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BIOMEMBRANES 2016: Mechanisms of Aging and Age-Related Diseases


We are very pleased to invite you to participate in the International Conference “BIOMEMBRANES 2016: Mechanisms of Aging and Age-Related Diseases”, which will be held at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Russia, Dolgoprudny on September 26-30, 2016.

A major goal of this conference is to provide up-to-date information about research on biomembranes and to consolidate cross-disciplinary international scientific efforts in this field. Our speakers will focus on cutting-edge problems of modern integrative structural biology of biomembranes and membrane proteins, theoretical biophysics of membrane systems and computer modelling. The conference will highlight the role of biomembranes in aging and age-related diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s) and cardiovascular diseases.

The talks will be given by world-leading scientists from Russia, USA, Germany, France, UK, China and Japan. Participants will have a great opportunity to update their knowledge interacting with world-leading scientists who will overview amazing recent advances in the fields under discussion.


Research on biological membranes occupies a central position in cellular and molecular biology. Biomembranes form very complex, dynamic and heterogeneous structures, in both space and time, critical for cellular function. Membrane proteins are involved in transport of ions and nutrients, signal transduction and energy conversion, and their malfunctions often result in numerous serious diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, cancers, heart failure and others. While membrane proteins represent roughly one-third of the proteins encoded in the human genome, about 70% of modern drugs target these proteins, emphasizing their crucial value for pharmacology and medicine. Biological membranes are also a focus of intense investigations in soft matter and theoretical physics.

And Methods for their studies…

X-ray and neutron scattering, NMR, electron microscopy, mass-spectrometry and single molecule fluorescence spectroscopy are key methods to study
structural aspects and functional mechanisms of membrane proteins at time resolutions from femtoseconds to minutes, and spatial scales from atoms to whole organisms. The last few years have brought multiple breakthroughs in instrumentation and technologies, enabling the pursuit of new irections and paradigms in a variety of fields including studies of biological membranes.

Important Dates

First announcement: June 23, 2016
Registration and abstract submission: June 27 – August 26, 2016
Visa Deadline: August 26, 2016
Conference date: September 26 - 30, 2016
Proceedings submission: July 15 – September 1, 2016