Seventy-six biophysicsts and biochemists gathered at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, on June 10 for the first symposium of the Membrane Protein Club, which was one of the Biophysical Society’s 2013 networking events. BPS member Martin Picard, along with a few colleagues, organized the symposium which brought together scientists from the Great Paris area to discuss the recent advances in the field of structural and functional analysis of membrane proteins.
Organized into five sessions, the program featured guest speakers on the following topics: NMR, crystallography, electron microscopy, spectroscopic, and photonic imaging. Speakers presented the news and issues on his or her area of expertise. Attendees were informed of the advances of the X-ray free laser, solid state NMR/ in vivo NMR, application of mass spectrometry to the study of membrane proteins, super resolution microscopy, and direct detection camera for electron microscopy.
Picard was quite happy with the collegial nature of the event and the quality of the talks. The following advances in the field in particular, attracted their attention:
- X-ray free laser;
- Solid state NMR / in vivo NMR;
- Application of mass spectrometry to the study of membrane proteins;
- Super resolution microscopy; and
- Direct detection camera for electron microscopy.
Picard says the group plans to have a follow-up symposium in 2014.