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The scientific Programme consists of 18 sessions, each of which will last 2 hours. There will be three concurrent sessions running throughout the congress.We also plan 6 plenary lectures.Each symposium will consist of invited lectures and short presentations  based on submitted abstracts.The Scientific Committee reserves the right of a final decision regarding acceptance of abstract communications and the form of presentation.

Preliminary Program



SUNDAY, JULY 6th 2003


9.00-10.00 IUPAB Lecture


10:00-10:30 Coffee break


10:30-12:35 SYMPOSIA



In colaboration with COST Chemistry Action D22 on Lipid Protein Interactions


Chairmen: P. Devaux and J.M. Gonzalez-Ros


10.30-10.55       J. L. Popot CNRS, Paris, France

Amphipols: Polymeric surfactants for membrane biology             research


10.55-11.20       A. Killian Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Biophysical approaches to characterize the lateral distribution of proteins and lipids in model membranes


11.20-11.45       M. Prieto IST, Lisboa, Portugal

Cationic peptide interaction with two-component membranes. Domain formation or vesicle aggregation?


11.45-12.10        P. Kinnunen University of Helsinki, Finland

Interactions of antimicrobial peptides with model              biomembranes


12.10-12.35       J. Villalain University Miguel Hernández, Spain

Membrane fusion and gp41: How HIV enters the cell





Chairmen: J.G. de la Torre and R. Lavery


10.30-10.55       Alfonso Valencia, Madrid, Spain

Methods for the prediction (and extraction) of protein             interactions


10.55-11.20       Artur Baumgartner, Juelich, Germany

The Physics of Cell Locomotion


11.20-11.45      Jiri Sponer, Brno, Czech Republic

Structure, molecular interactions and dynamics of DNA and RNA. Modern Computational  view


11.45-12.10     Michele Vendruscolo, Cambridge, UK

Determination of the structures of partially folded states of proteins from NMR data



Oral communication


12.10-12.25       Alessandra Magistrato,U. Rothlisberger and M. Klein. Characterisation of the dizinc analogue of the synthetic diiron protein DFI using ab initio and hybrid quantum/classical molecular dynamics simulation.





Chairmen: L. Bagatolli and J.L. Arrondo


10.30-10.55      Bernard Desbat, Bordeaux, France

Study by PMIRRAS and Brewster Angle Microscopy of Phospholipid Bilayer Stabilised at the Air/Water Interface


10.55-11.20       Alberto Diaspro, Genova, Italy
Confocal and Multiphoton techniques from microscopy down to the single molecule level

11.20-11.45        Jesus Ruiz-Cabello, Madrid, Spain
Lung function studies by MRI with hyperpolarized 3He

11.45-12.10      Joachim Spatz, Heidelberg, Germany

Micro- and Nanolithographical Tools for Control Integrin Clustering and Models of the Actin Cortex


12.10-12.35      Janos Szollosi, Debrecen, Hungary

Combination of modern microscopic techniques (CLSM, AFM, SNOM, FRET) to reveal organization of membrane proteins


12:33-15:00 Visit to Posters and Lunch

Afternoon, 15.00-17.00




Chairmen: A. Xavier and A. Melandri


15.00-15.30      M.A. de la Rosa, Sevilla, Spain

Electron transfer from cytochrome bf to photosystem i as mediated by cytochrome c6 and plastocyanin


15.30-16.00       T. Prisner, Frankfurt, Germany

EPR spectroscopical characterization of the first electron acceptor in cytochrome c oxidase and ubiquinol oxidase complexes


16.00-16.30       S. Ferguson, Oxford, UK

The thioether bonds in c-type cytochromes - formation and purpose present many puzzles


Oral Communications


16.30-16.45       V.V. Lemeshko. Mitochondrial permeability transition and NAD(P)H oxidation


16.45-17.00      E. Urbankova, A.M. Voltchenko, P. Pohl, P. Jezek and E.E. Pohl. Carrier-like transport kinetics of uncoupling proteins: analysis of planar bilayers reconstituted with UCP1


17.00-17.15      L. Baciou, A. Kuglstatter, J. Breton, P. Sebban, G. Fritzsch and E. Nabedryk. Unique or multiple QB binding site in the reaction centers from Rhodobacter Sphaeroides





Chairmen: A. Yonath and J.L. Micol


15.00-15.30        Irit Sagi, Rehovot, Israel

Structural-Dynamic Studies of the RNA Helicase DbpA at  Atomic and Molecular Levels


15.30-16.00        Avi Minsky,  Rehovot, Israel

Thermodynamic and Structural Aspects of DNA repair in             Bacteria.


