Our webpage: www.iccmp.br

December 1st – 5th, 2008



Bechara Kachar (NIH, Bethesda, USA)

H. Moyses Nussenzveig (Department of Physics, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Oscar N. Mesquita (Department of Physics, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

Molecular motors are proteins that have essential roles in all steps of cell metabolism and development. With the help of optical tweezers, their properties have been studied and also their functioning mechanism, in many cases within the space of a single molecule.

The Workshop goal is to present mini-courses and seminars about the physics and biology of molecular motores, study methods and relationship with cellular activity, especially motility, as well as the most recents results in this particular area.


We ask all participants and speakers to fill-up the
online form. The deadline for applications will be November 23rd, 2008. The deadline fr applying for financial support is November 16th, 2008.

Application fees:


Coffee break and lunch: R$ 100,00

Coffee break, lunch and conference dinner: R$ 160,00

Professors and Doctors

Coffee break and lunch: R$ 200,00
Coffee break, lunch and conference dinner: R$ 260,00

Lodging, Food and Transportation

The Workshop promoters will provide transportation to the participants and speakers in the route hotel-ICCMP-hotel. Transportation to the restaurant will also be provided. More information will be delivered later on.

Invited Speakers and their Speeches:

Albert Libchaber (Laboratory of Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, The Rockefeller University, New York, USA): “Origins of Life”.

Bechara Kachar (NIH, Bethesda, USA): “Mechano-Sensory Transduction”.

H. Moysés Nussenzveig (Department of Physics, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): “Membrane Nanotubes” and “Absolute Calibration of Optical Tweezers – Theory”.

Jonathon Howard (University of Technology, Dresden, Germany): “Mechanics of
Motor Proteins”.

Justin Molloy (National Institute for Medical Research, London, United Kingdom): “Optical Tweezers and Motor Proteins”.

Jacques Prost (Institute of Curie, Paris, France): “Active Gels and Cytoskeleton Dynamics”.

Julie Theriot (Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University Medical School, Palo Alto, USA): “Cell Motility”.

Oscar N. Mesquita (Department of Physics, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, Brazil):
“Defocusing Microscopy and Applications”.

Ana Claudia Vargas

International Center for Condensed Matter Physics/UnB – Brasília/DF – Brazil

Phone Number: 61 3307-2571 Extension: 12