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The 17th FEBS Young Scientists' Forum (YSF) will start on Thursday September 7th, 2017 with a welcome cocktail, opening of the event and an inspiring talk from Prof. Dan Tawfik, which will give a historical perspective on biochemistry research as well as looking to the future. The scientific programme over the following couple of days will provide opportunities for all participants to present their research as oral presentations and/or posters, and we are also looking forward to fascinating talks from the four keynote speakers: Naama Barkai, Nicolas Plachta, Güneş Özhan and Eric Westhof. In addition, for part of Friday September 8th a 'Careers Roundtable' will provide a forum to learn about and discuss early-career options, as well as providing advice on key skills. Over the course of the YSF there will be plenty of opportunities for participants to enjoy making new international connections and getting to know each other. The YSF will close on Sunday September 10th, 2017, when we will transfer to the FEBS Congress.

The preliminary programme for the 17th YSF is set out below; it is possible that minor changes may be made subsequently.

17th YSF Organizing Committee


Thursday, September 7

11:00 17:30 Arrival and Registration
17:30 18:30 Welcome Reception
18:30 19:00 Welcome Address Prof. Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada and Maayan Pour
19:00 20:00 Opening Lecture Dan Tawfik  (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)
'For the love of enzymes – from Kornberg to us and beyond'
20:00 Dinner

Friday, September 8

09:00 10:00 Keynote Lecture
Naama Barkai (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)
'Expression homeostasis during DNA replication'
10:00 11:00 Symposium 1 − Molecular Mechanism of Stress Response
Chair − Maayan Korman (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

Shir Toubiana (Technion - Israel institue of Technology, Israel)
'The telomeric phenotype in CRISPR-corrected ICF iPSCs'

Florian Lafont (University of Nantes, France)
'The O-GlcNAcylation/Phosphorylation balance of DNA-PKcs in response to DNA double-strand breaks'

Ana Carolina Cordeiro (Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica, Portugal)
'Ace1 prevents intracellular copper accumulation by regulating Fet3  expression
and thereby restricting Aft1 activity'

Karolina Kucharewicz (University of Warsaw, Poland)
'Lysosomes as a target for tacrine-melatonin heterodimer,
which modulates autophagy at the initiation and degradation stage'
11:00 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 12:30 EMBO Young Investigator Lecture
Nicolas Plachta  (Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, A*STAR, Singapore)
'Imaging how cells decide their fate, shape and position in the living mouse embryo'
12:30 13:30 Lunch in Hotel Restaurant / Guided tour at the Kibutz
13:30 14:30 Guided tour at the Kibutz / Lunch in Hotel Restaurant
14:30 16:00 1 min Poster Presentations
16:00 19:00 Career Skills: Round Table Session

Career Development and FEBS Activities
Prof. Claudina Rodrigues-Pousada, Chair, FEBS Working Group on the Careers of Young Scientists, Portugal

Postdoctoral Grant Application-EMBO Programs
Dr. David del Álamo Rodriguez, EMBO Fellowship Programme Manager, Germany

EU Mobility Programs
Dr. Alan Craig, Belgium

CV Preparation
Dr. Keith Elliot, FEBS Education Committee, United Kingdom

Scientific Manuscript Writing
Dr. Mary Purton, FEBS Open Bio, United Kingdom 

19:00 20:00 Dinner
20:00 – 22:00 Poster Session (posters 142) and Beer

Saturday, September 9

09:30 13:00 Israel Museum tour
13:00 14:00 Lunch
14:00 17:00 Poster Session (posters 43–83) and Coffee Break
17:00 18:00 Symposium 2 − Protein Dynamics and Structure
Chair − Roy Kalfon (Technion - Israel institue of technology, Israel)

Alejandra Guerra-Castellano (The Institute for Chemical Research, Spain)
Functional and structural implications of phosphorylated cytochrome c

Jan Parolek (Osnabrück University, Germany)
Functional analysis of a putative ceramide sensor involved in mitochondrial apoptosis

Keis Nabhane Said Halidi (Institut Pasteur, Paris)
CEP55 contains two new NEMO-like ubiquitin domains which play different roles in  cytokinetic abscission

Oleksandr Skorokhod (The Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics NAS, Ukraine)
New splice-forms of TDRD7 protein mutated in cataract’s and glaucoma’s role in mTOR-pathway
18:00 19:00 Keynote Lecture − Eric Westhof (University of Strasbourg, France)  
'From an integrated structure- and energy-based view of the genetic code to cellular homeostasis'
19:00 20:00 Dinner
20:00 – 21:00 Symposium 3 − RNA Biology and Protein Interactions
Chair − Gamze Tuna (Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey)

Inga Songailiene (Vilnius University, Lithuania)
Target recognition by cascade complexes bearing altered length crRNA

Ofir Klein (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Actin remodeling as coordinator of mast cell communication with the outside;
mDia1 is a novel regulator of mast cell chemotaxis and exocytosis

Sara Canato (University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences, Portugal)
Modulation of protein traffic networks to rescue F508del-CFTR from the endoplasmic reticulum

Olga Herdt (Freie University, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Germany)
The cancer-associated U2AF35 470A>G (Q157R) mutation creates an in-frame alternative 5’ splice site
that impacts on splicing regulation in Q157R patients

Sunday, September 10

09:00 10:00 Keynote Lecture
Güneş Özhan (Izmir International Biomedicine and Genome Institute, Izmir, Turkey)
'Tight regulation of Wnt/beta-catenin signaling at the plasma membrane'
10:00 11:00 Symposium 4 − Metabolism and Signaling
Chair − Geula Hanin (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel)

Stefania D'Adamo (University of Bologna, Italy)
MiR-33a and its SREBF2 host gene as key orchestrators of the response of cardiac cells
to palmitic acid and n-3 polyunsaturated

Katarzyna Kolczyńska (Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Poland)
Molecular mechanism underlying the effect of Hsp72 on insulin sensitivity
and lipid metabolism in skeletal muscle

Hande Topel (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey)
Reciprocal Interaction of c-Met Receptor Tyrosine Kinase and lncRNA HOTAIR in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Ana Dias Martins (University of Porto, Portugal)
Control of energy balance by glucagon like peptide-1 may affect the nutritional support of spermatogenesis
11:00 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 12:15 Symposium 5 − Molecular Mechanism of Diseases
Chair − Maayan Pour (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Ariana Hudita (University of Bucharest, Romania)
5FU loaded silk fibroin nanocarriers for colon cancer targeted therapy

Elisa Tonoli (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
The transglutaminase-2 “transamidome” in Aβ-exposed primary rat hippocampal neurons

Oded Danziger (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
A twist in the plot: oncolysis by non-productive viral infection

Toma Keser (University of Zagreb, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, Croatia)
Plasma N-glycome composition can identify individuals at increased risk of type 2 diabetes development
12:15 – 12:30 Concluding Remarks

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