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Provisional Programme

Monday, March 2

13:00 Registration
14:00 Welcome: Rein Ulijn, CUNY, USA & University of Strathclyde, UK
14:15 Keynote lecture: Nanoscience and Bioactivity of Peptides
  Sam Stupp, Northwestern University, USA
15:15 Coffee & Tea / Exhibition / Posters
  Session 1: Peptide Design, Collagens, Coiled Coils & Amyloids
16:45 Title tba
  Jeff Hartgerink, Dept. Chemistry, Rice University, USA
17:15 Collagen and Collagen Toolkits - Perspectives and prospects
  Richard Farndale, University of Cambridge, UK
18:30 Civic Reception, City Chambers  (1 hour)
  Free of charge for registered delegates; no food served

Tuesday, March 3

  Session 1 cont.
08:45 Designable protein assemblies
  Vince Conticello, Department of Chemistry, Emory University, USA
09:15 Rationally designed, de novo peptide building blocks for assembling biomaterials
  Dek Woolfson, Dept. Chemistry, University of Bristol
09:45 Unravelling the structure of amyloid fibrils
  Louise Serpell, University of Sussex, UK
10:15 Amyloid-like Analogs Formed from Arginine/Phenylalanine Oligopeptides
  Emerson da Silva, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
10:30 Coffee & Tea / Exhibition / Posters
  Session 2: Peptide Biomaterials & Tissue Regeneration
11:00 Peptides and proteins as tools to bioengineering hierarchy, spatio-temporal control, and functionality in tissue engineering
  Alvaro Mata, QMUL, UK
11:30 Biomimetic Fibers Made of Recombinant Spidroins with the Same
Toughness as Natural Spider Silk
  Thomas Scheibel, University of Bayreuth, Germany
12:00 Enzyme responsive peptide surfaces for functional cell-material integration
  Mischa Zelzer, University of Nottingham, UK
12:15 Peptide based materials for cell growth and sensing
  Dennis Lowik, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
12:30 Peptide-directed spatial organisation of bioactivity in dynamic and
multifunctional tissue engineering scaffolds
  Lesley Chow, Imperial College, UK
12:45 Lunch / Exhibition / Posters
  Session 3: Peptide Interactions with Materials & Nanomaterials
13:45 Title tba
  Les Miranda, Amgen, USA
14:15 Self-assembly of peptides and nucleotides on monolayer protected gold nanoparticles
  Leonard Prins, University of Padua, Italy
14:45 Peptide Interactions with Inorganic Surfaces: Fundamentals and
  Meital Reches, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
15:15 Eradication of Resistant Biofilm Forming Medical Device Related Pathogens by Ultrashort Self-assembled Peptide Nanomaterials
  Garry Laverty, Queen's University Belfast, UK
15:30 A nano-scale magnetic antimicrobial platform
  Ana Pina, Universidade NOVA Lisboa, Portugal
15:45 Coffee & Tea / Exhibition / Posters
  Session 4: Peptide Hydrogels
16:15 Peptide-based Functional Molecular Hydrogels
  Beatriu Escuder, Universitat Jaume I, Castellon, Spain
16:45 Multicomponent Low Molecular Weight Hydrogels
  Dave Adams, University of Liverpool, UK
17:00 Injectable peptide:glycosaminoglycan hybrid hydrogels and their application
in spinal disc augmentation.
  Danielle Miles, University of Leeds, UK
19:00 Conference Dinner (must be pre-booked)

