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Date: 22–24 February 2022

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Abstract Submission Deadline: 8 September 2021
Early Registration Deadline: 30 November 2021

Addressing the immense burden of pediatric infectious diseases
The 12th World Congress of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID) is going virtual! Join us online from 22-24 February 2022 to address the most important issues in infectious diseases that affect children and their families. WSPID, the only global society that is devoted entirely to pediatric diseases in children, invites you to hear the latest developments relevant to your patients, to interact with world experts in all aspects of pediatric infectious diseases, to meet colleagues from all over the world and to network for new opportunities and collaborations to address the immense burden of infectious diseases.
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We look forward to seeing you online!

2021-08-04 2022-02-24

Date & Time: August 4, 2021 (Wednesday) 12:00 - 13:00

* Zoom online seminar

Speaker: Spyros Goulas, PhD
Associate Scientific Editor, Developmental Cell, Cell Press

Organizer: Professor Guojun Sheng (IRCMS)

* English as medium of seminar

* Anyone who wants to join is welcome.
(Include those who are from outside of the University)

2021-07-19 2021-08-04

Date: August 31, 2021 / 16:00-17:30 JST



16:00–16:10: Welcome
Dr. Shigeo Koyasu, Executive Director, RIKEN, Japan
Dr. Gerlind Wallon, Programme Head, EMBO, Germany

16:10–16:40: Principles of cellular compartmentalization
Prof. Anne Spang, Professor of Biochemistry, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland

16:40–16:50: Q&A session
Moderated by Prof. Blanche Schwappach, Professor and Director of Biochemistry, University Medical Center Göttingen, Germany

16:50–17:20: Golgi apparatus and its next-door neighbors
Dr. Akihiko Nakano, Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics, Wako, Japan

17:20–17:30: Q&A session
Moderated by Prof. Blanche Schwappach

"Principles of cellular compartmentalization"
(Prof. Anne Spang, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland)
Eukaryotic cells contain membrane-bounded organelles to separate distinct cellular functions. Nevertheless, the organelles need to communicate with each other and the extracellular space, which is supported by specialized domains on organelles and the plasma membrane. Key regulators of these specialized compartments are small GTPases of the Arf and Rab families. Compartmentalization is not restricted to membranes but takes also place in the nucleus and the cytoplasm, where membraneless condensates are formed to fulfill dedicated functions. I will discuss our current understanding of intracellular compartmentalization, rules that govern these processes and where we are headed.

"Golgi apparatus and its next-door neighbors"
(Dr. Akihiko Nakano, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics, Wako, Japan)
The Golgi apparatus represents a core compartment of membrane traffic. Its apparent architecture, however, differs much among species, from unstacked and scattered cisternae in S. cerevisiae to beautiful ministacks in plants and invertebrates and further to gigantic ribbon structures in vertebrates. Considering the well-conserved functions of the Golgi, its fundamental structure must have been optimized despite seemingly different architectures. In this lecture, I will describe dynamic behaviors of the Golgi and its next-door neighbors, observed by the high-speed and super-resolution live imaging microscopy (SCLIM) we developed, and propose a common model of the structure and function of the Golgi from a comparative point of view among yeast, plant and animal cells.

2021-07-16 2021-08-31

Date: February 19 – 23, 2022

Venue: San Francisco, CA

2021-04-06 2022-02-23