"Hands-On" Workshop on Computational Biophysics

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"Hands-On" Workshop on Computational Biophysics

"Hands-On" Workshop on Computatinal Biophysics
July 6-10 & August 10-14, 2009, Champaign, IL
Application Deadline: May 3, 2009
The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, NIH Resource for Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics (www.ks.uiuc.edu) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (www.uiuc.edu), will organize a "'Hands-On' Workshop on Computational Biophysics" to be held at the following dates and location:
* July 6 to July 10, 2009 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, Illinois
* August 10 to August 14, 2009 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, Illinois
The workshop will explore physical models and computational approaches used for the simulation of biological systems and the investigation of their function at an atomic level. The course will be based on case studies including the properties of membranes and membrane proteins, mechanisms of molecular motors, trafficking in the living cell through water and ion channels, and signaling pathways. Relevant physical concepts, mathematical techniques, and computational methods will be introduced, including force fields and algorithms used in molecular modeling, molecular dynamics simulations on parallel computers and steered molecular dynamics simulations.
The workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in computational and/or biophysical fields who seek to extend their research skills to include computational and theoretical expertise, as well as other researchers interested in theoretical and computational biophysics. Theory sessions in the morning will be followed by hands-on computer labs in the afternoon in which participants will be able to set up and run simulations.
Applications to the workshop are due by May 3, 2009. Selection and notification of participants from the application pool will be completed by May 13, 2009. Those selected to attend must register and pay a workshop fee by May 23, 2009. The base registration fee is $200 for students, $300 for non-student academics, and $400 for all other applicants. Double-occupancy housing and all course materials are included in the fee. All participants are required to bring their own laptop for use in workshop tutorial sessions. The workshop can neither fund nor arrange participant travel.
Due to space and equipment constraints, each workshop is limited to 20 participants. For further information, and online application, please visit the appropriate sites for each date:
* July 6-10 workshop: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Training/Workshop/Champaign09J/
* August 10-14 workshop: http://www.ks.uiuc.edu/Training/Workshop/Champaign09A/
Workshop Organizers e-mail contacts by date:
 * July 6-10 workshop: workshop+champaign09J@ks.uiuc.edu
* August 10-14 workshop: workshop+champaign09A@ks.uiuc.edu