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CSSB Newsletter 3

 

This autumn has been full of excitement here at CSSB. In early September we held our first panel discussion for the general public entitled "Pathogens under the Super Microscope." Two days later, we celebrated our topping out ceremony with over 200 guests. “I am glad that we had the chance to celebrate this important milestone in the company of so many good friends and supporters of CSSB,” stated Matthias Wilmanns, CSSB Scientific Director.

This month we are looking forward to welcoming Thilo Stehle to Hamburg for our first Joint Research Colloquium at EMBL Hamburg. In early November, CSSB will be taking part in the DESY Open Day during which 19,000 people will visit the Bahrenfeld Campus. The CSSB Joint Research Colloquium at Hannover Medical School will take place in mid-November followed by a one day CSSB symposium featuring talks by CSSB group leaders.

 

   

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  Scientific News
 

 

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EVEN MITOCHONDRIAL RNA MUST "GROW UP"

Human beings must first learn to crawl and then walk before they can run. So too must RNA undergo maturation, involving several transformations, before it is able to play its part in the synthesis of proteins. Understanding the process of mRNA maturation in mitochondria is one of the focuses of the Hällberg lab.

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CONTROL MECHANISM OF VESICLE CONSTRICTION UNDERSTOOD

Hannover Medical School (MHH) researchers, among them CSSB Directorate member Dietmar Manstein, solve the structure of an essential building block of the dynamin helix. Their findings are published in the scientific journal “Nature.”

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  CSSB News
 

 

COMBATTING INFECTION TOGETHER

While the many challenges facing scientist in the field of infection research may seem daunting, experts agree that the way forward must involve interdisciplinary cooperation. “The days of ground breaking discoveries being made by single researchers are over, future success in infection research requires everyone to pull together on the same thread,” explained Prof. Marylyn Addo during a panel discussion entitled “Pathogens under the Super Microscope” held on September 7, 2015.

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CSSB MINI SYMPOSIUM

The CSSB ‘mini symposium’ was held on the topic of Native Mass Spectrometry. Organised by EMBL Hamburg group leader Rob Meijers and Charlotte Uetrecht from the Heinrich Pette Institute in Hamburg, the symposium featured four internationally renowned speakers who illustrated how Native Mass Spectrometry – a useful tool for understanding the structural properties of proteins – can also be used for questions of infection and systems biology as envisaged by the CSSB. “The event attracted scientists from across the Hamburg local community and was great for raising awareness about this relatively new technique,” says Meijers. “Native mass spectrometry is still in its infancy in Germany, but will hopefully soon find a solid footing in Hamburg,” he adds.

 

   

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CSSB RICHTFEST

On 9 September, Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB) celebrated its topping out ceremony on the DESY Campus in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. Hamburg’s Scientific Senator, Katharina Fegebank, Dr. Karl Eugen Huthmacher from the German federal government, Schleswig-Holstein’s Scientific Minister, Kristin Alheit and Chairman of the DESY directorate Professor Helmut Dosch and other representatives of CSSB’s nine partners joined Professor Matthias Wilmanns, CSSB Scientific Director, in celebrating this important milestone.

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SAB MEETING

On September 10, members of the CSSB Directorate and Scientific Advisory Board met at EMBL Hamburg on the DESY Campus for their annual meeting. In addition to discussing the progress made by CSSB in the past year, SAB members took a tour of the CSSB building.

 

   

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MATTHIAS WILMANNS RECIVES UKE PROFESSORSHIP

CSSB Scientific Director Matthias Wilmanns became a professor for Biomedical Structural Biology from the Department of Medicine at the Universität Hamburg/University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE). "I am quite honored to have been granted this professorship," stated Wilmanns. “My expectation is that this will help tightening cooperation between CSSB partners, specifically between partner universities and other CSSB partner research organizations.”

 

   

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  Scientific Events
 

 

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9 October 2015
CSSB AND EMBL JOINT COLLOQUIUM

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 in Seminar Room 48e.

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7 November 2015
DESY OPEN DAY

CSSB is part of the DESY Open Day on November 7, 2015. Come visit our exhibit in the PETRA III Extension Hall. The CSSB will be showcasing its current research and as well as its partner institutions.

At 20:00 CSSB will host a Biology Science Slam. Several young scientists will have 10 minutes to present their research to the audience in an understandable and entertaining manner.

Interested in being a Slammer? Please contact Melissa Prass (melissa.prass@cssb-hamburg.de) for more information.

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17 November 2015
CSSB AND MHH JOINT COLLOQUIUM

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
 

 

CONSTRUCTION OF FACADE

Shortly after the CSSB topping out ceremony, construction of the building's facade began. "We are planning to have the entire facade, including all windows and walls, in place prior to the New Year. The building will then be water tight," explains construction manager, Verena Börschmann.

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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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