Scope of the Meeting

The Murnau Conference on Structural Biology, which takes place in Murnau biannually, provides a forum to discuss the latest biomedically relevant advances in the field.

The conference will cover the following five topics, each of which will involve 2-3 invited plenary lectures:

Session 1 - Channels and Transporters I: Transport through Membrane
Session 2 - RNA, Nuclear and ER Transport / Nucleocytoplasmic Transport
Session 3 - Endosomal / Synaptic Transport
Session 4 - Cytoskeleton and Cellular Motility
Session 5 - Channels and Transporters II: Molecular Machines




As much as movement and transportation critically determine our daily life, the transport of molecules is essential for cellular life on earth at the microscopic scale. While membrane proteins and channels allow the active or passive transport of proteins, nucleic acids, small molecules and ions through cellular membranes, dedicated molecular motors and machines orchestrate the complex trafficking of molecules within cells and cellular compartments. The remarkable dynamics of the cytoskeleton is responsible for movement of entire cells, changes in cell shape and the internal transport of organelles and structures such as mitotic chromosomes through the cytoplasm. Endocytotic processes not only lead to the uptake of large particles, molecules and fluids by the cell but are also essential for rapid neuronal communication.
Over the last few years structural biology has enriched the field of molecular transport through numerous seminal contributions. This is why this timely topic has been chosen for this year's Murnau Conference. A good mixture of leaders in the field and young researchers will present their newest research on the "Structural Biology of Molecular Transport" in health and disease.