Chambery Meeting - April 1998



                     Division de Chimie Physique
                     Societe Francaise de Chimie
                    CHAMBERY, 20 to 24 April 1998
                       COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY
                        AND THE LIVING WORLD:
                      FROM SEQUENCE TO FUNCTION
                         A European meeting
                 of the Division de Chimie Physique
                       Chambery, French Alps,
                        20 to 24 April 1998
                      organized jointly with:
            BUNSEN-GESELLSCHAFT fuer Physicalische-Chemie
                 DIVISIONE DI CHIMICA FISICA (SCI)
                      FARADAY DIVISION (RSC)
                 SOCIETE FRANCAISE DE BIOPHYSIQUE
                          FIRST CIRCULAR
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                  COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY AND THE
                          LIVING WORLD:
                     FROM SEQUENCE TO FUNCTION
 The results of the genome projects are expected to lead to a scientific
 revolution  in the beginning  of the next century.  The exploitation of
 the genetic information will require an understanding  of the relation-
 ships between sequence,  structure and function.  Both theory and expe-
 riment are expected to play major roles in obtaining this understanding
 The meeting at Chambery will focus on the role of computational chemis-
 try in the  activity sparked  by the genome results.  How can numerical
 calculation help us  to understand  and exploit genome sequences ?  How
 can modelling and simulation  help in  understanding how amino-acid se-
 quences  are translated into  three-dimensional  biological structures,
 the  functional interactions  of these structures and the effect of en-
 gineered modifications ? Practical and pharmaceutical applications will
 also be adressed.  A famous example of `rational' structure  based drug
 design is the very recent  development of HIV  protease inhibitors  for
 the treatment of AIDS.
 MAIN TOPICS
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 The meeting will be organized into three themes:
 1 - Sequence analysis: the impact of genome sequencing projects will be
     assessed,  genome organization discussed  and the access and direct
     exploitation  of sequence data reviewed.  Evolutionary analysis  of
     sequences will be examined, together with the classification of se-
     quences in terms of structure.
 2 - Biomolecular structure and folding: experimental techniques capable
     of probing  macromolecular structure  will be discussed in relation
     to theoretical/computational techniques predicting protein structu-
     res from sequence.  Our undersatnding  of the principles of protein
     folding will be examined: the factors determining their thermodyna-
     mic stability  and kinetic  folding pathways.  Modelling of protein
     structure by homology and with energy functions,  the `inverse fol-
     ding' problems  and techniques  for global energy optimization will
     be discussed. Nucleic acid sequence-structure relationships will be
     examined.
 3 - Functional interactions of biomolecules: calculation of binding mo-
     des and reaction mechanisms will be  explored together with methods
     of calculating  free energy changes associated with biological pro-
     cesses.  The modelling and simulation of  ordered biomolecular sys-
     tems will  be reviewed.  Dynamic processes  in biological  function
     will be examined from  picosecond events  to slower  domain motions
     and allosteric phenomena.
 ORGANIZATION
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 The meeting  will be over five days  and will consist of 45 minutes and
 15 minutes lectures, poster sessions and informal discussion.  Research
 into the chemistry  and biological macromolecules requires close coope-
 ration between theorists  and experimentalists,  and scientists of both
 fields are welcome.  The aim of the meeting  is to emphasize  the broad
 complementarity  between theory  and experiment  in the lectures rather
 than specialized discussion of theoretical methodology.  Industrial re-
 searchers working on these problems will also be invited to speak.
 The meeting is expected  to be of interest  to researchers in all bran-
 ches of  computational chemistry,  as well as structural  and molecular
 biologists and biochemists.
 The meeting will be held in Chambery in the Savoie region of the French
 Alps. The proceedings will be published.
 INVITED LECTURES
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 The following scientists have already accepted to give invited lectures
 - Prof. David Chandled (University of California, Berkeley)
 - Dr. Cyrus Chothia (Cambridge University)
 - Prof. Chris Dobson (Oxford University)
 - Prof. Manfred Sippl (Graz)
 - Prof. Wilfred van Gunsteren (ETH, Zuerich)
 - Prof. Harel Weinstein (Mnt. Sinai, New York)
 - Prof. Eric Westhoff (Strasbourg)
 - Prof. Michael Hecht (Princeton University)
 - Prof. Eugene Shakhnovitch (Harvard University)
 - Prof. Klaus Schulten (University of Illinois)
 CONTRIBUTIONS
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 Title + 200-350 words abstract (typed on a single page)
 Deadline 31 October 1997 to be submitted to:
                  Division de Chimie Physique / SFC
             Computational Chemistry and the Living World
                    Laboratoire de Chmie Physique
                       11, rue P. et M. Curie
                            75005 Paris
 INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
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 Dr. J.C. Smith (CEA Saclay) - Chairman, Dr. R. Botter (DCP Paris) - Se-
 cretary,  Prof. J. Brickmann (TH Darmstadt),  Dr. C. Chipot (U. Nancy),
 Prof. J.E. Dubois (U. Paris VII), Dr. J. Garnier (INRA Jouy,  NIH Beth-
 seda),  Prof. M. Karplus  (U.  Strasbourg,  Harvard U.),  Dr. R. Lavery
 (IBPC Paris),  Prof. B. Maigret (U. Nancy),  Prof. G. Richards  (Oxford
 U.), Dr. E. Soulie (CEA Saclay), Prof. J. Tomasi (U. Pisa), Dr. C. Tro-
 yanowsky (DCP Paris).
 INFORMATION
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 From R. Botter, at above address
 Phone: 01-44-27-62-70
 Fax  : 01-44-27-62-23
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                     Division de Chimie Physique
                     Societe Francaise de Chimie
                       COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY
                        AND THE LIVING WORLD:
                      FROM SEQUENCE TO FUNCTION
                         A European meeting
                 of the Division de Chimie Physique
                       Chambery, French Alps,
                        20 to 24 April 1998
                      jointly organized with
                    DBG, DCF/SCI, FD/RSC, SFB
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                   by 31.8.1997 at the following address:
                     Division de Chimie Physique / SFC
                Computational Chemistry and the Living World
                       Laboratoire de Chmie Physique
                          11, rue P. et M. Curie
                               75005 Paris
                          Phone: 01-44-27-62-70
                          Fax  : 01-44-27-62-23
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