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Launch: GW4 Facility for High-Resolution Electron Cryo-Microscopy

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Join us for the launch of the £2.3 million Cryo-EM facility which will provide researchers across the Great West with a suite of state-of-the-art microscopy and analysis tools, accelerating new insights into human health and disease.

The facility has been established following awards from Wellcome and co-investment from the universities of the GW4 Alliance.

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13:00 Opening Address: Dr Jim Smith, Director of Science, Wellcome

Session 1, chaired by Christiane Berger-Schaffitzel
13:20 – 14:30 Sjors Scheres, LMB Cambridge
The atomic structure of Tau filaments from Alzheimer’s disease brain
14:30 – 14:50 Ariel Blocker, University of Bristol
Structure, assembly and function of the “injection needle” and “tip” of type III secretion machines
14:50 – 15:10 Bertram Daum, University of Exeter:
CryoEM in Exeter – focus on the structure and function of the type-IV plus machinery in bacteria and archaea
Coffee Break & Poster Session

Session 2, chaired by Paul Verkade
15:45 – 16:05 Danielle Paul, University of Bristol
Relaxed and active structures of the thin filament: a new structural mechanism for the regulatory mechanism
16:05 – 16:55 John Briggs, LMB Cambridge/ EMBL Heidelberg
Enveloped viruses and coated vesicles - structures “in situ" using cryo-electron tomography
16:55 – 17:00 Closing Address: Professor Nick Talbot, Chair of the GW4 Board and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Impact), University of Exeter

Drinks & Poster Session

Electron Cryo-Microscopy poster competition

As part of the launch of the £2.3 million Cryo-EM facility we will be holding a poster competition at the event. Three prizes will be awarded based on scientific quality and most promising project.

Prizes

  • 2 days of data collection on the new Talos Arctica electron cryo-microscope including support for the duration
  • 3D print-out of solved molecular models, sponsored by Molecular Models
  • £100 ECR prize, sponsored by FEI and Gatan

The judging panel will comprise all GW4 partners and Malcom Skingle (Director of Academic Liaison Worldwide Business Development GSK), who will present the prizes on the day.

To register an interest please contact your GW4 representative with your name and draft poster title by 7 August 2017. Representatives as follows:

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