Wednesday, March 4

  Session 5: Dynamic Peptide Systems & Self-assembly
08:45 From Conformational Dynamics to Control of Redox Reactions
  David Lynn, Emory University, USA
09:15 Systems Chemistry: Self-synthesizing materials and self-replicators from molecular networks of peptides
  Sijbren Otto, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
09:45 Peptide Self-Assembly: From Driving Forces to Design Principles
  Tell Tuttle, University of Strathclyde, UK
10:15 Transient peptide nanostructures
  Charalampos Pappas, University of Strathclyde, UK
10:30 Coffee & Tea / Exhibition / Posters
11:00 Title tba
  Aline Miller, University of Manchester, UK
11:30 Peptide-based materials with tunable morphology and chemical function
  Mibel Aguilar, Monash University, Australia
11:45 β-sheet Peptide Fibrils as Functional Self-Synthesizing Materials
  Gonen Ashkenasy, Ben Gurion University, Israel
12:00 Bioactive Peptides and Their Conjugates: From Nanoscale Self-Assembly, Towards Therapeutics
12:15 Ian Hamley, University of Reading, UK

12:30 Lunch / Exhibition / Posters
  Session 6: Peptide / Polymer Interactions
13:30 Unraveling the Nanostructure and Chain Conformation of Peptide-polymer Conjugates in Solution using Small-angle X-ray Scattering
  Reidar Lund, University of Oslo, Norway
13:45 Peptide-polymer conjugates as compatibilizers for hybrid materials 
  Valeria Samsoninkova, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
14:00 Cost Effective Nanostructured Peptides
  Don Wellings, Spheritech Ltd.
14:15 Hierarchical Structure of Polysaccharide-Peptide Hybrids
  Ronit Bitton, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  Session 7: Peptide Nanostructures for Opto / Electronic Applications
14:30 β-Sheet forming peptides in Bioelectronics
  Nurit Ashkenasy, Ben Gurion University, Israel
15:00 Peptide Flatlandia: New concept peptide monolayers for the accurate positioning of electroactive probes on a gold surface
  Mariano Venanzi, Universit of Roma II, Italy
15:15 Self-Assembly of Peptide Nanostructures onto an Electrode Surface for Nonenzymatic Oxygen Sensing
  Wendel Alves, Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
15:30 Session 8: Poster Prize sponsored by the Protein & Peptide Science Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry
15:45 Close of Meeting


Key Times

Registration commences:

13.00 on Monday March 2nd

Opening session (Sam Stupp):

14.00 on Monday March 2nd

Conference closes:

15.30 on Wednesday March 4th

Conference Dinner

There will be a conference dinner on the evening of Tuesday, March 3. The cost is £30 per head (including wine and soft drinks). If you wish to attend, you must pre-book. You can reserve and pay for your ticket on the Payment page.

Programme Topics

Materials science, soft matter physics, biophysics and chemistry through to biomedical applications of peptide & protein biomaterials.

  • Peptide Design, Collagens & Coiled Coils 
  • Peptide Biomaterials & Tissue Regeneration
  • Peptide Interactions with Materials & Nanomaterials
  • Peptide Nanostructures in Opto/Electronic Applications
  • Dynamic Peptide Systems & Self-assembly
  • Peptide Hydrogels
  • Peptide / Polymer Interactions
  • Peptide and Protein Scaffolds; Nanoparticles
  • Peptide-based Drug Delivery Systems

Abstract Guidelines (Oral / Posters)


The deadline for oral abstracts has now passed

Poster abstract deadline: February 13, 2015

Abstracts for late posters will be accepted up to February 13, 2015 subject to space availability; we hope to be able to accept all relevant posters.


Abstracts should be approx. 200 words (excluding any references) and may be submitted as plain text, Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF. If you wish to include diagrams or figures, these may be embedded in the file, but should also be supplied as separate files in any of the normal graphics formats. If you supply a figure or other image as a bitmap (GIF, JPEG, etc.) please ensure the resolution is sufficient to reproduce adequately at 300dpi.


Abstracts should be sent

Student and PostDoc poster authors are eligible for reduced rate registration fees.

PPSG Young Researcher Poster Prize

The Protein & Peptide Science Group (PPSG) of the Royal Society of Chemistry is kindly sponsoring a Young Researcher Poster Prize of £100. Please indicate when submitting your abstract if you wish to be considered for this prize.

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