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Macromolecular Dynamics

24 Oct 11
- 26 Oct 11

Xavier Salvatella (ICREA and IRB Barcelona) and Michele Vendruscolo (Cambridge University, UK) Barcelona, Spain. 24-26 October, 2011



Our ability to accurately characterize the motions of proteins and nucleic acids has significantly increased in recent years due to important methodological advances as well as to greater collaboration between experiment and theory. Such developments have led to renewed insights into the mechanisms of biological processes of great importance in biomedicine - molecular recognition, signal transduction, binding allostery, protein folding and aggregation - for which we currently have descriptions that are mostly phenomenological.

This Barcelona Biomed Conference will bring together a truly unique blend of world-class experts in the characterization of macromolecular dynamics and in the use of such novel methods to reveal details of biological function.

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Registration deadline: July 1, 2011

There is no registration fee for this conference, but the number of participants is limited.

Participants are invited to submit abstracts, a number of which will be selected for short talk and poster presentations. Abstracts should include a title, authors, affiliations, summary (max 250 words) and references.


The BARCELONA BIOMED CONFERENCE on Macromolecular dynamics will be hosted by the Institut d'Estudis Catalans (IEC) in the heart of downtown Barcelona. Talks will take place in the Sala Prat de Riba.

Institut d'Estudis Catalans
C. del Carme, 47
08001 Barcelona

Tel +34 932 701 620
Fax +34 932 701 180


How to reach the IEC:

From Barcelona El Prat airport:

Via Taxi
A taxi from the airport to the IEC should take about 25 minutes and cost around 25-30 euros depending on traffic and luggage.

Via Train
The RENFE train leaves the airport every half an hour and will take you to Passeig de Gracia station, in about 25 mins and costs 2.80 Euros for a single ticket. Change here for the Green Line metro to Liceu. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the metro station (see map).

Via Bus
A transfer service called "Aerobus" will also take you from the airport to Plaça Catalunya and costs 4.25 Euros. The journey time is around 30 minutes. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

From Girona airport:

The "Barcelona bus" runs a transfer service between Girona Airport and Barcelona's city centre, scheduled to coincide with Ryan Air flights. The bus stops right outside the airport and will take you to Estacio d'Autobusos Barcelona Nord (Barcelona's main bus terminal), with a journey time of about 1 hr 10 min. The nearest Metro stop to the bus station is Arc De Triomf, which is a 5-10 minute walk from the bus station (exit the bus station Sortida Nàpols). Take the Red Line (L1) to Plaça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

From Sants train station:

Transfer to the metro Red Line (L1), and get off at laça Catalunya. The IEC is a 10-minute walk from the Plaça Catalunya (see map).

If you are arriving locally:

  • metro Metro
    Plaça Catalunya (lines 1 and 3)
    Liceu (line 3)
  • ffcc FGC
    Plaça Catalunya (train from Sarrià)
  • renfe Renfe
    Plaça Catalunya
  • bus Buses
    41, 55, 141 (Plaça Catalunya stop)
    14, 18, 59, 91 (Rambla stop)

Barcelona Metropolitan Transport webiste (with metro and bus maps)


Speakers will be lodged at the Hotel Catalonia Ramblas
c/ Pelayo, 28
08001 Barcelona
Telephone: +34 93 316 84 00
Fax: +34 93 316 84 01

Other hotels
A list of additional hotels within walking distance of the IEC can be found at: (The IEC is located near the blue point 08/5 star). Rates will vary depending on choice of hotel and season. Please check with the hotel of your choice directly for the best offer.

Another possibility is the Residencia dels Investigadors (Investigators Residence Hall), which has an agreement with the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) and the Catalan Government. It is located just behind the IEC, and is available for short-term stays. Rates (valid from 01/10/08- 31/08/09) range between 51-68 euros for a single room, to 71-94 euros for a double room.

Residencia dels Investigadors
C/ Hospital, 64
08001 Barcelona
Telephone: +34 93 443 86 10
Fax: +34 93 442 82 02

Participants registered for events in the Barcelona BioMed series should contact the hotels and residences directly to arrange bookings and payment.



  • Xavier Salvatella, ICREA and IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Michele Vendruscolo, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK)


  • Mikael Akke, Lund University (Lund, Sweden)
  • Hashim Al-Hashimi, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, USA)
  • Pau Bernadó, IRB Barcelona Barcelona, (Spain)
  • Robert Best, University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK)
  • Martin Blackledge, Institut de Biologie Structurale Jean - Pierre Ebel (Grenoble, France)
  • Rafael Bruschweiler, Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL, USA)
  • G. Marius Clore, NIH (Bethesda, MD, USA)
  • Francesco Gervasio, CNIO (Madrid, Spain)
  • Lila Gierasch, University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA, USA)
  • Christian Griesinger, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Göttingen, Germany)
  • Bert de Groot, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Göttingen, Germany)
  • Dorothee Kern, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA, USA)
  • Kresten Lindorff-Larsen, DE Shaw Research (NY, USA)
  • Frans Mulder, University of Groningen (Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Ruth Nussinov, Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv, Israel) and NCI (Bethesda, MD, USA)
  • Modesto Orozco, BSC and IRB Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Arthur G. Palmer, Columbia University (NY, USA)
  • Ben Schuler, University of Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland)