Avanti’s February Road Shows

Posted on February 04, 2020


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The Avanti team is looking forward to a very busy February! Keep reading for all of the great conferences and meetings we’re attending this month.

Gordon Research Conference: Oxygen Radicals

February 2 through 7, the Avanti team is proud to be sponsoring the Gordon Research Conference: Oxygen Radicals.

Since its inception as a field, the oxygen radical research pendulum has swung from a focus on the "damaging" effects by high levels to "physiological" effects by low levels of oxidants, causing a shift away from the term "oxidative stress" towards "redox biology.” New biochemical insights, along with recent clinical successes of several new redox therapeutics in human diseases, including FDA approval of dimethyl fumarate, have led to a resurgence of interest in the role of oxidants in cellular homeostasis, disease pathology and the development of drugs to combat chronic diseases or to promote a healthy life span. Our objectives for this conference are to highlight the conceptually advances in our understanding of how oxidative processes regulate cell biology, lifespan, and disease pathogenesis.

Biophysical Society Meeting

From February 15 through 19, the Avanti team will be at the annual Biophysical Society Meeting.

The Biophysical Society was founded in 1958 to lead the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. It does so through its many programs, including its meetings, publications, and committee outreach activities. The Society's members, now over 9,000, work in academia, industry, and government agencies throughout the world. At the event, the Avanti Award in Lipids will also be presented. We’ve established an annual award to be given by the Biophysical Society. The award will be given to an investigator for outstanding contributions to our understanding of lipid biophysics. The winner receives an honorarium of $3,000. This year’s winner is Akihiro Kusumi from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan.

Keep reading for all of the subgroup meetings Avanti is sponsoring! We’re proud to sponsor these meetings year after year.

Biophysical Society Subgroup Meeting: Membrane Fusion, Endocytosis, & Trafficking

The mission of Membrane Fusion, Fission & Traffic Subgroup (formerly Exocytosis & Endocytosis subgroup) is to further the understanding of the basic mechanisms of exocytosis and endocytosis. Research in this area has advanced rapidly in the last few years, owing to the convergence of a number of formerly distinct disciplines and the invention of new methods for high-resolution, real-time monitoring of exocytosis and endocytosis. Details of the machinery for sensing intracellular calcium elevation and for fusion of the vesicle and plasma membranes are gradually emerging. This subgroup seeks to accelerate progress by facilitating the exchange of ideas and collaborations.

Biophysical Society Subgroup Meeting: Membrane Transport

The Membrane Transport Subgroup (formerly Permeation & Transport) fosters the study and communication of molecular mechanisms of permeation and transport through cellular membranes. Membership in the subgroup is open to all members of the Society. Annually, the subgroup holds a meeting organized by the subgroup Chair, which takes place prior to the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting.

Biophysical Society Subgroup Meeting: Membrane Structure & Function

The Membrane Structure and Function (MSAF) Subgroup promotes and advances knowledge about the biophysical properties of lipids, membranes, and membrane-associated molecules, including membrane proteins. As such, its mission is to provide an intellectual home base for its members as the Biophysical Society continues to grow and expand its realms of interests rapidly. To do so, the MSAF sponsors a popular Saturday Symposium at the Biophysical Society Annual Meeting. The MSAF also maintains an email list for communication with its members. The MSAF is led by an Advisory Committee consisting of the past chair, the present chair, and the chair-elect.

Biophysical Society Subgroup Meeting: Motility & Cytoskeleton

The mission of the Motility and Cytoskeleton Subgroup is to understand the basic mechanisms that underlie motility and contractility of biological systems. These processes are ultimately the result of molecular motors or contractile filaments that convert chemical energy stored in ATP/GTP into mechanical energy that drives, for example, cell motility, cytokinesis, and muscle contraction. The structure and function of the motor families myosin, kinesin and dynein, and the cytoskeletal filaments F-actin and microtubules are frequent subgroup topics at the annual meetings. Areas of focus also include the regulatory proteins that control the activity of motors and the cytoskeleton. For more of the latest industry news, as well as what Avanti is up to, visit our website.