Dear Colleagues: We are delighted to announce that the 5th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Supramolecular Assemblies by Hybrid Methods will be held from March 10-14, 2010 in Lake Tahoe, California at the Granlibakken Conference Center. We invite you to visit our Symposium website at: http://www.hybridmethods2010.com/index.html, register for the Symposium, submit an abstract, encourage all other interested parties to attend, and display the enclosed meeting poster.
This Symposium builds on a series of very successful previous meetings on the same theme from 2004-2008. As in previous years, the overall goal is to illustrate the power of combining state of the art methods to tackle important and challenging biological problems and to identify limitations and gaps in currently practiced hybrid methods. The central premise is that gaining a comprehensive understanding of the highly sophisticated machines, complexes, and organelles of the cell requires the coordinated application of a number of complementary biophysical approaches (hybrid methods). New innovations at the 2010 meeting will include a special workshop on "Harnessing Different Wavelengths of Electromagnetic Radiation", which will feature the rapidly developing fields of subdiffraction light microscopy and other emerging imaging techniques (e.g., X-ray tomography), as well as new advances within more "traditional" hybrid approaches such as the interfaces between electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography, and computational biology. Featured topics will also include other biophysical methods, proteomics and cell biology. The meeting will be divided into seven Scientific Sessions and one Special Methods Workshop Session I: Hybrid Approaches to Macromolecular Filaments Session II: Hybrid Approaches to Membrane Complexes Session III: Hybrid Approaches to Dynamic Assemblies Session IV: Computational Approaches to Hybrid Analyses Session V: Hybrid Approaches to Global Analyses Session VI: Hybrid Approaches to Cell Biology Session VII: Hybrid Approaches to Nanomachines Special Methods Workshop: Harnessing Different Wavelengths of Electromagnetic Radiation We are fortunate to have recruited two outstanding Keynote Speakers: Stephen C. Harrison (Harvard) and Thomas D. Pollard (Yale), as well as a great program of platform speakers who utilize multiple approaches to investigate a variety of complex biological systems. Additional platform speakers and all of the speakers for the Special Methods Workshop will be selected from submitted abstracts. Sincerely yours, The Organizing Committee: Wes Sundquist, Chair, Phoebe Stewart, Co-Chair, Dorit Hanein, Nobutaka Hirokawa, Felix Rey, Alasdair Steven, and Bill Weis. Rachel Bookman, Conference Secretariat.