16.00-16.30       Rolf Hilgenfeld, Luebeck, Germany

Structural basis of stringent response in bacteria


16.30-17.00      Harald Schwalbe, Frankfurt, Germany

RNA Structure Determination of Ribosomal Protein L11 and Investigation of Hammerhead ribozyme by time-resolved NMR





Chairmen: M. Coll and T. Wilkinson


15.00-15.25                Maria Carrondo, Oeiras, Portugal

Ferritins, bacterioferritins: iron uptake and storage. structure of the d. desulfuricans bacterioferritin


15.25-15.50                Ignacio Fita , Barcelona, Spain

The Catalase-Peroxidase KatG Structure: Activation of Isoniazide and     

Resilient Mechanisms in Tuberculosis


15.50-16.15                Dusan Turk, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Inhibition of lysosomal cysteine proteases (cathepsins)


16.15-16.40                Fritz G. Parak, Garching, Germany

Physical aspects of protein dynamics and function


Oral Communications


16.40-16.55                Gennady M. Verkhivker. Computational engineering of protein-protein interfaces for structure-based drug design:   from detecting binding sites and identifying hot spots on protein surfaces to designing novel inhibitor scaffolds and specificities.


16.55-17.10 J. Meyer, E. Ennifar, F. Buchholz, F. Stewart and D. Suck. Crystal structures of a wild-type Cre recombinase-Lox  p synaptic complex.



17.30-18.30 Plenary Lecture

18:30-20:00 Poster sessions


MONDAY, JULY 7th, 2003


9.00-10.00 EBSA Prize Lecture

 10:00-10:30 Coffee break


10:30-12:35 SYMPOSIA




Chairmen: J. Janin and J.C. Gómez-Fernández

                Udo Heinemann, Berlin, Germany.

Structural genomics: An overview and the Protein Structure Factory


10.55-11.15                 Herman Van Tilbeurgh, Gif-sur-Yvette, France.

Yeast Structural genomics: High throughput production and
crystallization of large sets of eukaryotic proteins


11.15-11.40                N. Nielsen. Aarhus, Denmark.

Biological solid-state NMR. Application to membrane


11.40-12.00                AR Viguera. Bilbao, Spain.

Folding intermediates in elongated variants of alfa-spectrin SH3 domain

Oral Communications


12.00-12.15             12:00-12:15              E. Goormaghtigh. Differences FTIR spectroscopy and hydrogen deuterium exchange to describe conformational changes in membrane proteins.


12.15-12.30                L. Bubacco, A. Tepper, G.W. Canters and M. Benfatto. Structural basis of tyrosinase function.





Chairmen: R. Rigler and H. Gaub


10.30-11.00                Matthias Rief, Munich, Germany

Structural and conformational mechanics of single biomolecules


11.00-11.30                Ulrich Bockelmann, Paris, France  

Exploring energy landscapes and structural fluctuations by force measurements: the example of DNA.


11.30-12.00                Gerhard Schuetz, Linz, Austria

Ultra-sensitive Microscopy to Image Molecular Rearrangements during T-cell stimulation.




Chairmen: J. Ryan and P. de Aza


10.30-11.00                S de Aza, Madrid, Spain

A new bioactive material: Bioeutectic®


11.00-11.30             11:00-11:30                A. Turberfield, Oxford, UK

DNA nanostructures: artificial crystals and synthetic motors


11.30-12.00                J.L. López-Lacomba. 

Osteointegration improvement using BMP2.


Oral Communications


12.00-12.15                W. J. Parak. 

Biological applications of quantum dots.


12.15-12.30         12:15-12:30             A.C. Duncan, P.E. Puig, J.C. Zeeh, D. Dupont, W. Boireau. Supramolecular assembly of redox Proteins and Nucleic acids onto a supported bilayer.



12:33-15:00 Visit to Posters and Lunch


Afternoon, 15.00-17.00




Chairperson: A. Ferrer-Montiel


15.00-15.30                Enzo Wanke, Milan, Italy

Known and putative physiological roles of ERG and ELK ion channels


15.30-16.00                Rosa Planells, Hamburg, Germany

Intracellular chloride channels in neurodegeneration


16.00-16.30                Stefano Ferroni, Bologna, Italy

Functional and Molecular characterization of a two-P-domain potassium channel in astroglial cells


16.30-17.00                Alvaro Villarroel, Madrid, Spain.

