Plenary speakers
  • Anthony Watts (Oxford, UK)
  • Bonnie Wallace (University of London, UK)
  • Eduardo Perozo (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Yaakov Levy (Weizmann Institute, Israel)

The XLII Congress of the Brazilian Biophysics Society will have 15 symposia, 4 plenary sessions and 2 poster sessions, as well as opening and closing ceremonies.

The symposia will take place in parallel sessions, in 2 different rooms, and will cover a wide spectrum of experimental and theoretical areas of interest. The invited speakers are both from Brazil and abroad, favoring a fruitful discussion among them and with the Students!

There will be, among the symposia, one dedicated to young talents, with lectures from doctoral students and/or postdocs chosen from the submitted abstracts. Moreover, participants of the ESPCA – on Biophysical Methods to Study Biomolecular Interactions ( are encouraged to participate in the SBBf annual meeting.

Friday – Oct 27th
Time ROOM 1 ROOM 2
8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00-11:00 BioNMR Electrophysiological Approaches to Study the Effects of Natural Products
2 talks from the abstracts 2 talks from the abstracts
Roberto Salinas (USP): NMR studies of domains from the Na+/Ca2+ exchanger Tiago Nascimento (UECE): Effect of the monoterpenoid terpinen-4-ol on neuronal excitability and voltage-dependent Na+ channels
Fabio Almeida (UFRJ): The role of conformational equilibrium in molecular recognition and capsid assembly of flavivirus capsid proteins José Leal Cardoso (UECE): Differences in activities of natural terpenes and terpenoids with small molecular size on kinetic mechanism of Na+ current in peripheral neurons
Christina Redfield (Oxford): Interactions and conformational dynamics of the bacterial oxidoreductase DsbD João Luis Carvalho (Univ.Chicago): Mutagenesis of non-voltage-sensing residues in Kv opens opportunities to study natural products
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:30 Cell Biophysics Biophysical Modeling of the nervous system
2 talks from the abstracts 2 talks from the abstracts
Manuel Prieto (Univ.Lisboa): Modulation of Bax-induced membrane permeabilization by cytoprotective bile acids: A Biophysical study André Fábio Kohn (USP): Multiscale modeling of spinal cord neural circuits for studies of human motor control
Mauricio S. Baptista (USP): Interaction of light with living organism – from biophysics to medicine Adriano Tort (UFRN): Asymmetric codes for space by hippocampal place cells
M. Bispo de Jesus (UNICAMP): Studying nano cell interactions using fluorescence microscopy Christopher Kushmerick (UFMG): Ionotropic actions of metabotropic glutamate receptors
13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:00 The role of extracellular vesicles in biomineralization Modern Methods in Computational Biophysics
José Luis Millan (Burnham): Understanding matrix vesicle biogenesis and function in biomineralization Lucas Bleicher (UFMG): Using genomic data to guide structure-function experiments on proteins
Rene Buchet (Univ.Lyon): Phospholipases and Matrix Vesicle release Antonio Francisco Pereira de Araújo (UnB): From physics to linguistics in protein folding: Learning the language before cracking the code
Massimo Bottini (Univ.Rome): Nanomechanical properties of extracelular vesicles from mineralizing-competent cells Dario Estrin (UBA): Multi scale QM-MM modeling of protein reactivity and spectroscopy
Ana Paula Ramos (USP): Bioactive interfaces designed by Langmuir-Blodgett films Alexander Schug (KIT): Big Data in Structural Biology: Predicting Protein and RNA Structures by inferring residue co-evolution
17:00-17:30 Opening ceremony
17:30-18:30 Opening lecture – Anthony Watts (Univ.Oxford): Multiple spectroscopies for studying the exquisite nature of signaling in biology – exploiting membrane proteins
18:30-20:30 Poster Session
Saturday – Oct 28th
Time ROOM 1 ROOM 2
8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00-11:00 Methods in Biophysics Molecular Modeling and Dynamics
Lucia Bianconi (UFRJ): Protein-ligand interaction investigated by calorimetry Manuela Leal da Silva (INMETRO-RJ): Protein Functional Prediction by Structural Molecular Modeling
Rodrigo Portugal (CNPEM): Reference-free single-particle Cryo-EM structure analysis of Lumbricus terrestris hemoglobin at near-atomic resolution Pedro G. Pascutti (UFRJ): Impact of the Protonation States on Molecular Dynamics of HIV protease
