EMBO Conference Series - Protein Synthesis and Translational Control

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre

Location: 60117 Heidelberg, Germany

Event Date/Time: Sep 07, 2011 End Date/Time: Sep 11, 2011
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Developmental biology and neurobiology are but two prominent examples that have added to the interest in translational control even before the arrival of small non-coding RNAs. MicroRNAs in particular now define a new frontier in gene expression, and will be a central topic to be discussed within the conference series. With the increasing appreciation for the integration between different steps in the gene expression pathway, the conference series will also explore the latest work on the interfaces between translational control and mRNA turnover, RNA localization and splicing/nonsense-mediated decay. A major ambition of this conference series is to continue to promote integration and communication between experts in the field of translation with those from a scientifically intertwined field where "meeting traditions" of the past have somewhat diverged: the structure and function of the ribosome. This integration was started very successfully during the 2005, 2007 and 2009 conferences and promises to help foster more and more fruitful interactions. Progress in the ribosome field has been nothing short spectacular, getting us within Angstroms of understanding some of the most central processes in biology: protein synthesis, decoding, peptide bond formation and the function of antibiotics. Finally, our understanding of the biochemistry and genetics of translation initiation, elongation and termination is progressing rapidly, and the latest findings regarding these processes will feature prominently within the conference series, laying the groundwork for understanding regulation and the numerous biological contexts for which it is critical. We thus believe that the conference promises to be timely, scientifically cutting-edge and of broad interest.


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