Myofilament Conference

 

Myofilament Meeting

 

The Myofilament Meeting features oral sessions on current controversies and includes an emphasis on poster sessions. The goals are to promote discussion among investigators in the field and to provide a venue for early-career scientists to present their work and interact with established researchers in the field.


Meeting Overview:

With regret, the 2020 Myofilament Meeting has been canceled.  In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Wisconsin has adopted a “social distancing” strategy to mitigate the spread of the virus.  This includes elimination of classroom teaching for the remainder of the semester, prohibition of university-funded faculty and staff travel, and cancellation of all university meetings on or off campus of 50 attendees or more.  While the latter two are in force until April 30, it is expected that the rules will be extended by one to several months beyond this date.  Given the declaration of a pandemic by the WHO and recent travel restrictions, we expect that many will not be willing or able to travel to Madison anytime soon.

While the organizing committee initially planned to reschedule this meeting, Myofilament Form and Function:  Determinants of Sarcomeric Contractility, for June of 2021, they have decided to cancel the meeting in favor of the regularly scheduled meeting in 2022. The committee’s recent decision to hold a meeting in 2021 was based on a then-promising down slope in new COVID-19 cases in the U.S., but that has changed significantly and given rise to even greater uncertainty about the time course of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S, as well as a possible recurrence in the winter. This uncertainty makes it difficult for both the organizers and attendees to plan for the meeting and would likely cause a sharp downturn in participation and a less than critical meeting, if the meeting could be held at all. Putting the health and safety of attendees first, we see this as the wisest course of action.

We are looking forward to renewing the Myofilament Meeting in 2022, which will be announced formally in mid-2021. Meanwhile, stay safe and be well!

For more information, contact:

Amanda L. Rasmussen
Executive Assistant to Richard Moss, Senior Associate Dean of the Office of Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Email: arasmussen4@wisc.edu

(608) 265-0523

 

Conference Sponsors:

 

Myofilament Meeting 

Myofilament Form and Function:  Determinants of Sarcomeric Contractility”

Meeting Overview

The meeting, Myofilament Form and Function:  Determinants of Sarcomeric Contractility, which was to be held in May of 2020 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, was later rescheduled for June 2021. Unfortunately, the 2021 meeting was also canceled in favor of a regularly scheduled meeting in 2022 due to greater uncertainty about the time course of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S, as well as a possible recurrence in the winter.

Plenary Lecture Speakers (2020/2021):

  • Marion Siegman, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Malcolm Irving, King’s College London
  • R. John Solaro, University of Illinois at Chicago

Sessions (2020/2021):

  • Influence of Cellular Microenvironment on Myofibrillar Function
  • Regulation via Thin Filament
  • Regulation via Thick Filament
  • Regulation involving load-dependent signaling at M-line and Z-disc
  • Myofilament Mis-regulation in Disease
  • ECI and Poster Awards Session

Myofilament Meeting

Myofilament Form and Function:  Determinants of Sarcomeric Contractility”

Registration Information

Those who have already registered for the 2020 conference will receive a full refund. No cancellation fees will apply. Please expect delays, as the university has been overburdened with cancellations from other events/conferences as well.

Meeting attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

Online Registration is Now Closed.

We expect registration for the 2022 meeting to open in January 2022.

Myofilament Meeting

Myofilament Form and Function:  Determinants of Sarcomeric Contractility”

Abstract Submission

Please send your abstract (for both ECI and Poster Sessions) electronically to the conference coordinator by the submission deadline. The deadline for the 2022 meeting will be announced in 2021. Please specify if your abstract is for the Early Career Symposium, a Poster Session (see categories below), or both.

All abstracts submitted by junior investigators will be reviewed in advance of the meeting for possible inclusion in the competition for poster awards. Selected abstracts will be judged during the poster sessions on Sunday and Monday, and winners will be expected to give a short oral presentation at the Award Session on Wednesday. Please come prepared with a 5-minute “Data Blitz” presentation in case you are selected for one of the awards for best poster!

Abstracts submitted for consideration at the Early Career Investigators Symposium will be reviewed by the ECI committee in advance and notified via email. Poster Sessions are open to everyone to present, but only one poster per person was allowed.

Awards were given to the top two trainee presenters from the ECI Symposium and to the top six trainee poster presenters from the Sunday and Monday Poster Sessions.

Presenter Information:

  • Our projectors are all HD widescreen format, so presenters should prepare their Powerpoint in the 16:9 format.
  • Posters must fit on boards provided by Monona Terrace that measure 7’7″ wide by 3’8″ tall.

Abstract format requirements:

    • Word document
    • 1 page
    • Arial 11 font
    • 1″ margins
    • Title: Headline style
    • Center title, author(s), and affiliation(s)
    • Full justification for body of abstract

Please indicate which one of the following categories best fits your poster/abstract. Posters must fit on boards provided by Monona Terrace that measure 7’7″ wide by 3’8″ tall.

Categories (choose one):

  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Length Dependent Force Development
  • Regulation & Regulatory Signaling Networks
  • Determinants of Relaxation
  • Elastic Proteins of Muscle
  • Models of Contraction/Regulation
  • Thick/Thin Filament Regulation in Striated Muscle
  • Thick/Thin Filament Structure
  • Myofilament Contribution to Human Diseases

 

Myofilament Meeting

Myofilament Form and Function:  Determinants of Sarcomeric Contractility”

Hotel Information


Hotel Accommodations: Please contact the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace to cancel room reservations for the 2020 meeting. The Hilton has modified their cancellation policies due to coronavirus. Please see their website for more information: Statement from the Hilton.