Molecular determinants for KCNQ2/3 heteromeric potassium M-channel potentation


Oral Communication


17.00-17.15                                      J. Nilsson, M. Madeja and P. Arhem. Molecular mechanisms of general anesthetics: selective effects on Kv channels






Chairmen: F. Lenci and E. Fernández


15.00-1530                Josef Ammermüller, Oldenburg, Germany

Temporal structure of signal processing in the retina


15.30-16.00                Thomas Duke, Cambridge, UK

Active detection of sound in the inner ear


16.00-16.30                K.J. Hellingwerf, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The photochemistry of photobiology, with PYP and AppA as prime examples


16.30-17.00                Linda Field, Rothamsted Research, UK

The use of insects as biosensors for the detection of volatile compounds


Oral Communication


17-00-17.15                H.J. Steinhoff, A. Wegener, J. Klare and M. Engelhard. Site-directed spin labeling reveals the structure and conformational changes of the sensory rhodopsins-transducer complex.




Chairmen: G. Calamita and M. Echevarria


15-00-15.30                B. de Groot, Goettingen, Germany.

Structure, dynamics and mechanism of water permeation through aquaporins


15.30-16.00                P. Deen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

The cell biology of the Aquaporin-2 water channel: to pee or not to pee


16.00-16.30                T. Zeuthen, Blegdamsvej, Denmark.

Water Transport by Cotransporters


Oral Communication


16.30-16.45                 C. Delamarche, C. Raguenes-Nicol, L. Duchesne, H. Gueune, D. Thomas and  J-F Hubert. Function structural properties and molecular model of a bacterial aquaglyceroporin


16.45-17.00                 O. Beckstein and M.S.P. Sansom. Liquid-vapour oscillations of water in hydrophobic nanopores.




17.30-18.30 Plenary Lecture

18:30-20:00 Poster sessions

TUESDAY, JULY 8th, 2003


9.00-10.00 Plenary Lecture

 10:00-10:30 Coffee break


10:30-12:35 SYMPOSIA




Chairmen: A. Blume and F. Gavilanes


10.30-10.55                T. Schirmer, Basel, Switzerland

Structure and simulated function of bacterial porins


10.55-11.20                J.M. Rysschaert, Brussels, Belgium

Probing conformational changes of a multidrug ABC transporter during the catalytical cycle


11.20-11.45                C. Glaubitz, Frankfurt, Germany

Multidrug efflux pumps investigated by solid-state NMR


11.45-12.10                R.H. Templer, London, UK

Staying alive - evidence on how cells maintain their lipid                     membrane


12.10-12.35                Thorsten Lang, Göttingen, Germany

Structure and function of SNARE-proteins studied on                 "unroofed cells"





Chairmen: J. Molloy and J.M. Valpuesta


10.30-11.00         J.M. Valpuesta, Madrid, Spain

Structure and function of a folding nanomachine: the cytosolic chaperonin CCT


11.00-11.30                C. Veigel, London UK

Measurement of strain-dependent kinetics of single myosin molecules


11.30-12.00                J. Prost, Paris, France

Macroscopic manifestations of molecular motors


Oral Communications


12.00-12.10                 E.J.G. Peterman, L.C. Kapitein and C.F. Schmidt. Kinesin studied with single-pair forster resonance energy transfer.


12.10-12.20                 R.A. Bockmann and H. Grubmuller. Energy transmission in F1-ATP synthase by molecular dynamic simulations.


12.20-12.30                 A. Vilfan and T.A.J. Duke. Instabilities in muscle transient response.





Chairmen: J.L. Carrascosa and A. Brisson


10.30-10.55                A. Hoenger, Heidelberg, Germany

Cryo-EM and 3-D analysis of microtubules and associated proteins


10.55-11.20                A. Muga, Bilbao, Spain

Nucleoplasmin phosphorylation: structural basis for protein activation


11.20-12.45                D. Gulino,  Grenoble, France

The endothelial adhesive receptor VE cadherin: self-assembly and biological properties


Oral Communications


11.45-12.00                O. Llorca, J. Boskovic, A. Rivera-Calzada, L.H. Peral and K.R. Willinson. Electron microscopy and 3D reconstruction of DNA repair.


