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Macromolecular Organization & Cell Function
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

Since its inception, the primary theme of the Macromolecular Organization and Cell Function conference has been the essential role of macromolecular assemblies in the organization and function of living cells, as well as the mechanisms that establish and control this organization. These include transient systems, such as multienzyme complexes, which have been historically difficult to study but are of enormous importance in understanding cellular metabolism. A historical area of interest has been applications of new imaging technologies which allow visualization of biological processes in living cells at the molecular level. Other techniques of growing importance and interest, including proteomics, metabolite profiling (metabolomics), and structural biology, which provide for the global analysis of cellular activity and function, are also areas of focus. In this respect, a consistent theme within the meeting has been computational biology and modeling of macromolecular structures and metabolic processes based directly on information obtained by the empirical experimental approaches. Specific sessions at this conference have included discussions of the role of chromatin structure in controlling gene expression, the structuring of water within cells, metabolic control theory, mechanisms of force generation within cells, the evidence for channeling in dynamic and stable multi-enzyme complexes, a reassessment of mitochondrial structure and function, and the use of noninvasive methods such as NMR, fluorescence spectroscopy, molecular imaging and one of the first applications of optical tweezers to study intact living cells and organisms. Conferees are also exposed to historical perspectives, on topics such as how our concepts of cell structure and the intracellular milieu have evolved over the years, particularly during the 5 minute introduction given by the Discussion Leaders to begin each session. Recently the Paul Srere Memorial lecture, named after the conference co-founder, also has served this purpose.

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Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2008 Macromolecular Organization & Cell Function
Cellular Systems Biology
Jul 27 - Aug 1 Magdalen College Robert S. Balaban
Loranne Agius
2006 Macromolecular Organization & Cell Function Aug 6-11 Mount Holyoke College Ronald M. Lynch
Stephen Oliver
2004 Macromolecular Organization & Cell Function Aug 15-20 The Queen's College Christopher D. Hardin
Judit Ovadi
2002 Macromolecular Organization & Cell Function Aug 4-9 The Queen's College Brenda Winkel
Kevin M. Brindle
2000 Macromolecular Organization & Cell Function Aug 6-11 The Queen's College Natalie S. Cohen
Hans V. Westerhoff
1998 Macromolecular Organization & Cell Function Sep 13-18 The Queen's College John E. Wilson
Douglas B. Kell
1996 Macromolecular Organization & Cell Function Sep 1-6 The Queen's College James S. Clegg
1995 Enzyme Organization & Cell Function Jan 15-20 Casa Sirena Hotel Murray Deutscher
1993 Enzyme Organization & Cell Function Jan 18-22 Casa Sirena Hotel Harvey Knull
1991 Enzyme Organization & Cell Function Jan 21-25 Casa Sirena Hotel Christopher Mathews
1989 Organization of Metabolic Sequences Jan 30 - Feb 3 Ventura Beach Marriott G. Rickey Welch
1987 Organization of Metabolic Sequences Jan 19-23 Miramar Hotel Paul A. Srere
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