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Protons & Membrane Reactions
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

Membrane proteins are responsible for many of the most fascinating and complex reactions characteristic of life, including energy production, sensory perception, ion transport and bioelectricity, cell adhesion and movement, cell recognition and signaling. The goal of the conference “Protons & Membrane Reactions”, since its inception in 1988, has been to bring together scientists studying the structure and function of proteins that transport protons, ions and solutes across lipid membranes, including those who utilize diverse approaches that typically do not exchange ideas. The truly interdisciplinary character of the participants in this conference make it unusually exciting and effective. Contributing disciplines include: chemistry, biophysics, structural biology, electrophysiology, protein biochemistry, photobiology, bioenergetics, theoretical /computational approaches, molecular dynamics, protein electrostatics, bioinformatics and homology modeling of membrane proteins.

The 2006 meeting was a special occasion in that 2006 represents the 200th anniversary of the publication by the Finnish scientist, Grotthuss, of his theory of how the elements of water might dissociate and travel in solution to electrodes. The amazing advances in high resolution structure of membrane proteins and the powerful computational approaches to studying them, came together to create an exceptionally stimulating meeting of minds.

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Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2014 Protons & Membrane Reactions
Connecting Membrane Protein Function with Structure
Feb 23-28 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Stephen H. White
2012 Protons & Membrane Reactions Feb 19-24 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Marilyn Gunner
2009 Protons & Membrane Reactions Feb 22-27 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Peter Brzezinski
2006 Protons & Membrane Reactions Feb 26 - Mar 3 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Shelagh M. Ferguson-Miller
2003 Protons & Membrane Reactions Feb 23-28 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Colin A. Wraight
2000 Protons & Membrane Reactions Feb 20-25 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Robert H. Fillingame
1997 Protons & Membrane Reactions Feb 23-28 Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express Terry A. Krulwich
1994 Protons & Membrane Reactions Jan 30 - Feb 4 Ventura Beach Marriott Steve Scheiner
1991 Protons & Membrane Reactions Feb 4-8 Ventura Beach Marriott Janos K. Lanyi
1988 Protons & Membrane Reactions Feb 1-5 Ventura Beach Marriott David W. Deamer
1985 Protons & Membrane Reactions Jan 28 - Feb 1 Miramar Hotel Lester Packer
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