BioCity Symposium shows the invisible – Nobel Laureate Stefan Hell as keynote speaker

The 28thannual BioCity Symposium is organized August 23rd–24th2018 with the title Seeing the invisible. This series of meetings organized since 1991 has become the most important annual meeting in the fields of biosciences and molecular medicine in Turku. The symposium gathers together hundreds of participants each year and offers talks from cutting-edge international researchers.

The BioCity Symposium 2018 “Seeing the Invisible” will show how fundamental cellular, molecular and medical discoveries have been enabled by the broad spectrum of biological and medical techniques that we have available. The symposium spans topics from basic cell biology to immunology, cancer, and neurobiology. The symposium will, through these seminal discoveries, emphasize the evolution and range of biological and medical imaging techniques that continue to bring these innovations to light.

This year’s program consist of 13 talks from international scientists. One of the keynote speakers is Professor Stefan Hell who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014 together with Eric Betzig and William E. Moerner for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. Professor Gillian Griffiths, a renowned immunologist and cell biologist has widely implemented various cutting edge imaging methods, including lattice light sheet microscopy, to study specialized mechanisms of secretion and immunological synapse formation in cytotoxic T cells. Representing the younger generation in the symposium is, for example, Philipp Keller, a neuroscientist who leads an interdisciplinary laboratory and research group, in which optical physicists, computer scientists and biologists collaborate to advance light microscopy and study the development and function of the early nervous system using light-sheet microscopy and computer vision techniques. Professors Gitte Moos Knudsen and Jimmy Bell are utilizing a broad spectrum of different medical imaging technologies to study the mechanisms behind metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

The BioCity Symposium is organized by BioCity Turku, an organization coordinating the research in the fields of biosciences and molecular sciences in Turku region. BioCity Turku has over one hundred research groups with more than thousand scientists and students from University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University.

This year the BioCity Symposium will also feature the new European imaging infrastructure platform Euro-Bioimaging, the headquarters of which will be established in Turku during 2018, coordinating access to the best imaging centers in Europe. Euro-Bioimaging will be the global gateway to the forefront of European biological and medical imaging, including the latest techniques to unravel molecular mechanisms in cells and tissues as well as advanced technologies for medical studies in animals and clinical observations of humans.

Participants of the BioCity Symposium represent different research areas such as molecular biology, cell biology, biomedicine and clinical research from both universities and companies. A significant proportion of attendants are PhD students and post-docs. Researchers are encouraged to participate to the poster exhibition and submit a poster abstract latest 12.6.2018. On the basis of the submitted abstracts we invite four researchers to give a short talk in the symposium. Registration dead-line to the symposium is 10.8.2018 and the event is free of charge.

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