May 4–5, 2021 | Virtual

PDB50

A special symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Protein Data Bank

May 4–5, 2021

PDB50 will mark an important milestone in the history of structural biology. In 1971, the structural biology community established the single worldwide archive for macromolecular structure data — the Protein Data Bank (PDB). From its inception, the PDB has embraced a culture of open access, leading to its widespread use by the research community. PDB data are used by hundreds of data resources and millions of users exploring fundamental biology, energy and biomedicine.

Structural biology and structural bioinformatics have had an enormous impact on our understanding of the mechanism and function of biological macromolecules. The PDB acts as a custodian for all these data, representing a repository of the vast majority of the achievements and milestones of the structural biology community. The archive is managed by the Worldwide Protein Data Bank consortium (wwPDB) of partner sites in Asia, Europe and America.

This celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Protein Data Bank as the first open access digital data resource in biology will include presentations from speakers from around the world who have made tremendous advances in structural biology and bioinformatics. Students and postdoctoral fellows are especially encouraged to attend and will be eligible for poster awards.

The online sessions will take place between 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST each day.

The event will be recorded and made available to registered participants after the meeting.

Important dates

March 15
11:59 p.m. PST
Abstract deadline
March 15
11:59 p.m. PST
Early registration deadline
May 1
11:59 p.m. PST
Regular registration deadline

Speakers will include:

  • Edward Arnold, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Helen M. Berman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and University of Southern California
  • Thomas L. Blundell, University of Cambridge
  • Alexandre M. J. J. Bonvin, Utrecht University
  • Stephen K. Burley, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and University of California, San Diego
  • Wah Chiu, Stanford University
  • Johann Deisenhofer, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Juli Feigon, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Angela Gronenborn, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jennifer L. Martin, University of Wollongong
  • Stephen L. Mayo, California Institute of Technology
  • Zihe Rao, ShanghaiTech University and Tsinghua University
  • Hao Wu, Boston Children's Hospital

Sponsorships

Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact the wwPDB Foundation for more information.

PDB50

Organizers

  • Celia Schiffer, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Helen M. Berman, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; RCSB PDB
  • Stephen K. Burley, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; RCSB PDB
  • Jeffrey C. Hoch, University of Connecticut; BMRB
  • Gerard J. Kleywegt, European Bioinformatics Institute; PDBe
  • Genji Kurisu, Osaka University; PDBj
  • John L. Markley, University of Wisconsin–Madison; BMRB
  • Sameer Velankar, European Bioinformatics Institute; PDBe
  • Christine Zardecki, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; RCSB PDB

Acknowledgement: Illustration by David S. Goodsell, The Scripps Research Institute. doi: 10.2210/rcsb_pdb/goodsell-gallery-003

This illustration shows a cross-section through the blood, with blood serum in the upper half and a red blood cell in the lower half. In the serum, look for Y-shaped antibodies, long thin fibrinogen molecules (in light red) and many small albumin proteins. The large UFO-shaped objects are low density lipoprotein and the six-armed protein is complement C1. The red blood cell is filled with hemoglobin, in red. The cell membrane, in purple, is braced on the inner surface by long spectrin chains connected at one end to a small segment of actin filament.

Registration

Registered participants will receive a link to access the virtual platform three days prior to the event date.

Register now
Registration type Early registration
(before March 16)
Full-price registration
(on/after March 16)
Student $15 $25
Postdoc $50 $60
Faculty $100 $110
Industry $150 $160

Abstracts

A poster session and exhibition will be held from 1–3 p.m. each day.

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Abstract submission guidelines

  • Designate only ONE presenting author.
  • Abstract title field allows a 200 character maximum.
  • Abstract body field allows for a 350 word count maximum.
  • Plain text may be typed directly into the text field. To retain special characters and formatting, such as bold and italics, we recommend that you copy and paste text from a Word document.

Programming notifications

  • Abstract programming notifications will be sent by email on April 2.
  • Programming notification will include date and time of presentation.

All presenters must register by March 16.

How to submit an abstract

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