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A Life of Encounters
November 20th to 22nd, 2003



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Thursday, 30th November 2006

9:00-12:00 Registration
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-13:30 Welcome / Opening Remarks - Steve Cohen

1. Evolution and Disease

13:30-14:20 The EMBO Lecture: Siv Andersson (Uppsala Universitet)
"Evolution of bacterial pathogen genomes"
14:20-15:10 Coffee Break
15:10-16:00 Franziska Michor (Harvard University)
"The Mathematics of Cancer Threapy"
16:00-16:50 Robert E.W. Hancock (University of British Columbia, Canada)
"Host Defence Peptides as Agents of Innate Immunity against Infections"
17:00-19:00 Chill-out Poster Session 1
19:00-20:00 Dinner

Friday, 1st December 2006

2. What we eat: Food and Disease

9:00-9:50 Gad Frankel (Imperial College London)
"The Intimate Secrets of Enteropathogenic and Enterohaemorrhagic E. Coli"
9:50-10:20 Coffee Break
10:20-11:10 Rudolf Zechner (University of Graz, Austria)
"Fat catabolism: Old pathway - new players"
11:10-12:00 Mick Tuite (University of Kent, UK)
"Prions: Infectious Agents or Epigenetic Regulators?"
12:00-13:00 Lunch

3. New Therapeutic Approaches

13:00-13:50 Andrea Gambotto (University of Pittsburgh)
"Protection from Lethal H5N1 Avian Influenza Virus through Adenovirus-Based Immunization"
13:50-14:40 Hermona Soreq (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
"Checks and Balances of Mammalian Stress and Anxiety Reactions"
14:40-15:10 Coffee Break
15:10-16:00 Olle Lindvall (Lund University)
"Stem Cells for Neurological Disorders: Will It Ever Become a Therapy?"
15:10-16:00 Judy Lieberman (Harvard University)
"The Silent Treatment: Delivering RNA Interference"
16:50-17:20 Coffee Break
17:20-19:00 Panel Discussion
"Who sets the limits, we or nature?"
19:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00-21:15 Classical Music concert - music@embl

Saturday, 2nd December 2006

4. Diseases of the Brain

9:00-9:50 David Collier (King's College London)
"Unravelling the Biology of Psychiatric Disorders"
9:50-10:20 Coffee Break
10:20-11:10 Klaus-Peter Lesch (University of Wuerzburg)
"Serotonin Transporter Gene x Environment Interaction: Implications for Depression"
11:10-12:00 Massimo Tabaton (University of Genoa, Italy)
"Mechanisms of -Amiloid Accumulation and Toxicity in Alzheimer’s Disease"
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Coffee Poster Session 2

5. Host & Pathogen – A molecular perspective

15:00-15:50 Maria Manuel Mota (University of Lisbon)
"Malaria infection: approaching the host"
15:50-16:40 Andrew Read (Edinburgh University)
"Why is malaria so benign?"
16:40-17:10 Coffee Break
17:10-18:00 Serge Benichou (Institut Cochin)
"HIV auxiliary proteins: an interface between the virus and the host"
18:00-18:50 Douglas Young (Imperial College London)
"Tuberculosis: A Grand Challenge in Global Health"
18:50-19:15 Prizes / Closing Remarks - Anne Ephrussi
19:30-20:30 Dinner
20:30 Party