15th international symposium on regulatory peptides (REGPEP 2004)

Venue: Centre des Congrès de Toulouse

Location: Toulouse, France

Event Date/Time: Sep 19, 2004 End Date/Time: Sep 22, 2004
Registration Date: Aug 15, 2004
Early Registration Date: Jun 30, 2004
Abstract Submission Date: May 15, 2004
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The 3-day symposium will gather investigators performing outstanding research on gut peptides and their receptors within and outside the gastrointestinal tract.
Plenary sessions, including state-of-the-art lectures, and selected oral presentations will highlight recent advances in the field. The program will be organized to cover topics from basic research to clinical applications, including new therapeutic strategies and clinical trials with peptide analogues.
REGPEP2004 will be focused on following topics:
-Regulatory peptides: Development of neuroendocrine cells, Phylogeny, Gene regulation, Propeptide processing.
- Effects, Mechanisms of action (receptors, signalling..) and Applications of regulatory peptides: Somatostatin; Gastrin and cholecystokinin; VIP, PACAP, Secretin; Ghrelin and Motilin; GLP-1 and GIP .

We expect an exciting programme which will include: :
- 33 oral presentations (15 min) selected from submitted abstracts
- 2 poster sessions
- 9 plenary conferences (40 min.)
- 2 mini-workshops on "Bioinformatics and computational biology" and on "Methodological approaches for studying molecular interactions".

A commercial exhibition will be organized.

Furthermore, an attractive social programme (visit of Toulouse and surroundings...) will be proposed to congress participants and accompanying persons.
Programme of plenary conferences:
8 Plenary conferences (40 min):
- "Development of neuroendocrine cells of the digestive tract” by Gerard Gradwohl, INSERM , Strasbourg, France.
- ''Regulatory Propeptides processing in health and disease'' by Michel Chrétien, Ottawa Health Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada.
- "Incompletely processed gastrins: effects, mechanism of action and pathophysiological relevance" by Timothy Wang, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, USA.
- "VIP: a very important peptide in inflammation and autoimmunity. Potential therapeutic applications" by Mario Delgado, Instituto de Parasitologia y Biomedicina,Granada, Spain.
- "Oligomeric assembly of GPCR: roles in receptor traficking and signalling" by Michel Bouvier, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
- "Ghrelin : A novel gut-brain peptide, ghrelin; the discovery, functions and future" by Yukari Date or Masamitsu Nakazato, Miyazaki Medical College, Miyazaki, Japan.
- "Targeting GIP in Diabetes and Obesity" by Timothy Kieffer, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
- "Localization, dimerization and trafficking of somatostatin receptors in normal and neoplastic tissues" by Stefan Schulz, Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany.

2 Mini-workshops :

1. Bioinformatics and computational biology
- Protein-based virtual sreening of chemical databases (Didier Rognan, CNRS, Strasbourg, France).
- In silico approaches for integrated system reconstruction (Gwennaele Fichant, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France).
- Homology modelling of GPCRs and identification of ligand binding sites (Bernard Maigret, CNRS, Nancy, France).

2. Methodological approaches for studying molecular interactions
- Protein-protein interactions and regulatory/functional peptides (Pierre Legrain, Hybrigenics & IGM Cochin, Paris France).
- Elucidation of signaling cascades by phosphoproteome analysis (Forest M White, MDS Proteomics Inc., Toronto, Canada).
- Protein interaction imaging (Germain Trugnan, INSERM, Paris).