Abstract Guidelines (Oral / Posters)


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Conference Dinner

There will be a conference dinner on the evening of Monday, September 7. The cost is £35 per head (including wine). If you wish to attend, you must pre-book. You can reserve and pay for your ticket when you register.

If you have already registered and now wish to attend the dinner, please email to check whether there are any places available.

Provisional Programme

Key Times


Registration commences:

10.00 on Monday September 7

Opening session:

10.30 on Monday September 7

Conference closes:

16.10 on Tuesday September 8

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RSC Young Researcher Poster Prize

The Protein & Peptide Science Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry have kindly sponsored a Young Researcher Poster Prize of £100 open to all student and post-doc poster authors.

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Monday, September 7

10:00 Registration / Coffee & Tea / Exhibition
10:30 Welcome: Prof. Brian Austen, St. George's University of London 
  Session 1: Structure, Function & Synthesis of AMPs
10:40 Structure, synthesis & mechanism of antimicrobial peptides from bacteria
  John Vederas, University of Alberta, Canada
11:10 Modes of action of highly efficient Lantibiotics
  Eefjan Breukink, Utrecht University, The Netherlands 
11:40 Semi-synthetic lipopeptide antibiotics with activity against drug-resistant
bacteria including MRSA and VRE
  Nathaniel Martin, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
12:10 Activity analysis of the antimicrobial peptide myxinidin from hagfish Myxine glutinosa L. and its analogue
  Lucia Lombardi, II University of Naples, Italy
12:30 Lunch / Exhibition / Posters
  Poster Session
  Poster authors should be in attendance throughout the poster session
  Session 1: Structure, Function & Synthesis of AMPs, continued
13:30 Predicting short AMPs with therapeutic potential and a new method to investigate AMPs
  Kai Hilpert, St. George's University of London, UK
14:00 Proline-rich antimicrobial peptides rely on different bacterial uptake systems and inhibit the bacterial ribosome by at least two alternative mechanisms
  Ralf Hoffmann, University of Leipzig, Germany
14:30 Impact of cell wall components on the efficacy of antimicrobial peptides towards Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria
  Karl Lohner, University of Graz, Austria
15:00 Mode of action studies on synthetic antimicrobial peptides
  Håvard Jenssen, Roskilde University, Denmark
15:30 Coffee & Tea / Exhibition / Posters
15:45 A universal expression system for the biosynthetic production of antimicrobial and antibiofilm peptides
  Hans Vogel, University of Calgary, Canada
16:15 An innovative qPCR based approach for determining the anti-biofilm properties of novel antimicrobials in mixed species biofilms
  Fionnuala Lundy, Queen's University of Belfast, UK
16:45 Microbial flow cytometry – Rapid quantification of AMP activity and mechanism of action
  Neil O'Brien-Simpson, University of Melbourne, Australia
17:15 AMP resistance: an evolutionary perspective
  Jens Rolff, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
17:45 Close of Day 1

Tuesday, September 8

  Session 2: Biomaterials, Membranes & Biophysics
08:45 Visual Analytics for Sequence-Activity Relationships of Antimicrobial Peptides
  Ralf Mikut, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
09:15 Repacking the tyrocidines, self-assembling cyclodecapeptides from Brevibacillus parabrevis, in antimicrobial materials
  Marina Rautenbach, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Bactericidal hydrogels by covalent attachment of stabilized antimicrobial
Robert Liskamp, University of Glasgow, UK

Ultrashort self-assembling peptidomimetic nanomaterials target resistant pathogenic infections
  Garry Laverty, Queen's University of Belfast, UK
10:35 Antimicrobial peptides and membrane protein dynamics
  Michaela Wenzel, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
11:05 Coffee & Tea / Exhibition / Posters
11:20 The role of bacterial membranes in AMP resistance mechanisms: a combined systems biology and biophysics approach
  James Mason, Kings College London, UK
11:40 Investigation of a novel mechanism of action of a cyclic hexapeptide
  Kathi Scheinpflug, Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP),
12:00 Trans-species polymorphism reflects functional conservation in innate immune genes: β-defensin allelic diversity in waterfowl
  Joanne Chapman,Linnaeus University, Sweden
12:20 Endotoxins in extracorporeal blood purification: are AMPs the solution?
  Jens Hartmann, Danube University Krems, Austria
12:40 Lunch / Exhibition / Posters
  Poster Session
  Poster authors should be in attendance throughout the poster session
  Session 3: Therapeutic Applications of AMPs
13:20 Novel peptide anti-infectives
  Deborah O'Neil, Novabiotics, UK
13:50 Boosting AMP production to help treat urinary tract infections
  Judith Hall, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
14:20 Targeting neglected tropical diseases with novel peptides 
  Steven Cobb, University of Durham, UK
14:50 Improvement of the therapeutic potential of the frog skin-derived antimicrobial peptide temporin B against planktonic cells and biofilms of medically relevant bacteria
  Giovanna Batoni, University of Pisa, Italy
15:20 Attachment of pendant antimicrobial peptide chains to novel wound care dressings
  Don Wellings, Spheritech, UK
15:40 HXP124, a plant defensin, rapidly penetrates human nails and is fungicidal to dermatophyte pathogens. 
  Nicole van der Weerden, La Trobe University, Australia
16:00 Session 4: Poster Prize sponsored by the Protein & Peptide Science Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry presented by Prof. Brian Austen
16:10 Close of Meeting