Press briefing - Sunday 30 August from 13:30 - 15:00 CET in Room M
The official press conference for The EMBO Meeting features the following presentations:
Kenneth Holmes, Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg, in the opening Special Lecture of The EMBO Meeting celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of one of the most significant breakthroughs in the history of molecular biology: the solving of the protein structure of myoglobin using X-ray crystallography by John Kendrew and Max Perutz. This ability to determine the structure of proteins is, along with DNA sequencing, one of the two pillars on which modern molecular biology is built, and Prof Holmes revisits this exciting development and the many breakthroughs that have followed.
Pascale Cossart, Institut Pasteur, Paris discussing the 'perfect storm' of societal, environmental and historical factors that make us now, more than ever, susceptible to pandemic infections. Referencing her own research into the listeria pathogen and the current H1N1 influenza pandemic, Dr Cossart argues that there can be no complacency in the fight against infectious disease.
Stem cell roundtable - Tuesday 1 September from 13:30 - 15:00 CET in the Press Room
Stem cell roundtable exclusively for science journalists and writers
The session will examine current leading edge theory and research in the field of stem cells, and look ahead to what we might expect from the coming decades. Participants include Hans Clevers, Rudolf Jaenisch, Austin Smith and Fiona Watt, and all speakers at both media sessions are available for interview on request. The roundtable is available by conference call for journalists off site (dial-in details will follow).