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Symposia Topics and Chairs

The Biochemistry Global Summit (the IUBMB–FEBS–PABMB Congress 2022) will present latest findings in a broad spectrum of timely topics in the fields of molecular life sciences, ranging from fundamental subjects and approaches to applied research with impact on human well-being and technological development. The 36 Symposia are loosely arranged into the broader themes set out below for easy browsing; click on each bar to reveal the individual Symposia.

Leading researchers have been invited as the main speakers for each Symposium, and you can see the speaker names by clicking on the button positioned top right of each Symposium description. As is the tradition at FEBS Congresses, each Symposium is normally chaired by one expert in the field from outside the host country (to be added later), and one from the host country.

Nearer the time of the event, 'short talk' speakers will be selected on the basis of submitted abstracts to join the invited speakers in each Symposium.

Molecular Medicine

Molecular medicine is a broad field, usually associated with the description of molecular structures and mechanisms, identifying the basis of disease and developing multidisciplinary molecular strategies to go beyond it. Lack of biochemical homogeneity in a population leads, under the realm of molecular medicine, to personalized medicine, which is in the core of future medicine and pharmacology.


The main categories of this session are cancer and metastasis, neurodegeneration, diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular diseases and ageing.

Molecular Medicine I

Cancer and Metastasis
10/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
José M García Pichel José M García Pichel (ES)
Centro de Investigación Biomédica de la Rioja
Molecular Medicine II

Neurodegeneration
11/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Dora Brites Dora Brites (PT)
Research Institute for Medicines, Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa
Molecular Medicine III

Diabetes and Obesity
12/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Paula Macedo Paula Macedo (PT)
NOVA, Medical School, Universidade de Lisboa
Molecular Medicine IV

Cardiovascular diseases
13/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Flávio Reis Flávio Reis (PT)
Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research, Universidade de Coimbra
Molecular Medicine V

Ageing
14/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
João Laranjinha João Laranjinha (PT)
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Coimbra

Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome

This session explores the details of molecular mechanisms and physiological processes of microorganisms, at subcellular level, including possible utilization in the development of biotechnology products and medicine, such as vaccines or antibiotics. This is certainly a growing trend in modern drug development.


This session includes the themes of host–pathogen interactions, looking for new antibiotics, molecular evolution, and microbial metabolism and human microbiome.

Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome I

Host–pathogen interactions
10/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Leda Quercia Vieira Leda Quercia Vieira (BR)
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome II

Looking for new antibiotics
11/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Ana Salomé Veiga Ana Salomé Veiga (PT)
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa
Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome III

Molecular evolution
12/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Nuno Taveira Nuno Taveira (PT)
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa
Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome IV

Microbial metabolism
13/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Inês Cardoso Pereira Inês Cardoso Pereira (PT)
ITQB Nova, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Molecular Microbiology and Microbiome V

Human Microbiome
14/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Bárbara Rocha Bárbara Rocha (PT)
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Coimbra

Cellular Biochemistry Regulation

Molecular-level events occurring in living beings are extremely complex, yet they translate to highly regulated functionalities at the cellular and physiological levels. The session on cellular biochemistry regulation is focused on the analysis of all processes that concur to orchestrate dynamics inside cells and between different cells.

The session comprises studies of cell division and cell cycle regulation, apoptosis, molecular immunology, and cell signalling and cell–cell recognition.

Cellular biochemistry regulation I

Cell division and cell cycle regulation
10/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Mariana Pinho Mariana Pinho (PT)
Laboratory of Bacterial Cell Biology, ITQB - Univ NOVA
Cellular biochemistry regulation II

Apoptosis
11/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Cecilia Rodrigues Cecilia Rodrigues (PT)
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa
Cellular biochemistry regulation III

Molecular immunology
12/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Bruno Silva-Santos Bruno Silva-Santos (PT)
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa
Cellular biochemistry regulation IV

Cell signalling
13/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Vitor Costa Vitor Costa (PT)
Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Universidade do Porto
Cellular biochemistry regulation V

Cell–cell recognition
14/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Francisco Ambrósio Francisco Ambrósio (PT)
Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Coimbra

Readdressing the Molecules of Life

It is part of early scientific education that all organisms have four main families of organic molecules in their composition: carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids. While the fundamentals of these families are well established, the recent advancements in spectroscopy and bioimaging techniques, such as CryoEM and Atomic Force Microscopy, shed light on aspects never realized before. It is time to readdress the molecules of life and “relearn” biochemistry.


