2009 Annual Conference

52nd Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Protein Folding: Principles and Diseases

June 1 – 5, 2009
White Oaks Conference Resort
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

The theme of the 52nd Annual Meeting is¬†‚ÄúProtein Folding: Principles and Diseases‚Ä̬†and will feature sessions on the Mechanisms of Protein Folding and Misfolding, Theoretical and Computational Approaches to Protein Folding, Protein Folding in the Cell, Protein Dynamics and Disorder, Cellular Responses to Protein Misfolding and Protein Misfolding in Aging and Disease. The objective of this Meeting is to apply mechanistic principles of protein folding and misfolding to protein misfolding disease models as a means to develop novel approaches to preventing or treating such diseases. Each session will contain multiple leaders in their areas from across America and Europe.

There will also be CSBMCB awards lectures and poster sessions with presentations by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Travel awards are available for trainees, and prizes will be given for the best posters. The journal Biochemistry and Cell Biology will publish a special issue devoted to the theme of this conference, featuring review articles and papers submitted by conference participants.

The five star White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa http://www.whiteoaksresort.com/
is located on the outskirts of Niagara-on-the Lake just off the Queen Elizabeth Way, about one hour‚Äôs drive from Toronto or Buffalo. The resort is completely non-smoking and features a superb fitness/sports club and spa. It is central to Niagara’s best wineries, golf courses, and hiking trails, and is very close to Niagara Falls with all its attractions. Sessions are held in the morning and evening, with afternoons left free to participate in other activities.

Organizing Committee

Session Topics & Confirmed Speakers

  • Protein Folding in the Cell
    Chris Kaiser (MIT)
    Susan Lindquist (Whitehead Institute)
    Bill Balch (Scripps)
    David Thomas (McGill)
    Alan Davidson (U Toronto)
  • Theoretical and Computational Approaches to Protein Folding
    Peter G. Wolynes (UCSD)
    Ken A. Dill (UCSF)
    Vijay S. Pande (Stanford)
    Hue Sun Chan (U Toronto)
  • Mechanisms of Protein Folding and Misfolding
    Chris Dobson (Cambridge)
    Art Horwich (Yale)
    Susan Marqusee (UC Berkeley)
    Lewis Kay (U Toronto)
    Shoshana Wodak (SickKids, Toronto)
  • Cellular Responses to Protein Misfolding
    Ron Kopito (Stanford)
    David Ron (Skirball, Inst.. NYU)
    Randy Kaufman (U Michigan)
    Walid Houry (U Toronto)
  • Protein Dynamics and Disorder
    Peter Wright (Scripps)
    Peter Tompa (Budapest)
    Julie Forman-Kay (SickKids, Toronto)
    Brian Sykes (U Alberta)
    Lawrence Macintosh (UBC)
  • Protein Misfolding in Aging and Disease
    Jeff Kelly (Scripps)
    David Westaway (U Alberta)
    Peter St. George-Hyslop (U Toronto)
    David Vocadlo (SFU)
    Cynthia Lemere (Brigham and Women’s)