotic cells exerts a wide variety of essential functions. It is involved in chromosome segregation, directed vesicle and organelle transport, and is also required for cell motility and cell polarity. Correspondingly, several human diseases including cancer and neurodegenerative disorders, may result from impaired microtubule functions. Tremendous impact on the microtubule field has resulted from interdisciplinary approaches embracing cell biology, genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology and mathematical modelling to gain a comprehensive view of microtubule function. Equally important, the availability of different model systems such as unicellular organisms, plants, and invertebrate or vertebrate animal models, has delivered a comprehensive picture on the range and diversity of microtubule activities at the cellular and organism level..
Aims
The aim of this conference series is to gather established and young researchers from all over the world who have substantially contributed to the microtubule field in recent years to generate an integrative perspective that assembles different scientific approaches around the microtubule field. To keep the conference series highly dynamic and attractive, we have added new scientific topics to the 2014 programme and invited almost exclusively scientists who did not speak at the first two conferences by maintaining the previous selection criteria.
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Keynote lecture:

Ted Salmon (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA)
Landmark lecture:

Marie France Carlier (LEBS, CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France)
Frontiers talks:

Thomas Surrey (London Research laboratories, Cancer research UK, London, England, UK)
Jan Löwe (MRC LMB Cambridge, England, UK)
Michel Steinmetz (Paul Scherrer Institut, Biomolecular Research, Villigen, Switzerland, UK)
2 Hot-topic sessions:

10 selected short talks
Session 1: Microtubules in cell division

Mark Petronczki (Clare Hall Laboratories, Cancer Research UK, South Mimms, England, UK)
Ulrike Gruneberg (Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford, England, UK)
Jonathan M Scholey (University of California, Davis, USA)
René Medema (The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
short talks
Session 2: Docking on Microtubules

Michael Lampson (Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA)
Iva M. Tolić-Nørrelykke (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany)
Ekaterina L. Grishchuk (Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA)
short talks
Session 3: Walking on Microtubules

Andreas Leschzinner (Harvard University, Boston, USA)
Esben Lorentzen (Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, München, Germany)
Roop Mallik (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, India)
short talks
Session 4: Other cytoskeletal systems

Sandrine Etienne-Manneville (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
Buzz Baum (ULC, London, England UK)
Joseph Pogliano (University of California, San Diego, USA)
short talks
Session 5: Microtubules in plants

Bela Mulder (AMOLF, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Dave Ehrhardt (Standford University, USA)
Geoff Wasteneys (University of Vancouver, Canada)
short talks
Session 6: Microtubule behaviour in vitro

Manuel Thery (Institut Curie, Paris, France)
Zvonomir Dogic (Brandeis University, USA)
short talks
Session 7: Microtubules in yeast

Tomoyuki Tanaka (Wellcome Trust Centre for Gene Regulation & Expression, Dundee, Scotland, UK)
Sophie Martin (Lausanne University, Suisse)
Fred Chang (Columbia University, New York, USA)
short talks

28 May - 31 May 2012
Heidelberg
Germany
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