The Erling Seeberg Symposium on DNA Repair is organized in Ålesund and Geiranger, Norway, from 20 to 25 June 2009. Magnar Bjørås, Arne Klungland and Torbjørn Rognes - group leaders from the Institute of Microbiology and the CMBN - play central roles in the organizing commitee. They are very happy to announce that many distinguished speakers will participate.
(from the symposium web page:)
The main scientific focus of this meeting is on DNA repair mechanisms and mutagenesis. Most mutagenic and carcinogenic agents induce covalent changes in the structure of the DNA and living organisms have evolved a large number of gene functions specifically designed to repair or tolerate such alterations without loss of viability or development of disease. DNA repair mechanisms are probably the most important cellular protection against the development of cancer and are also essential for living cells to survive in an environment that would otherwise cause unacceptable mutation frequencies.
The importance of DNA repair for normal life existence has been verified by discoveries of coupling between transcription and repair, by association between DNA repair and cell- cycle checkpoints, and by identification of nucleotide excision and mismatch repair genes being essential for prevention of cancer and neurological disease in man.
Topics for the meeting include mutagenic DNA processing, translesion synthesis, DNA damage and repair as therapeutic target, DNA repair and aging, DNA repair and chromatin remodeling/structure, triplet expansion and repair, and cancer.