Public Release:  Biophysical Society announces winners of 2013 international travel awards

Biophysical Society

The Biophysical Society has announced the winners of its international travel grants to attend the Biophysical Society's 57th Annual Meeting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, February 2-6, 2013. The purpose of these awards is to foster and initiate further interaction between American biophysicists and scientists working in countries experiencing financial difficulties. Recipients of this competitive award are chosen based on scientific merit and their proposed presentation at the meeting. They will be honored at a reception on Sunday, February 3.

The 2013 recipients of the International Travel Award are:

David Baez-Nieto, University of Valparaiso, Chile, "VOLTAGE-DEPENDENCE IN THERMO-VOLTAGE SENSITIVE CHANNEL TRPV1. A DELOCALIZED VOLTAGE SENSOR?"

Raquel Barbosa, Biology Institute, University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, "SPIN LABEL AND SAXS STUDY OF CETYLPALMITATE SOLID LIPID NANOPARTICLES LOADED WITH DIBUCAINE"

Virginia Bouzas Olaso, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, "INTERFACIAL ACTIVITY OF PULMONARY SURFACTANT COMBINED WITH GOLD NANOPARTICLES: A PROMISING TOOL IN LUNG MEDICINE"

Francesca Cella Zanacchi, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, "SUPER RESOLUTION IMAGING OF THICK SAMPLES BY MEANS OF SELECTIVE PLANE ILLUMINATION MICROSCOPY"

Arunima Chaudhuri, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India, "DIFFERENTIAL INTERACTION OF BOVINE ALPHA-LACTALBUMIN WITH MEMBRANES: INTERPLAY OF NEGATIVELY CHARGED LIPIDS AND CHOLESTEROL"

Jeremias Corradi, CCT Bahia Blanca, Argentina, "MECHANISTIC BASIS OF PARTIAL AGONISM AT 5-HT3A RECEPTORS"

Ignacio Diaz-Franulic, University of Valparaiso, Chile, "TUNING THE SINGLE CHANNEL CONDUCTANCE OF SHAKER K-CHANNELS"

Carlos Díaz-García, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, "NEURAL GROWTH FACTOR INCREASES THE CATIONIC NON-SELECTIVE CURRENTS IN NEONATAL RAT PANCREATIC BETA-CELLS"

Elisa Fadda, National University of Ireland, "CONFORMATIONAL DETERMINANTS FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF ERCC1 BY XPA IN THE NUCLEOTIDE EXCISION REPAIR (NER) PATHWAY: STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS OF THE XPA BINDING MOTIF"

Cícero Figueiredo-Freitas, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, "S-NITROSYLATION DECREASES CA2+ SENSITIVITY AND ACTOMYOSIN ATPASE ACTIVITY OF CONTRACTILE PROTEINS IN CARDIAC MYOFIBRILS"

Narine Ghazaryan, Institute of Physiology of NAS, Yerevan, Armenia, "BEHAVIOR OF PROTEOLIPID GUVS FORMED IN MACROVIPERA LEBETINA OBTUSA VENOM SOLUTION"

David Greensmith, Manchester University, United Kingdom, "SIMULTANEOUS MEASUREMENT OF CYTOPLASMIC AND SR CALCIUM DURING MODULATION OF RYANODINE RECEPTOR OPEN PROBABILITY IN DOG VENTRICULAR MYOCYTES"

József Kardos, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, "IMPROVED SECONDARY STRUCTURE DETERMINATION AND FOLD PREDICTION BY CIRCULAR DICHROISM SPECTROSCOPY"

Shiva Kompella, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, University Bundoora, Melbourne, Australia, "α-CONOTOXIN REGIIA TARGETING NICOTINIC ACETYLCHOLINE RECEPTORS: MUTAGENESIS STUDIES IMPROVING SELECTIVITY AND POTENCY"

Michal Laskowski, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland, "MITOCHONDRIAL POTASSIUM CHANNELS IN DICTYOSTELIUM DISCOIDEUM"