12.00-12.15                         C. Lavelle, M. Barbi, A. Lesne, J. Mozziconacci, A. Prunell and J.M. Victor. Intra and inter-nucleosomal dynamics.


12.15-12.30                V.V.  Kuvichkin. The role of lipid-DNA interactions in nuclear envelope assembly.



12:33-15:00 Visit to Posters and Lunch


Afternoon, 15.00-17.00


16. CELLULAR BIOPHYSICS (Prof. Peter Bayley Symposium)


Chairmen: S. Martin and A. Nadal


15.00-15.25                Kirsten Bacia, Dresden, Germany

Dynamic studies of membrane structure and endocytic

processes using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy


15.25-15.50                Eva Nogales, Berkeley, USA

Structural basis of microtubule dynamic instability


15.50-16.15                Carlos Villalobos, Valladolid, Spain

Redistribution of Ca2+ among cytosol and organella in excitable cells


16.15-16.40                Gregory Harms, Würzburg, Germany

Probing single-ion channel dynamics


Oral Communications


16.40-16.55                S.V. Tran, S. Huet, C. Desnos,J.S. Schonn, F. Darchen, I. Fanget, C. Chapuis, S. Cribier and J.P. Henry. Secretory vesicle movements in living cells observed by TIRFM: Effect of Rab 27A and its effector MyRIPT.





Chairman: S. Damjanovich


15.00-15.25                Hannes Stockinger, Vienna, Austria

Membrane microdomains in signal transduction of immune cells


15.25-15.50                Sandor Damjanovich, Debrecen, Hungary

Transmembrane signaling in the light of electro-immunology


15.50-16.15                Peter Nagy, Goettingen, Germany

Study of homoassociation of transmembrane receptors and Ras proteins using energy migration FRET (emFRET)


16.15-16.40                Mario Mellado, Madrid, Spain.

Chemokine signaling and fuctional responses: Role of receptor dimerization and TK pathway activation


16.40-17.05                Akihiro Kusumi, Nagoya, Japan

Frequency-modulated signal transduction based on transient signaling rafts in the cell membrane: a single molecule approach




Chairmen: Thorsten Lang and Wolfgang Fisher


15.00-15.30                Marjan Rupnik, Goettingen, Germany

Whole-cell potassium channel conductances in pancreatic tissue slice preparation


15.30-16.00                Wolfgang Fischer, Oxford, UK

Structure-function correlation of a membrane protein in a 'jig saw' approach: Vpu from HIV-1


16.00-16.30                Martin Oheim, Paris, France

Ca2+ regulation of exocytosis. Lessons from single vesicles and few ion channels.


Oral communications


16.40-16.50         S. Saparov, C. Nimigean and P. Pohl. Water transport across the KcsA channels.


16.50-17.00                M. Ceccarelli, C. Danelon, A. Laio and M. Parrinello. Antibiotic translocation through Ompf channel: a molecular dynamics investigation. 


17.00-17.10                D. Gomez-Varela, F. Barros, CG Viloria, T. Giraldez, D.G. Manso, S.G. Dupuy, P. Miranda and P. de la Peńa. A sequence in the proximal domain of HERG K+ channel amino terminus is necessary for regulation by the phospholipase C-coupled TRH receptor

17:10-19:00 Poster sessions









1. Molecular machines

2. Theoretical Biophysics
3. Emerging Techniques 4. Charge Transfer & Bioenergetics
5. Nucleic Acid & Ribosomes 6. Protein structure, dynamics & function (I)
7. Protein structure, dynamics & function (II) 8. Ion Channels (I)
9. Ion Channels (II) 10. Single molecule biophysics
11.  Biophysics & Bioengineering of sensory system 12.  Water transport
13. Membrane structure & dynamics 14. Lipid-protein interactions
15. Macromolecular assemblies 16. Cellular biophysics
17. Transmembrane signalling 18. Biomaterials & bionanotechnology

Secretariat and Congress Organisers
Please address all correspondence to:
IV European Biophysics Congress Secretariat
Instituto de Bioingeniería. Universidad Miguel Hernández
Campus de San Juan, C.Alicante-Valencia, s/n
03550 San Juan (ALICANTE) Spain
Tel: +34 96 591 9539
Fax:+34 96 591 9546