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Course in protein structure and drug design at LU 18-19 January 2016

Take the opportunity to learn more about protein structure and drug design during a two-day 1 ECTS course at Lund University 18-19 January 2016! Participants will gain deeper understanding and hands-on knowledge about protein-ligand interactions, compound docking and structures in drug design.

Overview of course content:

Day 1
Lecture: Protein-ligand interactions and drug design. Structure-based drug design (SBDD): Hit identification, hit optimisation lead generation
Tutorial: In silico screening and compound docking

Day 2
Lecture: Structural aspect of protein synthesis inhibition by antibiotics
Tutorial: Assessment and analysis of docking results

Link to additional information and registration

Deadline for registration: 1 December, 2015

Please visit for general information on protein structures.

Networking opportunity at the Helmholtz Centre in Germany 10 December!

The National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics (NDPIA) collaborates with Helmholtz International Graduate School for Infection Research (HZI Graduate School) and NDPIA participants are invited to the HZI Graduate School PhD and ESR Symposium 10 December, 2015 (ESR = Early Stage Researcher: HZI postdocs at most two years after PhD graduation). At the symposium all participants will present either a poster or a talk.

Link to symposium flyer.

A maximum of 10 NDPIA participants can join this year’s symposium. Therefore, applications to participate in the symposium should be made via as soon as possible (deadline 8 November).

The symposium and accommodation in Braunschweig 9-11 December is free of charge and co-funding of travel costs is guaranteed for the 10 selected NDPIA participants.

Information about HZI Graduate School and the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research via the NDPIA web page.

Please take this opportunity to extend your scientific network!

Jobs/fellowships announced via!

If you are looking for a postdoc position or a fellowship, please visit our new page Jobs/fellowships listing vacancies at institutes/organizations focusing on infection biology. Also announcements of separate specific positions are included. No e-mail alerts will be sent when new vacancies are posted, so please make a habit of visiting our new job opportunities page if you are looking for a new position.

Related to this, if you change your status from PhD student to postdoc or from postdoc to another position, please inform about this, facilitating keeping accurate records of NDPIA participants.

Free EBI bioinformatics modules at UmU 10-12/17-19 November, registration deadline 26 Oct

In collaboration with the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) the National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics (NDPIA) will offer a number of bioinformatics modules 10-12 and 17-19 of November 2015. The modules will be taught at Umeå University by EBI staff and members of NDPIA are offered to participate for free. Non-NDPIA applicants can be considered if the modules are not fully subscribed (also without charge).

Half-day training modules (10-12 November):

  1. Introduction to databases at EMBL-EBI
  2. Protein sequence databases
  3. Protein function and classification
  4. Introduction to sequence searching at EMBL-EBI
  5. Standards and ontologies
  6. Interactions & pathways

Full-day training modules (17-19 November):

  1. Protein structures and tools from the PDBe
  2. Ensembl Genomes
  3. ArrayExpress / Expression Atlas

Link to schedule and information about the modules via EMBL-EBI.

Deadline for registration: 26 October 2015

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Successful meeting on infections and antibiotics in Umeå 3-6 September

The international conference NSCMID 2015 with focus on infections and antibiotics was held in Umeå 4-6 September 2015. The meeting featured high profile speakers providing basic as well as clinical research perspectives. Two pre-event workshops were held 3 September: the Meet the Experts workshop and a mini course in epidemiology. Altogether more than 100 posters were presented. It was gratifying to note that about half of all 170 participants of the National Doctoral Programme in Infections and Antibiotics (NDPIA) and several international partners of NDPIA had accepted the offer of free participation at NSCMID 2015 on behalf of NDPIA. Of these, more than ten were chosen to present their abstracts orally and delivered high quality presentations. Also a vast majority of NDPIA members participated in the appreciated Meet the Experts sessions where nine different experts introduced specific topics and led parallel group discussions around topic related issues of interests to participants.

NSCMID 2015 discussionNSCMID 2015 poster discussions

The conference was organized by the Nordic Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (NSCMID) in collaboration with Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR), the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) and our NDPIA programme. The meeting was also supported by a grant from the Infections and Antibiotics programme of the Swedish Research Council to MIMS.