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Anhydrobiosis – cheating death and telling the tale

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Location

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9JJ

Overview

Theo Murphy international scientific meeting organised by Professor Roy Quinlan and Professor Takekazu Kunieda.

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Anhydrobiosis was first described by Van Leeuwenhoek in 1702. Both plants and animals have anhydrobiotic responses and understanding the mechanisms that support such an extreme stress response will prove invaluable for future food security and for new therapeutics to treat for example proteinopathy-based diseases. Interdisciplinary scientists at the plant-animal interface will scope the application of anhydrobiotic mechanisms in future technologies.

The schedule of talks and speaker biographies is available below. Speaker abstracts will be available closer to the meeting date. Recorded audio of the presentations will be available on this page after the meeting has taken place.

Poster session - deadline extended

If you would like to apply to present a poster, please submit your title, your abstract (no more than 200 words and in third person), author list, name of the proposed presenter and authors' institutions to the Scientific Programmes team no later than Friday 14 February 2020. Please include the text ‘Anhydrobiosis: poster abstract' in the subject heading. Please note that places are limited and are selected at the scientific organisers' discretion. Poster abstracts will only be considered if the proposed presenter is registered to attend the meeting. Poster presenters will be selected to give flash talks on the first day of the meeting.

Attending this event

This is a residential conference which allows for increased discussion and networking.

  • Free to attend
  • Advance registration essential
  • Catering and accommodation available to purchase during registration

Enquiries: contact the Scientific Programmes team.

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Schedule of talks

30 March

Session 1 09:00-12:30

Comparison of plant and animal anhydrobiotic responses

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09:05-09:25 Tardigrades' unique toolbox for anhydrobiosis

Dr Takekazu Kunieda, University of Tokyo, Japan

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09:25-09:45 Cell engineering to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying anhydrobiosis

Dr Takahiro Kikawada, NARO and The University of Tokyo, Japan

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09:45-10:10 Discussion – the essence of animal anhydrobiosis

10:10-10:30 Poster flash talks

10:30-11:00 Coffee

11:00-11:20 Angiosperm dessication response

Professor Dorothea Bartels, University of Bonn, Germany

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11:20-11:40

12:10-12:30 Poster flash talks

12:30-13:30

Lunch

Session 2 13:30-16:15

Predicting the future from diverse anhydrobiotic datasets

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13:30-13:50 Interpreting small angle scattering data ab-inito and what might we say about unkown structures?

Dr Christopher Prior, Durham University, UK

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13:50-14:05 Discussion

14:05-14:25 Stickers and spacers model for phase transitions of intrinsically disordered proteins

Professor Rohit Pappu, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

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14:25-14:40 Discussion

14:40-15:10 Tea

15:10-15:30 Phase separation as a stress survival strategy

Professor Simon Alberti, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

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15:30-15:45 Discussion

15:45-16:00 Evolution of stress resistance in metazoans

Dr Chiara Boschetti, University of Plymouth, UK

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16:00-16:15 Discussion

16:15-18:00

Poster session

31 March

Session 3 09:00-12:30

Anhydrobiosis application to disease prevention and treatment

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Chairs

Professor Jill M Farrant, University of Cape Town, South Africa

09:00-09:20 Weighing the evidence for molecular chaperone function under stress

Dr Justin Benesch, University of Oxford, UK

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09:20-09:35 Discussion

09:35-09:55 Curvature sensing and membrane stabilization by disordered proteins

Dr Wade Zeno, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

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09:55-10:10 Discussion

10:10-10:40 Coffee

10:40-11:00 Phase transitions and biomedical applications

Dr Serena Carra, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy

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11:00-11:15 Discussion

11:15-11:35 Lessons from nature: leveraging anhydrobiosis to develop strategies for biomedically relevant stabilization

Dr Thomas Boothby, University of Wyoming, USA

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11:35-12:30 Discussion

12:30-13:30

Lunch

Session 4 13:30-17:00

Agronomical application of anhydrobiotic-based technologies

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Professor Dorothea Bartels, University of Bonn, Germany

13:30-13:50 How plants feel: discrimination of environmental information using calcium signalling

Professor Marc Knight, Durham University, UK

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13:50-14:05 Discussion

14:05-14:25 Crop engineering using resurrection plant insights

Professor Jill M Farrant, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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14:25-14:40 Discussion

14:40-15:10 Tea

15:10-15:30 Convergent evolution of desiccation tolerance across land plants

Dr Robert VanBuren, Michigan State University, USA

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15:30-15:45 Discussion

15:45-17:00 Panel discussion - meeting global challenges in health and food security

Anhydrobiosis – cheating death and telling the tale

Theo Murphy international scientific meeting organised by Professor Roy Quinlan and Professor Takekazu Kunieda.

Kavli Royal Society Centre, Chicheley Hall Newport Pagnell Buckinghamshire MK16 9JJ
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