An Isaac Newton Institute Workshop

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Towards a Predictive Biology

19 - 23 January 2004

Organisers: Professor Tom McLeish (Leeds)

in association with the Newton Institute programme entitled Statistical Mechanics of Molecular and Cellular Biological Systems

Programme | Participants | Accepted Posters

Theme of Conference:

This opening conference will take a long view of the increasingly multidisciplinary exploration of microscopic biological systems. The invited speakers are world-leading biologists, physicists and mathematicians whose background qualifies them to speak not only on current programmes of research, but also on the concepts and tools that we may be missing. Just how "predictive" could biology ever be? What is the relationship between biology, physics and mathematics as disciplines, and what might it become?


These are a few of the accepted speakers, with examples of the subjects they will tackle.

Dennis Bray (Cambridge)
Intracellular signalling in a molecular jungle: insights from bacterial chemotaxis Abstract
Vincent Croquette (CNRS)
Single molecule study of DNA/protein interactions Abstract
Ken Dill (UCSF)
Protein folding kinetics: some new twists on the transition state idea Abstract
Richard Durbin (Sanger, Cambridge)
Genomic data and prediction: the value of comprehensive information Abstract
Alexei Finkelstein (IPR, Russia)
Two bottlenecks for ab initio prediction of protein structures Abstract
Michael E Fisher (Maryland)
Theory for molecular motors: may be predictive?
Daan Frenkel (Amsterdam)
Random design: a litany of ignorance Abstract
Julia Goodfellow (BBSRC)
Towards predictive biology Abstract
Jean-Pierre Hansen (Cambridge)
Simple models for ion channels: selectivity, intermittency and ion transport
Stan Leibler (Rockefeller)
Genetic and biochemical networks: A physicist's perspective Abstract
Babatunde Ogunnaike (Delaware)
Cellular modeling of cancer - do we have the tools? Abstract
Janet Thornton (EBI, Cambridge)
Protein solubility and evolution
Rodney Townsend (Royal Society of Chemistry)
The roles of the chemical sciences in predictive biology Abstract
John Trinick (Leeds)
Linear molecular motors
Sir John Walker (Cambridge)
to be confirmed

Applications Forms

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Supported Participants

Limited support is available for participants in this meeting. In particular, support for younger researchers is available under the Newton Institute Junior Membership scheme.


The Institute has limited accommodation available. On receipt of your formal workshop acceptance letter (which will be sent in late August) you are strongly advised to confirm your accommodation requirements immediately. Once all Institute accommodation has been allocated, you are likely to have to arrange your own. A list of local Guest Houses are available here.

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