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5th International Symposium

Date: January 7-8, 2012
Place: Todaiji Culture Center (located in the precincts of Todaiji Temple. Address: Suimon-cho 100, Nara, Japan)
Registration fee: Free

Public Lecture: 14:00-15:20, January 8, 2012
Prof. Thomas R. Cech (Colorado University, USA, 1989 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry)
"The Biology, Chemistry and Physics of RNA Nano-machines"

  • The Symposium consists of invited lectures and contributed poster sessions.
  • Prof. Cech's invited talk will be open to the public.
  • Official language: English


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Invited Speakers

Thomas R. Cech (Colorado University, USA, 1989 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry)
Public Lecture
"The Biology, Chemistry and Physics of RNA Nano-machines"
Weontae Lee (Yonsei University, Korea)
"Strcutural Biology of Disease-related Proteins: Structure, Function and Dynamics"
R. J. Dwayne Miller (Centre for Free Electron Laser Science, Germany, and University of Toronto, Canada)
""Making the Molecular Movie": First Frames....Coming Soon with REGAE Musik"
Emanuele Paci (University of Leeds, UK)
"Towards a Description of Fluctuations and Dynamical Changes in Proteins from Molecular Simulation and Experimental Measurements"
Andreas Stadler (Research Center J├╝lich, Germany)
"Macromolecular and Water Dynamics in Red Blood Cells"
François-Xavier Gallat (Institut de Biologie Structurale, France)
"Dynamical Coupling of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins and Their Hydration Water: Comparison to Folded Soluble and Membrane Proteins"
Roland Winter (TU Dortmund University, Germany)
"Using Pressure Perturbation for Studying Conformational and Functional Substates of Proteins"
Akio Kitao (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
"Finding Function-relevant Dynamics in Proteins"
Yoko Matsumoto (Sojo University)
"Membrane-targeted Therapy with Hybrid Liposomes in Relation to Fluctuation and Apoptosis"
Kazuki Terauchi (Ritsumeikan University)
"The Cyanobacterial Circadian Oscillator Composed of Three Kai Proteins"

Young Researchers' Invited Talks

Kumiko Hayashi (Tohoku University)
"Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics for Fluctuations in a Cell"
Kunihiko Ishii (RIKEN)
"Detection of Microsecond Molecular Fluctuations through Fluorescence Lifetime Measurement"
Fumihiro Motojima (Kyoto Sangyo University)
"Chaperonin Changes Protein Folding by Regulation of Hydrophobic Interaction"
Koh Takeuchi (AIST)
"NMR Analysis of Functional Fluctuation in Large Molecular Weight Protein"

Registration and Abstract Submission

Deadline for Registration and Poster Submission: Closed
Deadline for Abstract Upload: Closed

  • Those who wish to make a poster presentation are requested to complete online registration and poster submission by Friday, November 4, 2011.
    Online Registration and Submission:
  • Abstracts must be prepared by using the Word template and submitted as camera-ready PDF files by Friday, November 18, 2011.
    Download Word template.

Poster Presentation

  • All presentations should be prepared in English.
  • Size of the poster board: 90 cm in width and 160 cm in height
  • Pushpins will be available for tacking the posters.
  • Each board is marked with a poster number. Please find your poster number in the List of Posters above.
  • All posters should be put on the boards by 13:30 on Saturday 7th January, and be removed between 12:30 and 15:40 on Sunday 8th January.
  • Poster sessions
    13:40-15:40, January 7—Odd poster numbers (P001, P003, P005...P111)
    10:30-12:30, January 8—Even poster numbers (P002, P004, P006...P110)
    Presenting authors are requested to stay with their posters during the poster session.


Date: 18:40-20:40, Saturday, January 7, 2012
Place: Hotel Nikko Nara
Registration: Please register for the Banquet thorough the Online Registration System by November 4, 2011
Fee: Early registration (by November 4, 2011): Employed 7,000 yen, Student 4,000 yen
On-site registration: Employed 8,000 yen, Student 5,000 yen
Please pay by cash at the Registration Desk of the symposium venue.

Access to the Venue

Todaiji Culture Center is located in the precincts of Todaiji Temple (Address: Suimon-cho 100, Nara, Japan). To Get to Todaiji Temple, you may take a bus from JR Nara Station (8 min.) or Kintetsu Railway Nara Station (4 min.), and get off at "Daibutsuden Kasuga Taisha Mae". You can find the Culture Center at the left hand immediately after entering the South Great Gate, "Nandaimon", of the temple.


No eating or drinking is allowed in the building of the symposium venue. Please take lunch at the nearby restaurants.


Hotels are available near the JR Nara Station, Kintetsu Nara Station and Kintetsu Shin-omiya Station. Please book a room by yourself.


Yuko Fujisawa (Secretary)
Phone: +81-743-72-6100
Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Takayama 8916-5, Ikoma, Nara 630-0192, Japan

Organizer: Prof. Mikio Kataoka (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)