Programme & Abstracts

Provisional Timetable

Sunday, September 2

Registration: 14:00 - 16:00

Plenary session: 16:00

Tuesday, September 4

Close of meeting: 17:00

Outline Scientific Programme

Design, synthesis and mechanism of action of AMPs / HDPs

Margaret Brimble, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Synthesis of Antimicrobial Peptides from Nature’s Medicine Chest

Matthew Cooper, University of Queensland, Australia

Optimising amphipathicity to derive efficacious and well tolerated peptide antibiotics

Marc Vendrell, University of Edinburgh, UK

Labelling peptides with activatable fluorophores for live-cell imaging.

Bill Wimley, Tulane University, USA

Synthetic Molecular Evolution of Antimicrobial Peptides

AMPs / HDPs and fertility / reproduction

Julia Dorin, University of Edinburgh, UK

The influence of defensins on sperm function

Kieran Meade, Teagasc, Ireland

β-defensins – at the interface of immunology and reproduction

AMPs / HDPs in immune modulation and Alzheimer’s disease

Annelise Barron, Stanford School of Medicine, USA

Balanced Expression of Yin/Yang Innate Immune Peptides, LL-37 and Aβ, May Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Jennifer Payne, Monash University, Australia

Guardians of immunity- cooperation of HDPs and innate immune cells for the clearance of antibiotic resistant bacteria

Therapeutic Applications of AMPs / HDPs

Victor Nizet, UCSD, USA

Strategies to Boost Endogenous Antimicrobial Peptide Killing of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

Deborah O’Neil, NovaBiotics Ltd., UK

The regulatory and drug development pathway for peptide antimicrobials

Carl N. Kraus, Arrevus, USA

Marketing Authorization of Antimicrobial Peptides: A US Viewpoint

Joel Schneider, NIH CCR, USA

How Cancer Cells Gain Resistance to the Action of Lytic Peptides- A Sweet Story.

Susceptibility Testing of AMPs

Follow-up to the workshop at IMAP 2017


Hot Topics

The Organising Committee welcomes submission of abstracts on topics that may fall outside the categories above but are of great current interest in the field.

Conference Dinner

There will be an optional Conference Dinner on Monday evening, September 3 in the historic surroundings of the Deacon's Suite in Surgeon's Hall.

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Poster Prize

The Protein & Peptide Sciences Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry will sponsor the Poster Prizes at IMAP 2018.

The Poster Competition is open to all student and post-doc poster authors.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now open.


Oral abstracts: June 1, 2018

Poster abstracts: July 20, 2018

Late posters may be accepted, subject to space.

Please download an abstract template from the link below. Your abstract should be submitted by email to Please indicate whether you want your abstract to be considered just for oral presentation, just for poster presentation or for either.

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Rapid Communications

A number of abstracts not considered suitable for full Oral (20 minute) presentation will be selected as Rapid Communications (5 minute presentation with maximum 3 slides).

Programme & Abstracts Book

The Programme & Abstracts book will be available to view online or download.