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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 30, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 32
Center for Cell Dynamics to Hold Inaugural Symposium

By Audrey Huang
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Living cells are in constant motion. They move around, change shape, divide and merge. Inside, a host of molecules carry out their own complex movements in the name of the cell. The proper orchestration of these cell and molecule movements is critical for cell survival and function. Activities including cell division, the relaying of nerve impulses and pathogen discovery rely on the careful timing and control of dynamic biochemical reactions within cells. Tens of thousands of these events occur in living cells every second, and new technologies are starting to show us how, when and where these events occur.

The newly established Center for Cell Dynamics in Development and Disease at Johns Hopkins brings together experts across many disciplines to advance our understanding of the control of biochemical reactions in real time and space and further the available technologies for them to happen.

To kick off this new multidisciplinary collaboration, the center has invited leaders in the cell dynamics field to present their latest findings at an all-day symposium on Wednesday, May 2. Among the topics to be discussed are the most recent developments in "biosensors" and live cell imaging and how these techniques have furthered our basic understanding of cell biology and immune and nervous system function.

The Center for Cell Dynamics Inaugural Symposium, titled Molecules in Motion: The Art and Science of Cell Dynamics, will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the School of Medicine's Vernon B. Mountcastle Auditorium, East Baltimore campus. More than 200 key scientists are expected to attend the event to hear the following presentations:

* "Dynamic Intravital Visualization of Immune Cell Activity Using 2-photon Microscopy." Ronald Germain, deputy chief, Laboratory of Immunology, and head, Lymphocyte Biology Section, National Institutes of Health.

* "Quantitative Systems Analysis of Signaling Networks Governing Cell Behavior." Doug Lauffenburger, professor of biological engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

* "Watching Synaptic Competition in Fluorescent Mice." Jeff Lichtman, professor of molecular and cellular biology, Harvard University School of Medicine.

* "Insights Into Organelle Biogenesis and Near Molecular Protein Distribution Using Photoactivatable Fluorescent Proteins." Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, principal investigator, Cell Biology and Metabolism, National Institutes of Health.

* "Protein Architecture and Dynamics at Kinetochores." Ted Salmon, professor of biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

* "The Dynamics of Molecules in Endo & Exocytosis." Sanford Simon, professor of cellular biophysics, Rockefeller University.

* "Regulation of the Cell's Dynamic City Plan and the Myosin Family of Molecular Motors." James Spudich, professor of developmental biology, Stanford University School of Medicine.

* "Imaging Signaling in Single Synapses." Karel Svoboda, group leader, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

* "Building Molecules to Spy on Synaptic Plasticity and Tumors in Vivo." Roger Tsien, professor of pharmacology, chemistry and biochemistry and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.

For more information about the Center for Cell Dynamics, go to index.html.


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