A group code and booking link for the 2021 conference will be available in December or early January.

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace

Myofilament Meeting

Myofilament Form and Function:  Determinants of Sarcomeric Contractility”

Meeting Logistics

Meeting Program:

    • Meeting Program for 2022 meeting TBD

Presenter Logistics:

  • Our projectors are all HD widescreen format, so presenters should prepare their Powerpoint in the 16:9 format.
  • Posters must fit on boards provided by Monona Terrace that measure 7’7″ wide by 3’8″ tall.

Meeting Organizers:

    • Richard L. Moss, PhD, Professor, Cell and Regenerative Biology (Emeritus); Senior Associate Dean for Basic Research, Biotechnology and Graduate Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • R. John Solaro, PhD, Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus), Department of Physiology & Biophysics, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Pieter de Tombe, PhD, Professor, Physiology & Biophysics, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Brandon J. Biesiadecki, PhD, Associate Professor, Physiology and Cell Biology, The Ohio State University
    • Anthony R. Cammarato, PhD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Information about Madison, Wisconsin

Information about Madison and other topics can be accessed through the following websites:

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Maps to Convention Center & Hotels

 

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

One John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI

Monona Terrace

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Madison Hilton Monona Terrace

9 East Wilson Street, Madison, WI

Madison Hilton Monona Terrace

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Hilton Second Floor Map

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Top of the Park at the Best Western Premier Park Hotel (Location of networking event)

22 S Carroll St, Madison, WI

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Myofilament Meeting (June 19-23, 2021)

Myofilament Form and Function:  Determinants of Sarcomeric Contractility”

Meeting Sponsors

Why Become a Meeting Sponsor?

To bring your company to the forefront of the myofilament community! Becoming a Myofilament Conference sponsor represents an extraordinary opportunity to complement your company’s marketing plan.

    • Build and reinforce name recognition for your company and your products.
    • Added exposure will result in increased foot traffic, enabling your company to have better opportunities for one-on-one experiences with attendees.
    • Show your support for the area of cardiac muscle contraction and the innovative research of its scientists.

All Sponsorships Include:

    • Recognition on signage throughout the Conference
    • Recognition in the Myofilament Conference Program Guide
    • Logo with hyperlink on the front page of the Annual Meeting homepage

Interested? Please contact Amanda Rasmussen (arasmussen4@wisc.edu) for more information.

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Myofilament Meeting 2016

The previous Myofilament Meeting took place June 18-21, 2016 and focused on the structure and function of myofibrillar and cytoskeletal proteins in striated and smooth muscles. The topic of this meeting was: Local and Global Regulatory Networks in Muscle.

Save the Date 2016

Myofilament Meeting 2016 Schedule

Photos from Myofilament Meeting 2016

Plenary Lectures 2016:

Leslie Leinwand

University of Colorado, Boulder

“Myosin Myopathies: Pathogenesis and Therapeutics”

H Lee Sweeney

University of Florida

“Structural and functional insights into the myosin motor mechanism”

Saul Winegrad

University of Pennsylvania

“From Artifact to Essential Protein”

Henk ter Keurs

University of Calgary

“The Actin Filament; Janus Facing Diastole and Systole”

Sessions included the following:

    • Regulation of Contraction beyond Ca2+ Binding to TnC; Richard L. Moss, Moderator
    • Structure and Function of Myofilament Regulation; Michael Regnier, Moderator
    • Myofilament Assembly, Z- and M-Band Proteins; Brenda Russell, Moderator
    • Local and Global Redox Control Mechanisms and Sarcomeric Proteins; R. John Solaro, Moderator
    • Giant Proteins in Health and Disease of Muscle; Henk Granzier, Moderator

 

Conference Sponsors 2016:

    • University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
    • University of Wisconsin-Madison Cardiovascular Research Center
    • University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Cardiovascular Research
    • Aurora Scientific
    • Loyola University Chicago
    • MyoKardia
    • The Journal of General Physiology
    • Cytokinetics

Myofilament Meeting 2018

 

Elastic Domains in Proteins of the Sarcomere: Stressors, Regulators or Rulers? was held in Madison, Wisconsin, beginning Saturday, May 19 and continued through 12:00pm on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. A welcome reception was held Saturday, May 19 starting at 6:30pm at the Monona Terrace.

We welcomed Early Career Investigators to the Early Career Investigator Symposium on Saturday, May 19 from 11:00am – 6:00pm at the Monona Terrace.

Plenary Lecture Speakers:

Malcolm Irving, King’s College London

Katia Kontrogianni-Konstantopoulos, University of Maryland

Kenneth Taylor, Florida State University

Michael Geeves, University of Kent

Sessions:

  • Session I: Regulation by Accessory Proteins; J.-P. Jin, Chair
  • Session II:  Thin Filament Regulation; Corrado Poggesi, Chair
  • Session III: Thick Filament Regulation; Samantha Harris, Chair
  • Session IV: Sarcomeric Proteins and their Effects; Carol Gregorio, Chair
  • Session V: M-band Proteins; Mathias Gautel, Chair

 

 

Conference Sponsors 2018: