The Australian Society for Biophysics Satellite meeting

Membrane Transporters & Channels & Their Role In Human Disease

6th December 2012

Old Main Building Room 145, Kensington Campus, UNSW

Sponsored by

The Australian Society for Biophysics
Mathematics & Statistics, UNSW

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8.00-8.40 Registration
08.45-9.30 Plenary
Chair: Richard Callaghan
08.40-08.45 Opening remarks and welcome
08.45-09.30 Peter Henderson
Structure and mechanism of the Mhp1 membrane transport protein
09.30-10.45 Session 1
Transporters/channels in human disease

Chair: Megan O'Mara
09.30-09.55 Ingrid Gelissen
Species variation and regulation of the ABCG1 cholesterol transporter
09.55-10.20 Stefan Broer
Investigating the mystery of glutamine transport in cancer cells
10.20-10.50 Coffee Break
10.50-13.20 Session 2
Transporters/channels in prokaryotic infectious diseases

Chair: Christopher McDevitt
10.50-11.15 Kiaran Kirk
An ion pump in the malaria parasite as the target of a new generation of antimalarials
11.15-11.40 Megan Maher
"The Molecular Mechanism of the Ferrous Iron Transporter, FeoB."
11.40-12.05 Melissa Brown
Recognition patterns of multidrug binding proteins
12.05-12.30 Ian Paulsen
Investigating the function of novel bacterial drug efflux pumps
12.30-12.55 Daniela Stock
Structure and Dynamics of Biological Rotary Motors
12.55-13.20 Rapid Fire Presentations
Jane Carland
Oleoyl L-Carnitine Inhibits Glycine Transport by GLYT2
Karl Hassan
Functional roles of efflux systems in Acinetobacter baumannii
Leana Cheung
Identification of MRP4 inhibitors using a novel bioluminescence screen
Steve Fairweather
The Role of Tryptophan 143 in Collectrin's Interactions with the SLC6 Amino Acid Transporters
Penelope Dalla
The Sub-Cellular Trafficking of Microparticle Cargo
Amanda Scopelliti
Molecular determinants for functional differences between neutral and acidic amino acid transporters of the Solute Carrier Family 1A
13.20-15.00 Lunch Break & Poster Session
15.00-15.40 Session 3
Selected short talks

Chair: Richard Callaghan
15:00-15.20 Miranda Ween
The ins and outs of the Mn(II)-substrate binding protein PsaA from Streptococcus pneumoniae
15.20-15.40Adele Lehane
Altered amino acid profiles in malaria parasites expressing different isoforms of the Chloroquine Resistance Transporter
15.40-17.00 Session 4
Transporters/channels in cancer

Chair: Richard Callaghan
15.40-16.05 Mary Bebawy
A Novel Cellular Pathway Limiting Anticancer Drug Delivery to Cancer Cells
16.05-16.30 Thomas Stockner
The ATP-bound state of P-glycoprotein is closed towards the cell exterior.
16.30-16.55 Alice Rothnie
Detergent free purification of ABC transporters
16.55-17.00 Closing remarks
17.00- Drinks and Nibbles

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The conference is hosted by the School of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of New South Wales. The main UNSW campus is located in Sydney's eastern suburb of Kensington, close to Coogee Beach . A map of the Kensington campus is available. The School of Mathematics and Statistics is located in the centre wing of Red Centre (building H13 on the campus map).

The workshop will take place in lecture theatre OMB-145, in the Old Main Building (building K15 on the campus map).

Internet and computer access

UNSW has eduroam to provide free wireless access to visitors whose home institutions also have eduroam. For more information on eduroam, see or Check with your home institution to find out whether they belong to the eduroam network, and for instructions on how to set up eduroam on your laptop. (This depends on your home institution and not UNSW, so it is recommended that you set up eduroam before travelling to Sydney.)

Travel to Sydney

If travelling to Sydney from overseas then you will arrive at Sydney's Kingsford Smith International airport. Sydney is very well connected to the rest of the world, with direct flights from most countries. The airport is about 8km away from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) or the city.

From the airport, if you are heading to UNSW then you could take a taxi. The journey will last 15 to 20 minutes and should cost around $35. All taxis are licenced and all journeys are metered. Alternatively, the route 400 bus from the airport to Bondi Junction travels up Anzac Parade and stops opposite UNSW. The bus takes about 40 minutes and costs about $3.

Warning: if you are travelling from UNSW to the airport, note that not every 400 bus goes to the airport. Please check the timetable carefully and if in doubt, ask the driver before you get on.

If you wish to go to the city from the airport, the Airport Link train runs regularly and takes about 15 minutes to reach Central Station. From there you can take the City Circle train to all central destinations.

Most people from within Australia who do not live in Sydney will also arrive by air, at Sydney's domestic terminal. The directions given above also apply for domestic arrivals.

Travel around Sydney

Sydney has an extensive public transport network involving trains, buses and ferries. There is a lot of information on the Transport Infoline website.

If travelling with a group of people, a taxi could be an affordable alternative. These can be hailed in the street or ordered by telephone.

Travelling to the University of New South Wales on public transport will involve getting on a bus. (UNSW does not lie on a rail line.) More information on this is given below. Some Sydney bus routes are PrePay Only at all times, and all bus stops in Sydney's central business district are PrePay Only between 7am and 7pm on weekdays. If you will be catching buses while in Sydney then you should consider buying a MyBus Travel Ten ticket. This ticket gives you ten bus tickets for a discounted price. A MyBus 2 ticket covers the journey from Central Station to UNSW and a MyBus 3 ticket covers the journey from Circular Quay to UNSW, or from the airport to UNSW. You can also get a MyMulti ticket which gives you unlimited travel on all buses, trains and ferries for a day, a week or more. MyBus and MyMulti tickets are available from most convenience stores and newsagents. More information on bus tickets is available from the Sydney Buses website.

Travel to UNSW

The University of New South Wales lies on several bus lines. From Central Station catch the 891 Express bus or routes 391, 393 or 395. These depart from Eddy Avenue and stop at UNSW Kensington Campus. The journey takes around 15 minutes on the express and around 25 minutes on the other routes, depending on traffic.

From Circular Quay catch the 392, 394, 396, 397, 399 or L94 to UNSW Kensington Campus. The journey should take around 30 minutes.

From Coogee Beach take the M50 or 370. These stop at Gate 9 of UNSW, on High St. After about 8pm, there is no direct bus from Coogee to Randwick, but you can catch the 372, 373 or X73 to Randwick and then walk down the hill to UNSW.

From Bondi Junction take the 400 which passes UNSW on its way to the airport.

Parking is restricted on the UNSW Kensington campus, with only a limited number of Pay and Display parking spaces available for those without a UNSW parking permit.