Cellular dynamics: membrane-cytoskeleton interface

Organisers: Michael Way, Elizabeth Chen, Margaret Gardel and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz

Date: 21 - 24 May 2017

Location: Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Massachusetts, USA

Cell biology in its broadest sense aims to understand how a cell, the basic unit of life, converts information stored within its genome into form and function in both space and time. This includes understanding not only the inner workings of individual cells but also how they react and respond to each other and their environment. To achieve this end is a formidable task, as the different systems and organelles of the cell comprise complex protein, lipid and nucleic acid assembles that are dynamic and interdependent. Moreover, these assemblies, which also have emergent properties that cannot be predicted from the list of parts, are dependent on both their chemical and physical properties. Our ability to tackle the complexity of the cell at all scales has benefited greatly from improved imaging and computational approaches, which allow quantitative analysis of the dynamics and interactions of molecules and cells. Recent technological advances in microscopy, including the ability to break the diffraction barrier, have also revolutionized our ability to interrogate cellular processes and cell activities at higher temporal and spatial resolution in environments of ever-increasing complexity.

The purpose of this meeting was to bring together a group of researchers studying the interface between membrane and cytoskeletal systems at different scales and  perspectives using a range of model systems – a unique approach that is intended to bring together frontline research in these areas, stimulating discussions across the disciplines and fostering collaborative links between researchers. This meeting reinforced some of the topics that are core to Journal of Cell Science.


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Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center is located in the USA, minutes from Sturbridge and an hour’s drive from Boston, Springfield, Hartford, CT, and Providence, RI.  The building was originally constructed as an optical factory and has been refurnished and remodelled into a superb conference centre.

Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
14 Mechanic Street
MA 01550
Tel: +1 508 765 8000


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Cellular dynamics: membrane-cytoskeleton interface
21 – 24 May 2017
Southbridge Hotel, Southbridge, MA, USA




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