I attended the recent “Signaling by Adhesion Receptors” Gordon Research Conference (24-29 June) and associated Seminar (23-24 June) in Waterville, Maine, USA. The topics of both meetings covered research on signal transduction involving cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix interactions. These interactions are essential for a multicellular existence. Unsurprisingly, when these processes go wrong, disease is often a consequence, and the implications of adhesion signalling in cancer were frequently discussed during the meetings.
The Seminar, held in conjunction with the Gordon Research Conference, was aimed at students and post-docs. Held before the main Conference, the Seminar provided a unique opportunity to share data and ideas with peers. It was a great warm-up for the subsequent Conference! Both meetings benefited from highly interactive poster sessions, with people often ignoring the (imaginary) dinner gong to continue their discussions. Speaking of dinner, the final evening saw the conference dinner, as the stormy skies of the week cleared for a traditional al fresco Maine lobster bake. Not my cup of tea, but most people seemed to enjoy tucking into their crustaceans in the sunshine. Bibs were provided!
Three of my images have been shortlisted for the European Proteomics Association (EuPA) 2012 Proteomics Photography and Graphic Arts Contest. The three images illustrate different aspects of proteomics, which is the study of all proteins in a given system, such as a cell. You can vote for your favourite image here.
I have recently returned from the Keystone Symposia meeting “Proteomics, Interactomes” that took place in Stockholm, Sweden (7th-12th May). It was the first Keystone Symposia meeting in Stockholm, which, although lacking the ski slopes so often sampled at Keystone meetings, made for a very pleasant venue. It was also the inaugural “Proteomics, Interactomes” conference, and hopefully it will be the first of many. The meeting was a great success, with an excellent range of speakers. The organisers, Matthias Mann, Ruedi Aebersold and Mathias Uhlén, put together an engaging programme that thematically (and chronologically) covered the “life” of the proteome, from birth (protein synthesis and interplay with genomics) through the prime of life (myriad interactions and signalling) to ultimate death (protein degradation). The end of the programme even ushered in the afterlife of the proteome!