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CSSB Newsletter 2

 

During the last three months, CSSB has made tremendous progress in establishing itself within the international scientific community. CSSB's first international symposium was instrumental in furthering our understanding of the impact that systems biology will have in advancing infection biology research. Progress was made in laying the foundation for scientific success at the CSSB internal retreat where we reflected upon the next version of our research concept and discussed core facilities that will be available in the CSSB building.

Just as our scientific identity is beginning to take shape, the construction of the CSSB building on the Hamburg-Bahrenfeld Campus is also advancing rapidly. Last week, the cranes and scafolding were removed from the construction site and on 9 September, we will celebrate our topping out ceremony. We hope you will be able to join us for this special event.

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable summer!

 

   

Shigella invades Hela IMAGE: Michael Kolbe

 


  Scientific News
 

 

 

   

TWO CSSB PROJECTS SUPPORTED BY JHS

Two CSSB group leaders, Tim Gilberger and Michael Kolbe, will be receiving grant monies from the Joachim Herz Stiftung for interdisciplinary research projects. The projects are part of a programme funded by the Joachim Herz Stiftung that seeks to support both the promotion of young scientists and the provision of incentives to implement systems biology research at CSSB.

 

 

IMAGE: Linda Reinhard, Karolinska Institute

 

   

A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF MITOCHONDRIAL RNA PROCESSING

Mitochondrial disease is hard to diagnose and often misunderstood. With his research into the biological structure of mitochondrial DNA, CSSB Group leader, Martin Hällberg hopes to shed some much needed light on the inner workings of this complex disease.

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CSSB RETREAT

From June 18-19, CSSB group leaders and members of the Directorate met in Bad Segeberg for the 3rd CSSB Retreat. The first day of the retreat focused on the development of an updated scientific programme while the second day concentrated on the establishment of a concept for CSSB's in-house core facilities. "The insights gained from this retreat have put us on a solid path towards the establishment of the CSSB's scientific identity." explains Matthias Wilmanns, CSSB Scientific Director.

 

   

IMAGE: Melissa Prass

 

 

CSSB JOINT SEMINAR SERIES

During the next year, CSSB will hold a series of joint seminars in conjunction with its research partners.Talks will be given by leading experts in systems, structural and infection biology and the latest information about CSSB will be shared.

 

   

IMAGE: Gisela Köhler

 

 

CSSB PARTNER PAGES NOW ONLINE

CSSB is a joint initiative of nine research partners from northern Germany, including three universities and six research institutes. Learn more about our partners by visiting the new PARTNERS section on the CSSB website.

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MEET THE CSSB SPRING SCHOOL STUDENTS

From 13-17 April, seventeen PhD and post-doctoral students from across the globe attended the first CSSB Spring School “Structural Systems Biology – From Molecules to Organisms.” We reached out to three of the students to learn a little bit more about them and find out about their Spring School experience.

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EXPLORING SYSTEMS IN INFECTION BIOLOGY

What is systems biology? How can systems biology approaches advance infection biology research? Investigating these key questions was the focus of the first CSSB International Symposium held from 9-11 April at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany.

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  Scientific Events
 

 

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7 September 2015
ERREGER UNTER SUPERLUPEN

Come join us for a podium discussion, entitled "Pathogens under the Super Microscope - departure into invisible worlds." The podium discussion is sponsored by CSSB and the Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Hamburg and will take place on 7 September at 19:00 in the Lichthof of the Altbau der Staats-und-Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg.

Invited speakers include Professor Marylyn Addo, Professor Rudi Balling, Professor Kay Grünewald and Professor Matthias Wilmanns. A welcome address will be given by Professor Edwin J. Kreuzer and the discussion will be moderated by scientific journalist, Angela Grosse. The podium discussion will take place in German.

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IMAGE: Charlotte Uetrecht

 

   

8 September 2015
CSSB MINI SYMPOSIUM

This CSSB mini symposium entitled "Native mass spectrometry: building a bridge between structural and systems biology" aims at illustrating the potential of native mass spectrometry (MS) and in particular native MS for structural biology and infection biology as carried out at the CSSB. Four international speakers will give talks to highlight different aspects of this technique.

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9 October 2015
CSSB AND EMBL JOINT SEMINAR

Thilo Stehle, Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany and Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA will give a talk entitled "Cell-attachment strategies of glycan-binding viruses." The seminar will begin at 13:00 on 9 October at EMBL Hamburg.

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IMAGE: CDC/ Amanda Mills

 

   

17 November 2015
CSSB AND MHH JOINT SEMINAR

Peter Gunning from the University of New South Wales, Australia will give a talk entitled "Drug targeting the actin cytoskeleton: From new targets to first in class therapeutics." The seminar will begin at 17:30 in Lecture Hall R, Building J6 of the Hannover Medical School.

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18 November 2015
CSSB SYMPOSIUM AT MHH

In conjunction with the 50 year anniversary of the Hannover Medical School, CSSB Group Leaders will be holding a one day symposium with hands-on sessions in structural biology.

To register for the symposium, please contact Cornelia Ziegler (Cornelia@MH-Hannover.de).

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  CSSB Building Update
 

 

9 September 2015
CSSB RICHTFEST

CSSB invites you to attend our Richtfest (Topping Out Ceremony) on 9 September at 14:00. "To see the plans that we began making over ten years ago become a visible reality is truly amazing,” explains Chris Meier, CSSB Deputy Director, "We hope you can join us in celebrating this important milestone."

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CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING SHELL COMPLETED

Construction of the CSSB building’s shell has been completed and the scaffolding and cranes have been removed. One of the next visible steps will be the construction of the building's glass facade.

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IMAGE: Melissa Prass

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB)
c/o DESY, Building 61
Notkestr. 85
22607 Hamburg
Germany
E-mail: info@cssb-hamburg.de

To find out more about CSSB please visit our website:
www.cssb-hamburg.de
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