Lei Lei, Peking University, Beijing, China, "IDENTIFICATION OF A DOMAIN IN TRPV4 C-TERMINUS CRITICAL FOR CHANNEL FUNCTION AND TRAFFICKING"

Elena López Rodríguez, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, "PRE-EXPOSURE OF PULMONARY SURFACTANT TO HYALURONIC ACID ALTERS ITS STRUCTURE AND INTERFACIAL PROPERTIES"

Negin Maftouni, University of Tehran, Iran, "HOW DIFFERENT CTXS BIND TO A LIPID NANOBIO MEMBRANE?"

Marcela Manrique-Moreno, University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia, "BIOPHYSICAL MECHANISM OF GALLERIA MELLONELLA NATURAL AND ANALOGE PEPTIDES WITH BACTERIAL MODEL MEMBRANES"

Alessandro Marabelli, University College of London, United Kingdom, "THE ACTIVATION MECHANISM OF RAT α3 HOMOMERIC GLYCINE RECEPTORS"

Aurelie Mercier, Institute for Physiology and Cellular Biology, Poitiers, France, "THE β1-SUBUNIT OF NAV1.5 CARDIAC SODIUM CHANNEL IS REQUIRED FOR A DOMINANT NEGATIVE EFFECT THROUGH α-α INTERACTION"

Shamaruh Mirza, Australian National University, Canberra, "DIFFERENT MODES OF INTERACTION BETWEEN JUNCTIN AND RYANODINE RECEPTORS"

Yoav Raz, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel, "THE DELTAK280 MUTATION IN THE TAU PROTEIN MAY INDUCE THE FORMATION OF STABLE ABETA-TAU AGGREGATES IN FTDP-17"

Robyn Rebbeck, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra, "INTERACTIONS BETWEEN DIHYDROPYRIDINE β1a SUBUNIT AND RYANODINE RECEPTOR ISOFORMS"

Eva Rodríguez Hortelano, University of the Basque Country, Leioa, Spain, "QUANTIFICATION OF CURVATURE GRADIENTS IN HIGHLY CURVED TUBULAR LIPID BILAYERS"

Maria Sarmento, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal, "PHYSIOLOGICAL CALCIUM CONCENTRATIONS INDUCE PI(4,5)P2 CLUSTERING: PI(4,5)P2 AS A LIPIDIC CALCIUM SENSOR"

Aldo Segura-Cabrera, National Polytechnic Institute, Reynosa, Mexico, "REPURPOSING OF FDA-APPROVED DRUGS FOR THE DISCOVERY OF INHIBITORS OF DENGUE VIRUS NS2B-NS3 PROTEASE BY DOCKING, CONSENSUS SCORING, AND MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATIONS"

Shahar Sukenik, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, "THERMODYNAMIC FINGERPRINTS REVEAL VARIABILITY IN COSOLUTE EFFECT ON PEPTIDE FOLDING"

Hirohide Takahashi, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, "VAMP2 FORMS RING STRUCTURES IN LIPID BILAYERS"

Robert Vacha, Masaryk University, Prague, Czech Republic, "CHALLENGES IN NANOPARTICLE DELIVERY: CELLULAR UPTAKE AND INTRACELLULAR ESCAPE"

Corianne van den Akker, Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Amsterdam, Netherlands, "UNRAVELING THE LINK BETWEEN MOLECULAR CONFORMATION AND MORPHOLOGY AND MECHANICS OF AMYLOID FIBRILS"

Hayk Vardanyan, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany, "ACCURATE DISTANCE AND STRUCTURE DETERMINATION OF THREE DIFFERENT RNA THREE-WAY JUNCTIONS VIA HIGH PRECISION FRET"

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The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific Society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, monthly journal, and committee and outreach activities. Its 9000 members are located throughout the U.S. and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry. For more information on these awards, the Society, or the 2013 Annual Meeting, visit www.biophysics.org.

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