Jaroslav Koča Memorial Colloquium on Computational and Structural Biology

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A one-day colloquium is organized in memory of our esteemed colleague and one of the NCBR and CEITEC fathers, Professor Jaroslav Koča, who unexpectedly passed away on July 2, 2021. Jaroslav was the President of the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR), the Emeritus Scientific Director of the CEITEC Consortium, and the Director of the National Centre for Biomolecular Research at the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University. Lectures and contributions by invited speakers will bring back memories of Jaroslav’s tenure and will present the latest scientific findings in structural and computational biology.

WHEN:                        Tuesday, November 30, 2021

WHERE:                      Hotel Continental Brno

Organizers:                Vladimír Sklenář, Michaela Wimmerová

Main contacts:          Veronika Papoušková, Šárka Fajtlová


9:30–10:00 Registration, small refreshment

Ceremonial Section:
Martin Bareš, Rector of Masaryk University
Tomáš Kašparovský, Dean of Faculty of Science MU
Jiří Nantl, Director of CEITEC MU
Radim Vrba, Director of CEITEC BUT - CANCELLED
Eva Molíková, International office of GA CR
Jiří Vondrášek, Head of ELIXIR CZ
Jan Slovák, Head of Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science MU
Vladimír Sklenář, Co-founder of NCBR

11:00–11:10 Break
11:10–12:25 Serge Perez: Cicadas Will Continue to Sing for Jarek
Søren Engelsen: The CICADA’s are singing for Jarek
Anne Imberty: The Brno-Grenoble Journey in Bacterial Lectin Structures and Dynamics
Frederique Lisacek: The Contribution of Structural Bioinformatics to Glycoinformatics
12:25–13:30 Lunch
13:30–15:00 Stanislav Kozmon: What We Have Learned on the Carbohydrate – Receptor Interactions
Igor Tvaroška: Glycosyltransferases as targets for therapeutic Intervention in Cancer and Inflammation: Molecular Modeling Insights - CANCELLED
Jiří Šponer: The Fascinating World of Nucleic Acids
Richard Štefl: Integrative Structural Biology of RNA Polymerase II Condensates
Lukáš Trantírek: Nucleic Acids in-cell NMR: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities
15:00–15:20 Break
15:20–16:50 Sameer Velenkar: PDBe Knowledge Base - Making Structural Data Accessible
Radka Svobodová: Visualization of Protein Structures in 3D, 2D and 1D
Karel Berka: In Silico Drug Design, Metabolism and Delivery under the Influence of Prof. Koča
Luděk Matyska: Czech National Data Infrastructure
Michal Čajan: From QM calculations to sugar production: what I gained from LCC
16:50–17:10 Break
17:10–18:40 Petr Kulhánek: Mechanical Properties of Canonical and Mismatched DNAs and Their Impact on Mismatch Discrimination
Robert Vácha: How to Transport Amphiphilic Molecules in Cells – Taking Advantage of Transmembrane Proteins
Johan Åqvist: Computer Simulations of the Temperature Dependence of Enzyme Reactions - CANCELLED
Robert Woods: The Role of Spike Protein Glycosylation in Modulating SARS-CoV-2 Antigenicity and Adhesion
Ruben Abagyan: Designing Molecules with a Target Profile
19:00 Gala Dinner

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30. 11. 2021, 09:30 - 19:00
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Michaela Wimmerová, Vladimír Sklenář


Hotel Continental Brno
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