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The Center for Cell Dynamics Inaugural Symposium - 04/18/2007

The Center for Cell Dynamics Inaugural Symposium

"Molecules in Motion: The Art and Science of Cell Dynamics"
Release Date: April 18, 2007


The Center for Cell Dynamics Inaugural Symposium
“Molecules in Motion: The Art and Science of Cell Dynamics”

Nine experts in cell biology (see full list, below) present their current findings to an audience of more than 200 key scientists

8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Vernon B. Mountcastle Auditorium
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
725 N. Wolfe St.
Baltimore, MD 21205

Living cells are in constant motion. They move around, change shape, divide and merge. Inside, a host of molecules carry out their own complex movements in the name of the cell. The proper orchestration of these cell and molecule movements is critical for cell survival and function. Activities including cell division, the relaying of nerve impulses and pathogen discovery rely on the careful timing and control of dynamic biochemical reactions within cells. Tens of thousands of these events occur in living cells every second, and new technologies are starting to show us how, when and where these events occur.

The newly established Center for Cell Dynamics in Development and Disease at Hopkins brings together experts across many disciplines to advance our understanding of the control of biochemical reactions in real time and space and further the available technologies for them to happen.

To kick off this new multidisciplinary collaboration, the Center has invited leaders in the cell dynamics field to present their latest findings at an all-day symposium.

Find out about the latest developments in “biosensors” and live cell imaging. Learn how these techniques have furthered our basic understanding of cell biology and immune and nervous system function.
“Dynamic intravital visualization of immune cell activity using 2-photon microscopy”
Ronald Germain, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Chief, Laboratory of Immunology, Head, Lymphocyte Biology Section
National Institutes of Health

“Quantitative Systems Analysis of Signaling Networks Governing Cell Behavior”
Doug Lauffenburger, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Watching synaptic competition in fluorescent mice
Jeff Lichtman, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Harvard University School of Medicine

“Insights into organelle biogenesis and near molecular protein distribution using
photoactivatable fluorescent proteins”
Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Cell Biology and Metabolism, National Institutes of Health

“Protein architecture and dynamics at kinetochores”
Ted Salmon, Ph.D., Professor of Biology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“The Dynamics of Molecules in Endo & Exocytosis”
Sanford Simon, Ph.D., Professor of Cellular Biophysics
The Rockefeller University

“Regulation of the cell’s dynamic city plan and the myosin family of molecular motors”
James Spudich, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental Biology
Stanford University School of Medicine

“Imaging signaling in single synapses”
Karel Svoboda, Ph.D., Group Leader
Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

"Building molecules to spy on synaptic plasticity and tumors in vivo."
Roger Tsien, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

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