Recent advances have made cryo-electron microscopy (cryoEM) an important imaging tool for major applications in both medicine and nano-biological research. Researchers can use cryoEM to visualize a broad range of assemblies or nanometer-scale structures at near-atomic resolution and in three dimensions. This imaging method covers a scale range from tens of micrometers to angstroms and provides valuable structural information for numerous scientific disciplines including cell biology, microbiology, medical, biomolecular, molecular, pharmaceutical and materials sciences.
Featuring in-depth talks by leading cryoEM experts and poster presentations by both academic and industrial researchers, this symposium provides a timely venue for highlighting the latest technology developments that are key to nanobiology and nanomedicine applications. Topics range from cryo-sample preparation, high-resolution cryoEM imaging, advances in electron tomography, computational processing and visualization to pharmaceutical and vaccine applications. Developments in these areas will ultimately contribute to major advances in rational drug design, targeted delivery and will lead to biology-inspired nano-machineries.
The program is open to students, faculty and industrial researchers with the expectation that the interactions among attendees will enable new collaborations and help speed-up applications in nanomedicine. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the poster session, which is an integral part of the program.
The symposium is organized by the newly established Electron Imaging Center for Nanomachines (EICN) and will take place on October 2 & 3, 2009 at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Nanomedicine is a top priority at CNSI whose, new 188,000 square foot building is strategically located on the UCLA Campus to facilitate collaborations among faculty from the schools of engineering, physical and life sciences, and medicine. CNSI has established a number of core facilities, including EICN, which houses two of the most advanced electron microscopy instruments - a Titan scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) and a Titan Krios cryo-electron microscope from FEI Company.