Workshop on "Allosteric mechanisms of signal transduction : molecular & atomic considerations"
This workshop was organized by Pr. Palmer Taylor, dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UC San Diego with the help of Pr. Jean-Pierre Changeux and the support of the Skaggs Foundation and the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States. The morning session was dedicated to scientific talks by seven researchers working on topics with direct or supposed links to allostery, a molecular phenomenon described by Pr. Changeux during his Ph.D. studies. In addition, a poster session was held during lunch break and the afternoon was dedicated to short talks and discussions, chaired by Pr. Changeux.
Jean-Pierre Changeux (Institut Pasteur, Collège de France), Palmer Taylor (UCSD), Tracy Handel (UCSD), Ray Stevens (The Scripps Research Institute), Brian Kobilka (Stanford), Susan Taylor (UCSD) and Rama Ranganathan (UT-Southwestern) successively presented their works on fields such as molecular design in pharmacy, study of chemokines, G-Protein Coupled Receptors, kinases or Protein Topography. These talks were of excellent quality and triggered numerous and interesting discussions and exchanges. The event format and the presence of specialists in several different fields constituted an excellent work environment and favored the emergence of new ideas on current issues. "Pluridisciplinarity" was one of the keywords and the main strength of this event.