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Early Bird Sessions

Most sessions of the FEBS Congress endeavor to report on novel discoveries in the diverse fields of molecular life sciences. However, the latest methodology used in the research might not always receive much attention. The Early Bird Sessions, organized by several Israeli experimental biology societies, aim to focus on novel experimental methods and technologies that drive forth the scientific discoveries in each field. As their name suggests, the Early Bird Sessions will start before the regular morning lectures, and they comprise talks presented by leading experts in each research area.

Early Bird Session 1:
Advanced microscopy techniques – from molecules to cells

Monday, September 11, 2017, 07:45-8:45
Chairs: Leah Gheber and Eyal Shimoni

In recent years, many fields of microscopy have experienced an exciting multifaceted renaissance. In light microscopy single molecules can be detected, the wave-length related diffraction-limit is circumvented by super-resolution techniques, dynamic processes in cells and organelles can be observed by light-sheet microscopy, and live imaging techniques allow for in-situ observation within the context of the living organism. In cryo-transmission electron microscopy the development of direct electron detectors allows for the 3D reconstruction of protein complexed with resolution nearing or sometimes exceeding that obtained by x-ray crystallography. The thickness, hence the volume,  of samples observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is increased by the utilisation of scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and focused ion beam (FIB) in the scanning electron microscope (SEM). In this session, a few examples of these advances will be  presented.

07:45-08:05     Natalie Elia, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

08:05-08:25     Yuval Garini, Bar-Ilan University

08:25-08:45     Michael Elbaum, Weizmann Institute of Science

Early Bird Session 2:
Extracellular vesicles: mediating cross talk between cells

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 07:45-08:45
Chairs: Neta Regev-Rudzki and Yael Heifetz

Over the past 10 years, exciting advances have been made towards understanding the generation and biological role of cell-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs). This is an emerging area in cell biology, crossing many biological systems; ranging from infectious diseases, plant biology, insect development and cancer. EVs are now considered as one of the most promising targets for therapeutic intervention and already serve as diagnostic biomarkers. This session aims to bring together investigators from different disciplines and areas of interest to present their newest findings concerning the biogenesis of extracellular vesicles, how these are docked onto target cells, release their cargo and exert their function in physiological and pathological conditions.

07:45-08:05    David Wallach, Weizmann Institute of Science

08:05-08:25    Elie Beit-Yannai, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

08:25-08:45    Carmit Levy, Tel Aviv University

Early Bird Session 3:
New European research infrastructures in imaging, structural biology and compound screening: how to take advantage as a researcher? 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 07:45-08:45
Chairs: Benny Geiger
and Joel Sussman

In recent years, an increasing number of academic institutions are joining forces within pan-European research infrastructures to offer open access to their state-of-the art technology platforms in e.g. imaging, structural biology, compound screening for international researchers. During this session, three research infrastructures will present how external scientists from Europe and beyond can use their technologies and services and how scientists can integrate them in their research projects.

07:45-08:05    Frauke Leitner, EMBL Heidelberg, Euro-BioImaging

08:05-08:25    Bahne Stechmann, FMP Leibniz-Institute of Molecular Pharmacology, EU-OPENSCREEN

08:25-08:45    Dave Stuart, University of Oxford, INSTRUCT

Early Bird Session 4:
State of the art experimental approaches in study of cytoskeletal dynamics

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 07:45-08:45
Chair: Leah Gheber

Cytoskeletal dynamics is one of the major factors that govern intracellular processes in interphase and dividing cells. It is comprised of dynamic interactions between protein filaments, motor proteins and cargos that are tightly regulated on multiple levels to allow cellular function. The interdisciplinary approaches to study of cytoskeletal dynamics include genetics, cell biology and live imaging, biochemistry and biophysics. Talks in this session will demonstrate the state-of-the-art methodologies in studying cytoskeletal dynamics, from single molecules to cells.

07:45-08:05     Arnon Henn, The Technion

08:05-08:25     Eran Perlson, Tel-Aviv University

08:25-08:45     Jawdat Al-Bassam, UC Davis, USA

Early Bird Session 5:
Applications of mass spectrometry based metabolomics in biological research

Thursday, September 14, 2017, 07:45-08:25
Chairs: Tami Geiger and Dana Reichmann

The metabolomics early bird session will introduce and discuss applications of mass spectrometry based techniques to the analysis of metabolites in various biological systems, from mammalian cells to plants. We will discuss biochemical methods, including metabolite extraction, chromatography, and mass spectrometric methods. Additionally, we will discuss techniques for metabolite identification, metabolic flux analysis and absolute quantification. The workshop is designed for researchers and students who have no or little background in mass spectrometry, as well as for researchers that use mass spectrometry daily but would like to learn about metabolomics.

07:45-08:15   Tamar Avin Wittenberg, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

08:05-08:25   Tami Geiger, Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

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