Event Name

Synchrotron Radiation Techniques and Nanotechnology: a Synergic Approach to Life Sciences and Medicine

Start Date 11th Nov 2013
End Date 22nd Nov 2013

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP, Trieste, Italy), in cooperation with iThemba Labs - National Research Foundation (SA) Cape Town Campus, Stellenbosch, South Africa is organizing an Advanced School on Synchrotron Radiation Techniques and Nanotechnology: A Synergic Approach to Life Sciences and Medicine to be held in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, South Africa. 

In the post-genomic era the emphasis has shifted from genes to proteins and to the understanding of their structure and biological function. The rapid development of nano-sciences has made available a new range of tools and approaches that have revolutionized biological and medical research, by allowing scientist to manipulate nano-particles and macromolecular objects and to monitor the behaviour of single molecules. Not only is this having a great impact on basic biological research, but its applications have become a driving and innovative force in the modern economic and industrial framework, particularly for health and biotechnology.

Topics will include:

  • Macromolecular crystallography,
  • Single particle electron microscopy,
  • Small angle X-ray scattering,
  • Computational biology,
  • Nano-biophysics,
  • High resolution atomic force microscopy,
  • Nano-mechanics and tissue engineering. 
The aim of the school is to introduce young researchers to the latest developments in the field of structural biology, nano-biophysics and nano-medicine and to their revolutionary impact on biotechnology, pharmacology and early diagnostics of widespread diseases. Potential applications range from low-cost diagnostic tools and therapeutics for neglected diseases (such as malaria, Dengue, AIDS) to the development of local biotechnology industry. A few practical sessions will provide the students with some hands-on experience in some of the subjects covered by the lectures. 
Location Cape Town
South Africa
URL http://cdsagenda5.ictp.trieste.it/full_display.php?ida=a12238

Category IUCr sponsored meetings | Schools
Topics Biological macromolecules | Computing | Microscopy | Small-angle scattering | Synchrotron radiation