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Focus on the Structure of Infectious Pathogens

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International symposium of the Leibniz Center Infection with a focus on structural infection biology

Understanding pathogenic structures and processes is an important basis for the development of new therapies against parasitic, bacterial and viral pathogens. Structural infection biology is therefore the focus of the symposium “Structural Biology of Infection” organized by Leibniz Center Infection (LCI) which will bring international scientist to Hamburg on 18 and 19 January. To further emphasize the topic, the second day of the symposium will take place at the newly opened Centre for Structural System Biology (CSSB) whose high-end infrastructures will advance the research endeavours of the LCI Institute.

The symposium’s programme is diverse: over the course of three themed sessions renowned scientist will shed light on the structural biology processes of infectious diseases. During her key-note lecture Prof. Reidun Twarock from the University of York will demonstrate how the manipulation of virus structures can contribute to study of new therapeutic approaches – for example against Hepatitis B one of the leading causes of liver cancer. In his key-note lecture Prof. Mark Sansom from Oxford University will explain how the dynamic organization and interaction between cells and virus membranes can be characterized by means of molecular simulations. The programme will be complemented by many other talks regarding the use of structural biology in infection research.

The symposium is hosted by the Leibniz Center Infection, a group of there North German Leibniz institutes whose shared expertise is in the field of infection research. The LCI members are the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Research Center Borstel (FZB), Heinrich Pette Institute, Leibniz Institute for Experimental Virology (HPI). All LCI members are also CSSB partner institutions.

Press Contact:
Dr. Franziska Ahnert (Tel.: 040/480 51-108, press@lc-infection.de)

Additional information about the symposium: http://www.lc-infection.de/

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