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There will be a full programme of talks and posters based around three main themes:

• Complex model systems and mechanistic studies
• Biofilms and Implant Coatings
• Aspects towards the development of novel therapeutics




DAY 1 Mon 29th Sept.  
08:00 Registration  
09:00 Welcome Address  
Session 1: Model Studies Title
09:15 ISP-1 (30 + 5) Erwin London (Stony Brook University, New York, US) Novel model membrane systems for defining lipid-peptide interaction
09:50 ST-1 (15 + 5) Robert Vacha (Masaryk University, Brno, CZ) Double-belt, a novel structure of a membrane pore
10:10 ST-2 (15 + 5) Alexander Jilek (University of Vienna, A) aDrs, an anionic peptide from frog skin
10:30 Coffee & Tea  
11:00 ISP-2 (30 + 5) Thomas Gutsmann (Research Center Borstel, D) Interaction Between Host Defence Peptides and Mycobacteria
11:35 ISP-3 (30 + 5) William F. Walkenhorst ( Loyola University, New Orleans, US) The effect of pH, ionic strength, and specific ions on AMP activity
12:10 ST-3 (15 + 5) Nermina Malanovic (University of Graz, A) Interaction of OP-145, a derivative of human cathelicidin LL-37, with bacterial plasma and cell wall components: impact of secondary structure and aggregation state
12:30 Lunch  
13:00 Poster Session  
Session 1 cont.:    
14:30 ISP-4 (30 + 5) Burkhard Bechinger (University of Strasbourg, F) On the membrane interactions of antimicrobial peptides
15:05 ISP-5 (30 + 5) Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US) Atomic View of Oligomerization, Membrane Disruption and Toxicity by Antimicrobial Peptides and Amyloid Peptides
15:40 ST-4 (15 + 5) Niels Geudens (Ghent University, B) Membrane interactions of natural cyclic lipodepsipeptides
16:00 Coffee & Tea  
16:30 ISP-6 (30 + 5) Marco Scocchi (University of Trieste, I) On the mode of action of the proline-rich peptide Bac7
17:05 ISP-7 (30 + 5) Gerard Wong (University of California Los Angeles, US) AMPs in infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases
17:40 ST-5 (15 + 5) Gabriela Eggiman (Durham University, UK) Developing new anti-infective peptide-mimetics
18:00 ST-6 (15 + 5) Vladimir Frecer (Comenius University, Bratislava, SK) Mechanistic quantitative structure-activity relationships and rational design of antimicrobial peptides
DAY 2 Tue 30th Sept.  
Session 2: Biofilms and Implant Coatings  
09:00 ISP-8 (30 + 5) Sebastian Zaat (Amsterdam, NL) BALI beating biofilms
09:35 ISP-9 (30 + 5) Guillermo Martinez de Tejada (Pamplona, E) Antimicrobial activity of synthetic peptides and lipopeptides derived from lactoferricin against Pseudomonas
10:10 ST-7 (15 + 5) Malgorzata Dawgul (Medical University of Gdansk, P) Influence of lipopeptides with two fatty acid chains on bacterial biofilm
10:30 Coffee & Tea  
11:00 ISP-10 (30 + 5) Karin Thevissen (Catholic University of Leuven, B) Synergistic activity of peptides and common antifungal drugs on biofilms
11:35 ST-8 (15-5) Sona Kucharikova (Catholic University of Leuven, B) Novel class of peptides derived from a protein sequence of Candida albicans Als3 reduced attachment to plastic, mature biofilm development, adhesion and invasion to human epithelial cell lines
11:55 ST-9 (15 + 5) Yoo Jin Oh (Johannes Kepler University Linz, A) Characterizing the curli fimbriae on living bacterial surfaces using scanning probe microscopy and single molecular force spectroscopy
12:15 Lunch  
13:00 Poster Session  
Session 3: Towards Application  
14:00 ISP-11 (30 + 5) Ralf Hoffmann (University of Leipzig, D) Insect-derived proline-rich antimicrobial peptides: Novel protein targets and transport mechanisms
14:35 ST-10 (15 + 5) Luzia Holfeld (University of Leipzig, D) Pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of the proline-rich antimicrobial peptide Onc72
14:55 ST-11 (15 + 5) Anna Piras (University of Pisa, I) Chitosan nanoparticles for the linear release of cationic antimicrobial peptides
15:15 ST-12 (15 + 5) Edwin Veldhuizen (Utrecht University, NL) In ovo administration of the chicken cathelicidin peptide analog DCATH-2 protects against bacterial infection in young broilers
15:35 ISP-12 (30 + 5) Kai Hilpert (St. George’s University of London, GB) Optimizing the therapeutic potential of short antimicrobial peptides
16:10 Fairwell Address with Coffee & Tea    
ISP, invited speakers; ST, selected short talks