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Crystallization: Focus on Membrane Proteins

June 19-23, 2007

Four day practical course in crystallization and characterization of macromolecules.

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Purpose & Scope of Workshop:
The purpose of this course is to provide participants with hands-on experience of a variety of crystal growth methods for obtaining high quality crystals. The course will address both conventional and non-conventional methods in membrane protein crystal growth. Optimization methods will include application of oils, novel nucleating agents, detergents, crystallization in lipid cubic phase, crystallization with gels, and more... Introductory lectures will precede the eight practical sessions planned for the course. Time for discussions and informal meetings with the tutors is scheduled.

A special session on cryogenic protection and crystal quality assessment will be conducted at the X6A beam line on the last day.

Intended Audience
Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research scientists interested in learning about different approaches to crystallization.

Selection Criteria
There is no selection criteria. The inclusion of a small resume and a statement of interest with the registration form are strongly recommended, as groups will be organized according to their common level.

In addition to submitting an Application Form for this workshop, all attendees must obtain a BNL guest appointment. Please register in BNL's Guest Information System. Approval, which can take 30 days or more, must be granted prior to attending this workshop.

Participants will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodations. The registration fee payable in advance, will cover the costs of meals.

Travel Grants
A grant from The International Union of Crystallography will support the attendance of a limited number of attendee's. Preference will be given to Young Scientists [graduate students, post-graduate students or post-doctoral fellows with a maximum age of 30 (exceptionally 35)] from developing countries. Please send your application including,

  • a short letter stating your interest and your goals in attending this course
  • a short resume
  • a letter of your thesis advisor or department supervisor
to Vivian Stojanoff, Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Synchrotron Light Source, Bldg 725D, Upton NY 11973, USA. All aplicants will be notified by June 1, 2007.

In accordance with the standards of the International Union of Crystallography, we observe the basic policy of non-discrimination, affirming the right and freedom of scientists to associate in international scientific activity without regard to such factors as citizenship, religion, creed, political stance, ethnic origin, race, colour, language, age, or gender, in accordance with the Statutes of the International Council for Science. At this course no barriers will exist beyond the application procedure that would prevent the participation of bona fide scientists.

Application deadline is June 1, 2007