9th Annual Biomarkers Congress
PINEAL CELL BIOLOGY
Il Ciocco Hotel and Resort

Lucca (Barga), Italy
http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2008&program=pineal

Schedule of Presentations:

Sunday, April 20, 2008
16:00:00 Arrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm)
18:00:00 Dinner
19:15:00 Welcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff and GRC
19:25:00 Opening remarks
19:25:00 Discussion
19:25:00 REGULATION OF PINEAL MELATONIN SYNTHESIS - NEW TWISTS IN AN OLD STORY
19:35:00 Twist and Turns in AANAT Evolution Steve Coon
19:55:00 Histone modifications and Aa-nat gene expression Anthony K. Ho
20:15:00 Discussion
20:30:00 KEYNOTE TALK I
20:30:00 Discussion Elizabeth Maywood
20:30:00 Opening remarks
20:40:00 The Global Nature of the Daily Rhythms in Rodent Pineal Gene Expression
21:20:00 Discussion
Monday, April 21, 2008
07:30:00 Breakfast
09:00:00 MELATONIN RECEPTORS - WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?
09:00:00 Discussion David R. Weaver
09:00:00 Opening remarks
09:05:00 Regulation of the melatonin receptors by associated protein complexes Ralf Jockers
09:25:00 Melatonin binding site MT3 is QR2: facts and consequences Jean Boutin
09:45:00 Discussion
10:00:00 Coffee Break / Group Photo
10:30:00 Melatonin and melatonin receptors: how do they cope together in the brain? Benoît Malpaux
10:50:00 Discussion
11:00:00 Developmental plasticity of melatonin receptor expression Jonathan Johnston
11:20:00 Discussion
11:30:00 Phase-shifting and sleep-promoting effects of melatonin and its analogues shantha rajaratnam
11:50:00 Discussion
12:00:00 TBA
12:20:00 Discussion
12:30:00 Lunch
13:30:00 Free Time
16:00:00 Poster Session I
17:30:00 Discussion Alfred Lewy
17:30:00 Opening remarks
17:30:00 MANAGEMENT OF TIME IN HUMAN CHRONOBIOLOGY
17:40:00 Ageing and nonvisual light responses in humans Debra Skene
18:00:00 Discussion
18:10:00 The role of photic and non-photic time cues on circadian organisation in humans Steven Lockley
18:30:00 Discussion
18:40:00 Physiology and genetics of human daily behaviour - an approach of system biology in human till roenneberg
19:00:00 Discussion
19:10:00 General Discussion
20:00:00 Dinner
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
07:30:00 Breakfast
09:00:00 Opening remarks
09:00:00 Discussion Michael Iuvone
09:00:00 RETINA AND MELATONIN - SEEING THE CLOCK?
09:10:00 Role of melatonin and melatonin receptors in the regulation of retinal circadian rhythms Gianluca Tosini
09:30:00 TBA
09:50:00 Discussion
10:00:00 Coffee Break
10:30:00 Melanopsin - more than just a circadian photopigment Ignacio Provencio
10:50:00 Discussion
11:00:00 VA opsin - more than just a teleost photopigment Russel Foster
11:20:00 Discussion
11:30:00 General Discussion
12:00:00 HOT TOPICS I Carla Green
12:00:00 TBA (selected from among the submitted poster abstracts)
12:10:00 Discussion
12:15:00 TBA (selected from among the submitted poster abstracts)
12:25:00 Discussion
12:30:00 Lunch
13:30:00 Free Time
16:00:00 Poster Session II
17:30:00 Discussion MICHAEL MENAKER
17:30:00 Opening remarks
17:30:00 RHYTHMS IN THE PERIPHERY - THE ROLE OF MELATONIN
17:40:00 Interplay of central, pineal and peripheral clocks and metabolic rhythms Andries Kalsbeek
18:00:00 Discussion
18:10:00 Wrestling with melatonin-dependent transcriptional control David Hazlerigg
18:30:00 Discussion
18:40:00 Controlling seasonal rhythms in mammals: Identification of new genes and pathways in the sheep pars tuberalis
19:00:00 Discussion
19:10:00 General Discussion
20:00:00 Dinner
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
07:30:00 Breakfast
09:00:00 Discussion Horst Werner Korf
09:00:00 Opening remarks
09:00:00 PINEAL REGULATORS DURING EVOLUTION, THROUGH LIFE-SPAN, WITH SEASON, DAY-BY-DAY
09:10:00 Specification of neuronal subtypes in the zebrafish pineal gland Elise Cau
09:30:00 The zebrafish clock sheds light on the mechanism of entrainment Yoav Gothilf
09:50:00 Discussion
10:00:00 Coffee Break
10:30:00 Melatonin synthesis: what make hamsters different?
10:50:00 Discussion
11:00:00 Melatonin receptor localization in the human brain in health and disease Dick Swaab
11:20:00 Discussion
11:30:00 General Discussion
12:00:00 HOT TOPICS II Andrew Loudon
12:00:00 TBA (selected from among the submitted poster abstracts)
12:10:00 Discussion
12:15:00 TBA (selected from among the submitted poster abstracts)
12:25:00 Discussion
12:30:00 Lunch
13:30:00 Free Time
16:00:00 Poster Session III
17:30:00 Opening remarks
17:30:00 Discussion George Brainard
17:30:00 LINKING MELATONIN AND CLOCKS WITH DISEASE AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
17:40:00 Role of Melatonin in Circadian Cancer Prevention David Blask
18:00:00 Discussion
18:10:00 Circadian proteins, ageing and tumorigenesis Marina Antoch
18:30:00 Discussion
18:40:00 Chronic melatonin and light treatment in demented elderly Eus van Someren
19:00:00 Discussion
19:10:00 Business Meeting
20:00:00 Dinner
Thursday, April 24, 2008
07:30:00 Breakfast
09:00:00 THE ROLE OF THE PINEAL IN CLOCKING SEASONAL ADAPTATION
09:00:00 Discussion David Kennaway
09:00:00 Opening remarks
09:10:00 The natural history of photo-exposure and daily and seasonal rhythms in free-living arctic ground squirrels Brian Barnes
09:30:00 Cool clocks Annika Herwig
09:50:00 Discussion
10:00:00 Coffee Break
10:30:00 Melatonin signals and circannual clocks Gerald Lincoln
10:50:00 Discussion
11:00:00 General Discussion
11:10:00 Discussion Martin Zatz
11:10:00 KEYNOTE TALK II
11:10:00 Opening remarks
11:20:00 The Impact of Melatonin on Human Health Josephine Arendt
12:00:00 Discussion
12:10:00 General Discussion
12:30:00 Lunch
13:30:00 Free Time
16:00:00 Poster Session IV
17:30:00 HOT TOPICS III Peter Morgan
17:30:00 TBA (selected from among the submitted poster abstracts)
17:40:00 Discussion
17:45:00 TBA (selected from among the submitted poster abstracts)
17:55:00 Discussion
18:00:00 Opening remarks
18:00:00 KEYNOTE LECTURE
18:15:00 The Ancestral Circadian Clock of Monarch Butterflies: Role in Sun Compass Orientation Steven M. Reppert
19:05:00 Discussion
20:00:00 Dinner
Friday, April 25, 2008
07:30:00 Breakfast
09:00:00 Depart
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