Ion channels: Biophysics, Diseases and Therapeutics

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.

This conference is similar in design to the famous Cold Spring Harbor meetings series, a program now in its 76th year. 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
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Keynote Speakers:
Lily Jan, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Abstract title: TBA
Yuh Nung Jan, University of California, San Francisco/HHMI, USA
Abstract title: mechano-sensitive channels

Invited Speakers:
Katriina Aalto-Setälä, The University of Tampere, FINLAND
Abstract title: TBA
John Adelman, Oregon Health Science University, USA
Abstract title: SK channels: A story of synaptic serendipity
Christine Bear, University of Toronto/The Hospital for Sick Children, CANADA
Abstract title: TBA
Donald Engelman, Yale University, USA
Abstract title: session on "Drug Discovery: From Tools to Therapeutics"
Lior Gepstein, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, ISRAEL
Abstract title: TBA
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
Henry Lester, California Institute of Technology, USA
Abstract title: TBA
Min Li, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: TBA
Jianpeng Ma, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: TBA
Erik Renström, Lund University, SWEDEN
Abstract title: TBA
Eitan Reuveny, Weizmann Institute of Science, ISRAEL
Abstract title: TBA
Gail Robertson, University of Wisconsin, St. Louis, USA
Abstract title: TBA
Chikara Sato, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, JAPAN
Abstract title: Image based structure analysis of ion channels and their localization revealed by newly developed ASEM
Klaus Schulten, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,USA
Abstract title: Studying ion channels through molecular dynamics and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics
Robert Stroud, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Abstract title: TBA
Gregory Voth, The University of Chicago, USA
Abstract title: TBA
Kewei Wang, Peking University, China
Abstract title: TBA
Theodore Wensel, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Structure and function of sensory TRP channels
Tian-Le Xu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, CHINA
Abstract title: TBA
Ning Yan, Tsinghua University, China
Abstract title: TBA
Hailin Zhang, Hebei Medical University, CHINA
Abstract title: TBA
Zhuan Zhou, Pekin University, CHINA
Abstract title: Fractional Ca2+ currents through thermo-sensitive TRP channels
Michael Xi Zhu, CAS/The Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, China/USA
Abstract title: TBA

17 Sep - 21 Sep 2012
Suzhou Dushu Lake
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