June 16, 2016

International Symposium on BioNanoVision of cellular architecture: from the nucleus to the cell membrane

ICREA Conference event at ICFO draws international experts on Super-Resolution Microscopy

Each year, ICREA researchers are eligible to participate in a highly competitive call for proposals for the ICREA Conference Awards which funds international conferences and workshops in Catalonia where participants are world leaders in their fields. The awarded events may be devoted to any area of knowledge that is relevant to the research carried out by the applicants, although priority is given to cutting-edge fields and interdisciplinary subjects.

ICREA Professor Maria Garcia-Parajo and Professor Melike Lakadamyali at ICFO in collaboration with ICREA Professor Pia Cosma at CRG were given the award in 2015 and hosted on May 25th -27th , 2016, the International Symposium on BioNanoVision of cellular architecture: from the nucleus to the cell membrane, at ICFO.

The symposium brought together a multidisciplinary group of world-leading scientists including experts from the optical nanoscopy field, biophysicists, cell biologists, chemists and statistical physicists.  More than 100 researchers from these different disciplines participated in the meeting, with 14 talks from invited speakers, 12 shorts selected from contributed abstracts and more than 35 posters.

The first day of the meeting concentrated on new technological advances in super-resolution & single molecule imaging, followed by the second and third days that focused on applications of novel these techniques in the fields of cell membrane biology and trafficking and nuclear architecture.  The meeting closed with a talk from Kyle Legate, Senior Editor from Nature Communications providing guidelines on Nature policies for publishing in this burgeoning research field. Ione-Verdeny (ICFO) received the award for the best short talk of the event and Franziska Fricke (Goethe University) received the best poster award.