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CSSB Newsletter 4

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As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who have helped and supported CSSB during this past year. 2015 was filled with important milestones for the CSSB. “I am very pleased with the progress the CSSB has made this year. We have taken many important steps toward defining the CSSB’s research initiatives and establishing CSSB with in the scientific and local community,” explains Matthias Wilmanns, CSSB Scientific Director.

The CSSB Directorate and Office would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season.

 

   

 


  Scientific News
 

 

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VESICLE FORMATION AT THE INM

Using multi-modal imaging approaches scientists from Great Britain, the USA and Germany investigated the vesicle formation at the inner nuclear membrane of the herpesvirus capsid. CSSB Group Leader, Kay Grünewald, was involved in this study whose results were published in "Cell."

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JHS RESEARCH PROJECTS

Two CSSB group leaders, Tim Gilberger and Michael Kolbe, recently received 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. One main focus of this programme is to build up expertise in computational modelling approaches at CSSB and to combine them with experimental setups.

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  CSSB News
 

 

CSSB AND EMBL JOINT COLLOQUIUM

On 9 October, Thilo Stehle, Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry, University of Tübingen, Germany and Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, gave a talk entitled "Cell-attachment strategies of glycan-binding viruses." Stehle explained how his lab has conducted research to determine the structure of and study the binding sites of the JC Virus. In a compromised immune system, this virus can cause PML, a fatal brain disease. The talk took place at EMBL Hamburg and was the first in the CSSB Joint Colloquia Series.

 

   

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CSSB at DESY DAY

On Saturday, 7 November more than 18,000 people visited the DESY campus in Hamburg Bahrenfeld for DESY DAY. Visitors who came to the CSSB exhibit in the FLASH Hall were captivated by the pathogen stuffed animals which often served as a catalyst for in-depth conversations with CSSB scientist. Children enjoyed creating their own pathogens using pipe cleaners and pony beads and the colorful CSSB balloons and the CSSB logo tattoos were a big hit with visitors of all ages.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to learn more about the CSSB and our research.

 

   

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CSSB BIOLOGY SCIENCE SLAM

CSSB hosted a Biology Science Slam on the evening of November 7. Three post-docs from CSSB partner institutions (DESY, FZJ, EMBL) shared their research with the audience in a fun and entertaining manner. The winner of the Biology Science Slam was Yonca Ural Blimke whose presentation entitled "What is Structural Biology? And why do we do it!" provided the audience with great metaphors for understanding the concept of Structural Biology.

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CSSB COUNCIL MEETING

On November 10, members of the CSSB Council met in Hamburg for their annual meeting. Representatives from each of the nine partner institutes as well as representatives from CSSB's funding partners attended the meeting. "The meeting was very constructive,” stated Dirk Heinz, chair of the Council, “the feeling among the partners is that we are creating something truly unique and we are all eager work towards and contribute to the CSSB’s success.”

 

   

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CSSB at MHH

On 18 November, CSSB held a one day Symposium at the Hannover Medical School. Each CSSB group leader gave a short talk which was followed by several questions from the audience. The symposium emphasized the integrative approach the CSSB is planning to take in the future. A highlight was Kay Gruenewald’s presentation which demonstrated the power of integrative structural biology to combine structural tools on various length scales from fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy and tomography to crystallography. "We are keen to inform our partners about CSSB. The symposium in Hannover has been a model for such future events elsewhere. We thank the MHH for hosting the meeting," stated Matthias Wilmanns, CSSB Scientific Director.

 

   

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  Scientific Events
 

 

 

   

27-29 January 2016
LCI-SYMPOSIUM 2016 VACCINES

The LCI Symposium will kick off on 27 January at 19:00 with a public panel discussion in German entitled "Masern, Grippe, Ebola - Sinn & Unsinn rund ums Impfen" at the Lichthof of the Hamburg State and University Library.

On 28 -29 January the symposium will take place at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine. Symposium sessions will cover topics such as "Pathogen-specific Vaccine development" and "Emerging Infections"

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  CSSB Building Update
 

 

GLASS FACADE

With the exception of the brief snow storm pictured, the temperatures here in Hamburg have been mild and the construction of the CSSB building is progressing nicely. The glass facade is now being put on the building and the central spiral staircase has also been added. Construction workers are now beginning to lay the flooring.

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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

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www.cssb-hamburg.de
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