This session revisits saccharides, lipids, proteins, DNA and RNA, and metabolism and metabolic regulation.

Readdressing the molecules of life I

Proteins
10/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Maria João Romão Maria João Romão (PT)
NOVA, School of Science and Technology
Readdressing the molecules of life II

Lipids
11/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Manuel Prieto Manuel Prieto (PT)
iBB - Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Universidade de Lisboa
Readdressing the molecules of life III

Saccharides
12/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Amelia Pilar Rauter Amelia Pilar Rauter (PT)
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Readdressing the molecules of life IV

DNA and RNA
13/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Maria Carmo-Fonseca Maria Carmo-Fonseca (PT)
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa
Readdressing the molecules of life V

Metabolism and metabolic regulation
14/07/2022
09:00 – 11:00h
Fernando Antunes Fernando Antunes (PT)
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa

Bioeconomy and Sustainability

This exciting session embraces the foundations and scientific developments underlying the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into value-added products, such as food or bio-based products, paving the way to long-term sustainability.


Special emphasis is given to the fields of food and nutrition in biochemistry, sensors and nanotechnology, and synthetic biology.

Bioeconomy and sustainability I

Food and nutrition in Biochemistry
10/07/2022
16:00 – 18:00h
Victor Freitas Victor Freitas (PT)
Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto
Bioeconomy and sustainability II

Sensors and nanotechnology
11/07/2022
16:00 – 18:00h
João Pedro Conde João Pedro Conde (PT)
Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon
Bioeconomy and sustainability III

Synthetic Biology
13/07/2022
16:00 – 18:00h
TBA TBA
TBA TBA

Simulation meets Experiments

Biochemical simulation has evolved at extremely high pace, following the developments in IT technology and Data Science. Wet biochemistry at the lab bench has experienced a rapid development, unveiling the details of molecular structure and molecular interactions. The time scale reached by biochemical simulations now overlaps with the time scale reached by ultrafast techniques in the labs. Moreover, the degree of complexity of molecular interactions of simulation techniques overlaps with instrumental laboratory approaches. There is a brave new world where simulation and experiment meet.


This session embraces the most recent and innovative data obtained in genomics, proteomics, and systems biology fields.

Simulation meets experiments I

Genomics
10/07/2022
16:00 – 18:00h
Claudio Sunkel Claudio Sunkel (PT)
ICBAS - Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar
Simulation meets experiments II

Proteomics
11/07/2022
16:00 – 18:00h
Claudio Soares Claudio Soares (PT)
ITQB Nova
Simulation meets experiments III

Systems Biology
13/07/2022
16:00 – 18:00h
Armindo Salvador Armindo Salvador (PT)
Universidade de Coimbra

Bioimaging

Imaging techniques revolutionized the field of cell biology enabling the visualisation of intracellular processes at molecular level in all cell compartments, contributing to unravelling of the dynamics of subcellular structures and molecular interactions.


This session covers the forefront of atomic and molecular imaging, cellular imaging, and quantitative analysis of bioimages.

Bioimaging I

Atomic and molecular imaging
10/07/2022
16:00 – 18:00h
Nuno Santos Nuno Santos (PT)
Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa
Bioimaging II

Cellular Imaging
11/07/2022
16:00 – 18:00h
José Rino José Rino (PT)
Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa
Bioimaging III

Quantitative analysis of bioimages
13/07/2022
16:00 – 18:00h
Luisa Cortes Luisa Cortes (PT)
Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Universidade de Coimbra