NVBMB Spring Symposium 2019:
The annual Spring Symposium of the NVBMB will take place on Thursday May 9th, 2019 in Nijmegen. The title of the Symposium is ‘Emerging Strategies for Next-generation Peptide and Protein Therapeutics’ and it will cover a broad set of innovative strategies that utilize peptides and proteins as single agents or modules in next-generation therapeutic approaches.
Eight invited speakers (see program below) will cover a range of exciting topics, including the use of peptides to make small-molecules more specific towards receptor subtypes, an IgA-based approach to improve tumor immunotherapy as well as the use of proteins and peptides as cargo or structural agents in nanoparticulate delivery systems. An interactive laptop session has been scheduled to enable young scientists to share their research in a more informal setting.
During lunch, the yearly meeting of NVBMB members will be held, which the members can cast their vote for Jan Willem Borst (WUR) to join the NVBMB board. In the afternoon, the H.G.K. Westenbrink prize will be handed out to Dr. Pascal Miesen, who will give a lecture about his work on piRNA.
Registration for the symposium is obligatory
For more information about the symposium, please contact the organizers Merel Adjobo-Hermans (Radboudumc, on behalf of the NVBMB; firstname.lastname@example.org) and Wouter Verdurmen (Radboudumc, on behalf of the Department of Biochemistry; email@example.com).
Travel directions and venue:
RIMLS building (campus Radboudumc)
Geert Grooteplein Zuid 28
6525 GA Nijmegen
The symposium will be held in the Figdor Lecture Theatre (elevator to 7th floor, stairs to 8th floor RIMLS building, follow route 289). For travel by car or public transport, please visit: https://www.radboudumc.nl/en/radboud-institute-for-molecular-life-sciences/keep-in-touch/contact_1. Parking is possible in the central parking lot (Parkeergarage ingang West (centraal), Geert Grooteplein-Zuid 10, 6525 GA Nijmegen) and costs 9 EUR for one day. Parking space is limited, so travel by public transport is recommended.
To enable young researchers to share their research, one hour in the symposium is reserved for laptop presentations. During this hour, researchers will give short pitches (3-5 min) in an informal setting about their research using either Powerpoint or equivalent software on their own laptops. This set-up allows participants to attend several presentations during a 30-min session. Two sequential sessions of 30 min will be held with up to six presenters in parallel, implying only twelve spots are available in total. Especially PhD students and postdocs are encouraged to submit an abstract during registration to be considered for presenting a laptop presentation.
Thursday May 9th, 2019
Location: Figdor Lecture Theatre, 8th floor of the RIMLS research tower, route 289.
Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
09:15 – 10:00 Coffee/Tea
10:00 – 10:30 Prof. Dr. Thomas Valerius (University of Kiel). Novel approaches for myeloid effector cell recruitment in antibody-based tumor immunotherapy
10:30 – 11:00 Dr. Julie Nonnekens (Erasmus MC). Radiobiology of Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy
11:00 – 11:30 Sanne van Lith (Radboudumc). Put cancer in the spotlight; the use of small proteins and peptides for targeted photodynamic therapy
11:30 – 11:50 Short coffee/tea break
11:50 – 12:20 Prof. Dr. Lars Baltzer (Uppsala University). The effect on affinity and selectivity for human Carbonic Anhydrase IX by conjugating a polypeptide from a designed set to acetazolamide
12:20 – 12:50 Prof. Dr. Tom Grossmann (VU Amsterdam). Stabilizing the bioactive conformation of peptides and proteins
12:50 – 13:50 Lunch + ALV NVBMB
13:50 – 14:50 Laptop sessions
14:50 – 15:20 H.G.K. Westenbrink prize ceremony and lecture by the winner Dr. Pascal Miesen (Radboudumc)
15:20 – 15:50 Prof. Dr. Enrico Mastrobattista (Utrecht University). Nanoparticulate delivery systems for proteins and peptides
15:50 – 16:20 Prof. Dr. Jan van Hest (Eindhoven University of Technology). Elastin-like polypeptide assemblies for nanomedicine applications
16:20 – 17:00 Drinks