Heloisa N. Bordallo (Univ.Copenhagen): Biophysics in drug development: impact, challenges and opportunities opened by neutron scattering Leandro Martínez (UNICAMP): Structural modeling of protein tertiary structures using distance constraints derived from chemical cross-linking
Robert Janes (Univ.London): Synchrotron Radiation Circular Dichroism a Powerful Technique for Probing Protein Structure and Interactions Claudio Cavasotto (IBioBA): Structure-based design of novel inhibitors targeting protein E form Dengue virus
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Plenary – Yaakov Levy (Weizmann Inst.): The effect of post-translational modifications on protein biophysics
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Biomolecular Interactions Biomembranes
Mario de Oliveira Neto (UNESP): Structure, mechanism and flexibility of Hydrolases Sebastião Mendanha (UFG): Labelling to see: Lipid probes used to study of biomembranes
Fernando Melo (UNESP): Grb2 interacts with Morin and Coumarin: experimental evidence and molecular modeling Shirley Schreier (USP): Study of protein- and peptide-membrane interactions to elucidate the mechanism of action of sea anemone toxins
Paulo M. Bisch (UFRJ): Enzyme Allosteric Effect Driven by Dynamics and Entropy Karin Riske (UNIFESP): Charge-dependent membrane fusion in a pure lipidic system
Eneida de Paula (UNICAMP): Partial solubilization of biological membranes by detergents Maria Angelica Perillo (Univ. Cordoba): PHOSPHOLIPID MONOLAYERS AT THE AIR/WATER AND OIL/WATER INTERFACES: A model for liquid core capsules self-assembled in direct and inverse emulsions
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:30 Protein Dynamics Membrane active molecules
Vitor Barbanti (UNESP): To be annouced  Carlos Alvarez (Univ.Havana): From membrane binding to intracell signaling: cross-talk between the pore-forming toxin StII and cells
Paul Whitford (Northeastern Univ): How proteins can direct ribosome dynamics Eduardo Cilli (UNESP): Effect of dimerization on the mechanism of action of antimicrobial peptides
Carla Mattos (Northeastern Univ): Conformational states in K-Ras, H-Ras and their mutants Teresa Lamy (USP): Structural changes induced by an antimicrobial peptide in anionic model membranes
David Budil (Northeastern Univ): Probing ligand-induced conformational changes in the estrogen receptor by spin labeling Tereza Soares (UFPE): A Computational Perspective on Molecular Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Peptides in Model Membranes
18:30-20:30 Poster Session
20:00-21:00 SBBf General Assembly
Sunday – Oct 29th
Time ROOM 1 ROOM 2
8:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00-11:00 Ion Channels and Transporters Young Scientist Symposium
Demetrius Araújo (UFPB): Effects of natural and synthetic compounds on the voltage-gated ion channels Talks chosen from the abstracts – 8 talks – 5 min. each
Rosana Bassani (UNICAMP): Developmental diferences in Na+ handling in rat ventricular myocytes From the abstracts – YSS
Paulo Beirão (UFMG): Modelling the effects of peptide scorpion toxins on sodium channels From the abstracts – YSS 
Emiliano Medei (UFRJ): Macrophage-dependent IL-1b production induces cardiac arrhythmias in diabetic mice From the abstracts – YSS
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:30 Unstructural Biology/Amyloids/IDPs Nanoparticles
José Luiz Lopes (USP): Challenges in studying Intrinsically Disordered Proteins Gilberto Weissmuller (UFRJ): Development of Novel Pharmaceutical Nanoparticles
Richard Garratt (USP): Septins – assembling a molecular jigsaw Adriana Fontes (UFPE): Quantum Dots: Versatile Nanoprobes in Biophysics
Jerson Silva (UFRJ): Protein Misfolding and Amyloids in Neurodegenerative Diseases and Cancer Ligia N.M. Ribeiro (UNICAMP): Real-time monitoring of the nanoparticles concentration: a mandatory parameter in the physicochemical stability of colloidal systems
Jean-Marie Ruysschaert (FU Brussels): Toll-like receptors-Amyloids interactions Carlota Oliveira (USP): Nanostructures for protein drug delivery
13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-17:00 Closing plenaries
15h Bonnie Wallace (Birkbeck): Voltage-gated Sodium Channels:Structure, Gating and Drug Interactions
16h Eduardo Perozo (Univ.Chicago): On Symmetry and the Conformational Transitions of Ion Channels
17:00-17:30 Marcelo Morales (CNPq)
17:30-18:00 Closing ceremony