NSBM Spring meeting

The Netherlands Society on Biomolecular Modelling (NSBM) cordially invites you to visit its spring meeting, which is being held in conjunction with the Netherlands Bioinformatics Conference 2013 (NBIC2013) on April 16th 2013. During several parallel sessions, the floor will be given to PhD students and postdocs who study protein structure and/or structural bioinformatics or related topics (see a list below).

We are proud to announce that two eminent scientists have accepted our invitation to participate in our club meeting:

Janet Thornton is the director of the EBI. She has been one of the worlds pioneers in protein structure bioinformatics. She recently was honoured by the British queen for her imminent role in science. Janet will present a key-note lecture and will present to 'us' a seminar on EBI specific bioinformatics topics.

Daniel Hoffmann is a bioinformatics professor from the university of Duisburg-Essen. He has a background in mathematics/physics, but nevertheless is a wonderful teacher with great skills in making difficult concepts clear to the more bio-oriented scientists among us. Daniel has accepted our invitation to explain to us the concepts behind the recent developments in predicting structures from sequence alignments (see the articles by Nimwegen, Jones, and Marks and Sander).

Speakers and attendees will have the opportunity to join the NBIC activities and visit keynote lectures of Alexander van Oudenaarden (Hubrecht Institute), Janet Thornton (EBI, UK) and Uwe Sauer (ETH Zurich, Switzerland).

Programme - April 16

11:30 - 12:45 Janet Thornton, EBI, UK
Relating sequence, structure, and function in enzymes
through evolution
Tom Hendriks, Radboud University Medical Centre
Do the puzzle pieces fit? Docking Experiments on Binding
Affinity of Papain Inhibitors
Albert Kooistra, VU University Amsterdam
KLIFS: A knowledge-based structural database to navigate
kinase-ligand interaction space
14:45 - 16:00 Daniel Hoffmann, University of Duisburg-Essen
Wim Vranken, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
DynaMine: Sequence-based protein backbone dynamics and
disorder prediction
Scott Lusher, Netherlands eScience Center
Exploring the action of progesterone receptor modulators at
the molecular level

Abstract submission

All abstracts, also for those who already registered for the NBIC2013, should be submitted electronically via the abstract submission form of the NBIC2013. Please indicate in the form that you are submitting for the NSBM Spring meeting.

The deadline for receipt of all abstracts is March 4, 2013. Selected candidates will be notified no later than March 22, 2013.

Starting PhD students are particularly encouraged to present their research.

For questions regarding the abstract or meeting please contact Gerry Nicolaes, +31-(0)43 3881688, g.nicolaes@maastrichtuniversity.nl



The 1-day conference fee amounts € 80,00 for participants working for a NBIC Partner organisation and € 95,- for participants that are not working for a NBIC Partner organisation and includes participation to the conference and poster sessions on April 16th, abstract book, lunch, coffee/tea during breaks, internet access. Should a lack of funding be a hurdle for visiting the NSBM Spring Meeting, please contact prof. Gert Vriend at vriend@cmbi.ru.nl so that an arrangement can be made.

Topics for presentations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
  • Computer-aided drug design
  • Drug design and drug discovery
  • Grid computing
  • Homology modelling
  • Molecular and supramolecular dynamics
  • Molecular modeling and simulation
  • Mutational analysis
  • Protein crystallography
  • Protein NMR
  • Protein structure analysis
  • Protein structure prediction
  • Protein-protein interactions
  • Protein-small molecules interaction
  • Protein software design
  • Proteomics
  • Structural bioinformatics
  • Structure-function analysis
  • Text mining & information extraction
  • Virtual screening