Let’s talk crystallography in Asia and Oceania

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07 November, 2016

Let’s talk crystallography in Asia and Oceania.

Hanoi, Vietnam will become ‘The city of crystallography’ from 3 – 7th December, hosting the 14th conference of the Asian Crystallography Association (AsCA 2016) and
SPT Labtech’s protein crystallography open workshop.

This region has a long and distinguished history in the field of crystallography:

  • Bragg’s Law, formulated by the Australian Lawrence Bragg
  • seminal contributions to the crystal engineering of organic molecules (India)
  • coordination polymers (Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and China).

This is highlighted in a recent themed issue of a Royal Society of Chemistry journal celebrating Crystallography in the Asia-Pacific region (CrystEngComm (2014) 16: 6276). This region is also one of the youngest and the fastest growing of the four Regional Associates of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr).

If you are going to AsCA 2016 and would like to join us for a relaxing afternoon of talks by leading crystallographers in both industry and academia and meet other users of SPT Labtech’s liquid handling instruments, please come along on Saturday 3rd Dec at 11am at Hotel Mövenpick, 83 Lý Thường Kiệt, Cửa Nam, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội. Following the talks and discussions, you will be able to delight in the tasty traditional Vietnamese cuisine following a Hanoi sightseeing. At this open workshop you will have the chance to learn more about best practices and successful strategies to crystallize proteins using
SPT Labtech’s range of mosquito® and dragonfly® liquid handlers. This is a FREE event, but places are limited so please sign up to avoid disappointment.

The following speakers at the workshop will also be available for informal discussions during the day:

Dr. Andrew Doré “Extra-helical binding site of a Glucagon Receptor antagonist: problems and solutions using the mosquito LCP”

Dr. Andrew Doré is Director of Crystallography at Heptares Therapeutics, UK. His work addresses some of the hurdles associated with the instability of GPCRs and aims to generate small molecules and therapeutic antibodies targeting challenging or previously undruggable GPCRs.

Prof. Kurt Krause “Simplified Method for Influenza Neuraminidase Purification for Structural Studies”

Prof. Kurt Krause is Director of the Webster Center for Infectious Diseases and a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Otago. His group focus on the structural biology of infectious diseases.

Dr. S. Ramaswamy is an Senior Professor at Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, India. His research interests lay in the area of protein-protein interaction networks of translocation pathways and lipid signaling. His general research question is ‘what could be the differences in the modulation and dynamics of protein complexes/ lipids between normal cells and cell under the stress?’

If you would like to find out more about the mosquito range of liquid handlers or dragonfly please contact our experts at discover@sptlabtech.com.