Scientific program

The purpose of the summer school is to bring together scientists from different backgrounds (physics, physical and organic chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, engineering, medicine and industry) interested in different aspects of interactions of biomaterials with biological and model membranes.

Topics
  • Phospholipid bilayer theory and computer modelling
  • Synthetic polymers for cross-membrane delivery
  • Supported lipid bilayers and Langmuir monolayers
  • Bioinspired Polymers, Bioengineering and Biotechnology
  • Lipid vesicles
  • Phase separated bilayer domains
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Nanotoxicology and cancer therapy
  • Biostabilisation and cell preservation
  • Regenerative medicine
Taormina

Schedule

First week



24 July

Friday

25 July

Saturday

26 July

Sunday

27 July

Monday

9:00-10:00

Vladimir Baulin

Welcome from Coordinator


SNAL project Description by


Marco Werner, Yachong Guo, Adrien Berthault, Berardo Manzi, Anna Orlowska, Andre Dias

Fabrice Thalmann - Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg


Dynamics of lipid membranes: how to determine a self-diffusion coefficient?



Krish Mahbubani - Cambridge University, Cambridge


Brainstorming

Session I




30 minutes talk on the value of creativity in structured research followed by brainstorming activity.

Mark Schmutz - Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg


Introduction to Electron Microscopy in Soft Matter

10:00-11:00

James Kirkpatrick - Institute of Pathology, Mainz


Studying nanostructure interaction with living systems

James Kirkpatrick - Institute of Pathology, Mainz


Studying nanostructure interaction with specific barriers using in vitro systems

Jens-Uwe Sommer - Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden, Germany


Theory of polymers at interfaces


11:00-11:30

Break

Break

Break

Break

11:30-12:30

Wolfgang Parak - University of Marburg


Interaction of nanoparticles with cells based on the physicochemcial properties of the particles

Xavier Le Guevel - Andalusian Centre for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology, BIONAND, Malaga

Use of nanoparticles for the modulation of immune responses

Krish Mahbubani - Cambridge University, Cambridge


Brainstorming

Session II


Elena Ivanova - Swinburne University, Melbourne

Microbiology and antibacterial materials

12:30-13:00

Krish Mahbubani - Cambridge University


Continuous design: An engineering solution to limitations of batch production

Daniela Ciumac - Manchester University


Theoretical analysis of surface monolayers measurements

Shiqi Wang - Imperial College London


Biomimetic polymer synthesis

13:00-14:00

Poster session

Poster session

Adrien Berthault - Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona


How to study self-assembled structures using single chain mean field theory


14:00-16:00

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

16:00-17:00

Practical session

Xavier Le Guevel

Andalusian Centre for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology, BIONAND, Malaga


Hands on nanoparticle synthesis and imaging

Practical Session

Fabrice Thalmann - Strasbourg


Brownian motion and diffusion, fluorescence techniques, spectroscopies

Brainstorming

Session II



Discussion

Session

Practical session

Anna Orlowska and Andre Dias - Frankfurt

17:00-18:00

Practical session

Xavier Le Guevel

Andalusian Centre for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology, BIONAND, Malaga


Hands on nanoparticle synthesis and imaging

Practical Session

Elena Ivanova - Melbourne


Approaching microbiology


Practical session

Anna Orlowska and Andre Dias - Frankfurt

18:00-

Free Time & Dinner

Free Time & Dinner

Free Time & Dinner

Free Time & Dinner


Second week



28 July

Tuesday

29 July

Wednesday

30 July

Thursday

31 July

Friday

01 August

Saturday

02 August

Sunday

9:00-10:00

Rongjun Chen - Imperial College London

Polymers in Drug Delivery and Therapy

Kevin Ward - Biopharma


Freeze-drying techniques and applications I

Kevin Ward - Biopharma


Freeze-drying techniques and applications II

Eva Sevcsik - University of Vienna

Lipid rafts - From model membranes to live cells

David Mainwaring - Swinburne University, Melbourne

Immobilization and transport in micro- and nano-particle delivery  systems



Excursion to

Mount Etna


and social activity

10:00-11:00

John Seddon - Imperial College London

Phase separated bilayer domains

Jian Lu - Manchester University

Surface monolayers as models for different cell types and implications to bactericidal actions

Nigel Slater - Cambridge University


Bioinspired design of nanovaccines

Karen Martinez - University of Copenhagen

High aspect ratio nanostuctures and living cells I

Karen Martinez - University of Copenhagen

High aspect ratio nanostuctures and living cells II

11:00-11:30

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

11:30-12:30

Fernando Bresme - Imperial College London


Nanoparticles at fluid interfaces


Elena Ivanova - Swinburne University, Melbourne

Bacterial interactions with anti-microbial materials

Carlos Marques - Institut Charles Sadron



Lipids: where all those names come from?

Carlos Marques - Institut Charles Sadron



Challenges in Giant Vesicle formation

Domenico Lombardo - Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici, Messina

Nanoparticles Interaction from Scattering Experiments

12:30-13:00

Anna Orlowska - Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt


Biological response to biomaterials

Alex Chen - University of Cambridge


The Basics of Chemical Syntheses

Mattia Morandi - Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg 
Confocal microscopy as a for quantitative fluorescence analysis
Martin Stefanic - Biopharma Preservation of living cells for long-term storage 

Andre Dias - Universitätsklinikum Frankfurt


Basic concepts of Bioimage Analysis


13:00-13:30

Berardo Mario Manzi - Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona


Molecular Dynamics approach to inspect surface adhesion properties

Anna Sofia Tascini - Imperial College London


Atomistic Molecular Dynamic Simulation and the importance of the force field description

Monika Kluzek - Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg


Microcalorimetry as a tool to study membrane/nanoparticle interactions

Chanfei Su - Institut für Polymerforschung, Dresden, Germany


Why are coarse-grained models useful: Coarse-grained vs atomistic models for simulating biological membranes

Ankush Checkervarty - Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden, Germany


Bond fluctuation model - application and uses

13:30-16:00

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

16:00-17:00

Practical session

Jens-Uwe Sommer, Marco Werner - Dresden

Introduction to Computer simulations

Practical session

Kevin Ward - Biopharma


Cell preservation techniques

Practical session

Jian Lu - Manchester


Langmuir trough experiments

Practical Session

Eva Sevcsik - University of Vienna



Super-resolution microscopy methods

Practical session

Carlos Marques - Strasbourg


Planning vesicle formation and manipulation

17:00-18:00

Practical session

Jens-Uwe Sommer, Marco Werner - Dresden


Introduction to Computer simulations

Practical session

Kevin Ward - Biopharma


Cell preservation techniques

Practical session

Jian Lu - Manchester


Neutron data analysis

Science Quiz

Animated by

Ankush Checkervarty - Dresden

and 

Berardo Mario Manzi - Tarragona

Practical session

Carlos Marques - Strasbourg


Planning vesicle formation and manipulation

18:00-

Free Time & Dinner

Free Time & Dinner

Free Time & Dinner

Free Time & Dinner

Free Time & Dinner

Free Time & Dinner



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