Neutron Scattering Highlights on Biological Systems (bioneutron 2006)

Venue: San Domenico Palace Hotel, Taormina

Location: Messina, Italy

Event Date/Time: Oct 07, 2006 End Date/Time: Oct 10, 2006
Registration Date: Sep 15, 2006
Early Registration Date: Sep 15, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Sep 15, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Nov 01, 2006
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The proposed workshop concerns with the perspectives of neutron scattering in biological studies. The workshop will be focused on recent scientific results obtained by using neutron spectroscopy in the field of biological molecules and drugs/bioprotectants/biostructures interactions and will reflect the importance of progresses and innovation which characterise today this kind of studies. Neutron scattering will be presented as a powerful tool to find answers to a wide range of interesting scientific questions. The scope of the proposed workshop is to provide insight into neutron scattering techniques and their application for studies on biological systems.
The workshop will provide a forum to bring together scientists from academia, industry and other research organisations.
A section will be devoted to presentations highlighting the capabilities of neutron scattering instrumentations in large facilities in order to provide a forum for users.
The advantages which such an event could offer to the neutron scattering community are:
• to attract both researchers already working with neutrons and scientists from completely different horizons so reinforcing a community at a time where the field is progressing rapidly;
• to promote new users and young investigators to the use of the potentialities of neutron scattering in biological field in order to increase the employment of neutron scattering among biologists;
• to increase the dissemination of new results in order to make the biological field more and more accessible to neutron scattering;
• to help neutron facilities to further adapt their instruments to the requirements of the biologist community;
• to renew or create contacts and scientific collaborations about biological topics;
• to promote staff exchange and bring together scientific expertise and job offers of large research centres;
• to give an answer by neutron scattering to some open questions, such as the role in aggregation processes of the conformational changes at level of secondary structure, of the hydrophobic interactions and their link with the reversibility and irreversibility of the process and with the evolution of the conformational changes at level of tertiary structure.

The main aims of the proposed workshop are:
• to create new users by promoting the employment of neutron scattering among biologists, which commonly use other spectroscopic techniques;
• to give an overview of the manifold applications of the neutron scattering techniques in the field of interaction between biological molecules and drugs/bioprotectants/biostructures interactions;
• to contribute to the improving of neutron scattering instruments, techniques and methods in investigating biological systems.
The program of the proposed workshop will follow the traditional scheme including plenary talks and parallel sessions with invited presentations, contributed talks and posters. A lot of time will be dedicated to the poster sessions, that will constitute, therefore, an important part of the workshop. This “format” will give important benefits in finding the useful tools to better understand how the role of neutron spectroscopy can be more and more fundamental in studying biological systems and to give rise to fruitful collaborations among the participants by the exchange of ideas and discussions during the workshop.
The workshop will particularly encourage the participation of graduate students, PhD students, postdocs, which will have the opportunity to hear about some of the exciting new researches being carried out in neutron scattering. Lectures and talks will be given by international experts in the field of neutron spectroscopy and biological systems. The look forward into the future will be based on a thorough analysis of past and present experimental highlights. Some lectures will furnish an introduction on neutron sources and neutron scattering techniques, illustrating the benefits. The publication of the workshop proceedings in a special devoted volume is also planned.


Place San Domenico, Taormina