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Unconventional protein and membrane trafficking (UPMT) - Lecce Oct 4-7, 2016


Dear colleague,

We would be very happy if you can contribute to the new independent meeting to be held from 4 to 7 October 2016 in Lecce (Italy) on “Unconventional protein and membrane trafficking” (UPMT) -

UPMT is now looking for speakers and proposals for possible mini-workshops.

To differentiate from the well-established vesicle trafficking pathways, the focus of this meeting is on heterogeneous mechanisms, collectively named "unconventional protein secretion". These processes cover major biological problems, such as cell-to-cell communication, tumorigenesis, tissue remodelling, inflammation, host-pathogen interactions, lipid metabolism. The underlying mechanisms are still subject to intense investigations and the UPMT meeting will provide a dynamic forum for discussion of these topics.

A panel of 22 scientists ( internationally recognised for their expertise in microbiology, plant and animal biology and human health have combined forces to develop an open comparative approach to tackling these questions in this meeting.

The venue ( is an extremely attractive tourist destination, and the cost of the attending this meeting is also quite reasonably priced. The independent UPMT organizing committee has worked hard to provide an optimal environment for this scientific meeting at a very low cost.

On the website ( you will find a very preliminary program, and the organizing and scientific committee now invites you to consider participating in this meeting.

The preliminary program for this conference has 2 key areas focused on "cell biology of unconventional membranes and proteins traffic" and "trafficking mechanisms for cell to cell or host-pathogen interactions or stress adaptation", but will expand on different topics such as: Extracellular vesicles; Endo-lysosomal/vacuolar system; Innate immunity and inflammation, Tubules and karmellae formation; Host-pathogen interactions through membranes; autophagy-dependent traffic; FGF2 dependent pathway etc.

The UPMT committee is interested in hearing more about your current research, and if you would be interested in giving a talk that would fit in one of the tracks listed above. If you are interested in presenting or chairing a session in any of the areas listed in the conference synopsis or if you would like to propose a new UPMT topic, then please let us know. The committee will evaluate your proposed presentation and get back in touch with you.

The UPMT Committee

Surname Name Country Topic and model organisms
Bellucci Michele IT Plant traffic/Biotechnology
Blatt Mike UK Plant traffic and membrane biology
Brough David UK Inflammation response to infection and injury.
Bucci Cecilia IT Endocytotic pathway
Chanda Anindya USA Fungi. Toxins compartmentation
De Marchis Francesca IT Plant unconventional protein secretion (UPS)
Di Sansebastiano Gian Pietro IT Plant ER to vacuole unconventional traffic
Eissa Tony USA Innate immunity and inflammation
Gaballo Antonio IT Cellular bioenergetics
Goring Daphne R. CA Plant signaling
Ferramosca Alessandra IT Import into mitochondria.
Hicks Glenn USA Plant vacuole
Jiang Liwen HK Plant unconventional protein secretion (UPS)
Jones Alex UK Plant proteomics
Malhotra Vivek ES unconventional protein secretion (UPS), human GRASP proteins
Mouille Gregory FR Plant secretion
Nickel Walter DE UPS, mammalian cells.
Pompa Andrea IT Plant unconventional protein secretion (UPS)
Schipper Kerstin DE Microbiology
Verderio Claudia IT Neuron. UPS. Extracellular Membrane Vesicles
Zarsky Viktor CZ plant (exocyst autophagy)
Pallotta Maria Teresa IT Experimental Medicine

by: Gabriele Bucci - Last Updated: Nov 03, 2015 (12:27)

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