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Conference explores complex world of the dynamic cell

Biochemical Society

From mitosis to motors and microtubules - the latest in science's understanding of the dynamic cell will be on show at a four-day conference in Cambridge, UK, this September.

The Dynamic Cell - a joint Biochemical Society and British Society of Cell Biology (BSCB) conference - will feature more than 40 speakers discussing the latest research into the molecular biology that underpins key cellular processes.

"Dynamic cell growth, division and movement are hallmarks of life and are essential for the formation of an organism, yet our understanding of the molecular basis of these processes is far from complete," says BSCB Meetings Secretary Dr Stephen Royle.

"Our stellar line-up of speakers from the UK and around the world will showcase the most exciting and topical findings in dynamic cell biology, using different model organisms and both in vivo and in vitro approaches."

Biochemical Society Meetings Board Member Dr Jeremy Carlton says: "By bringing together a diverse range of speakers, The Dynamic Cell provides an excellent opportunity for scientists to gain insights into the breadth of research occurring in the complex and interlinked world of the cell."

Keynote speakers include Biochemical Society award recipients:

  • Juan Martin-Serrano (King's College London, UK), viral assembly and trafficking
  • Jeff Errington (University of Newcastle, UK), bacterial cell biology
  • Melina Schuh (MRC-LMB, UK), developmental biology of mammalian oocytes

James Spudich (Stanford University, USA) will deliver the BSCB plenary lecture on structure/function of myosins in vitro.

Topics will cover cell migration and the cytoskeleton, cargo sorting in the endocytic and secretory pathways, molecular control of chromosome segregation and mitosis, membrane dynamics during cytokinesis, and in vitro analysis of molecular motors.

The conference runs 4-7 September 2014 at Robinson College, Cambridge, UK. Abstract deadline is 3 July and earlybird registration closes 4 August.

Grants and bursaries are available for Biochemical Society members.


The Dynamic Cell is sponsored by the Biochemical Journal, Portland Press Limited, Biochemical Society Transactions, Nikon, AAAS Science International, Hamamatsu, Photometrics, Promega, and Solent Scientific.

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