Sonderforschungsbreich 35

Transmembrane Transporters
in Health and Disease

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Fifth SFB - Symposium 2012
September 24-25, Vienna
Program can be found here.

The following pictures were taken at the Symposium:

Hörsaal Hörsaal

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Symposium 2012

Dear Friends, Dear Colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to our 5th Annual SFB35 Symposium "Transmembrane Transporters in Health and Disease" in 2012 to be held in Vienna, Austria, from September 24-25. This symposium brings together transporter experts from all over the world to share ideas and exchange thoughts or, simply speaking: transport information.

The 4th Symposium in September 2011 was a great success and we aim to continue with our Symposium in 2012 (some impressions of last years symposium can be found at the Symposium 2011 page).

Confirmed speakers:

Susan G. Amara, Pittsburgh, USA

Marc G. Caron, Durham, USA

Gerhard Ecker, Vienna, Austria

Ian Forster, Zürich, Switzerland

Michael Freissmuth, Vienna, Austria

Jana Haase, Dublin, Ireland

Peter Hinterdorfer, Linz, Austria

Habibeh Khoshbouei, Gainesville, USA

Michael Köttgen, Freiburg, Germany

Donald Miller, Seattle, USA

Oliver Langer, Vienna, Austria

Amy Hauck Newman, Baltimore, USA

Jeffrey Rothstein, Baltimore, USA

Balazs Sarkadi, Budapest, Hungary

Gergely Szakacs, Budapest, Hungary

Alan Tall, New York, USA

Kazumitsu Ueda, Kyoto, Japan

It will be the 5th symposium under the auspices of the Special Research Program SFB35 of the Austrian Science Fund/FWF. We are convinced that this annual SFB-meeting will again offer you a great program with the latest results in the field of transmembrane transport. We are inviting no more than 100 participants for this meeting anticipating an intimate environment for vivid interactions.


We decided to reserve more room for the poster presentations: We will

  1. have poster short presentations (you have 2 slides to show in 2 minutes; please see more detailed information below) and, in addition,
  2. invite selected poster presenters to talk about their results in a special session: Poster Short Talks (Tuesday afternoon; please see more detailed information below). Three colleagues will have 12 minutes time for their presentation with 3 minutes of discussion. The candidates will be selected on-sight by a committee (consisting of SFB35-PIs and SFB35-SAB members). While the poster short presentations are an obligatory part for poster presenters at the SFB35-Symposium, you can choose to NOT be selected for a short talk (please indicate it on your registration form).



+++ No admission/registration fees for this symposium, admittance is essentially free. +++


SFB35 "Transmembrane Transporters in Health and Disease" is a network of excellence that brings together research groups located in Austria (in Vienna and Linz) to jointly follow a distinct research program; SFB35 has been initiated to understand the molecular mechanisms of transport activity of both neurotransmitter transporters as well as ABC-transporters/efflux pumps: from structural biology and cell biology to clinics and the drug action - and all the way back from clinical paradigm to basic research.

The regular scientific program will be a variety of opportunities to share scientific knowledge through state-of-the-art plenary lectures, lecture sessions and a poster session. To foster our young scientific colleagues, we will award a number of travel grants.

Vienna, currently one of the most exciting cities in the world of highest standards of living, provides the perfect background for this SFB meeting in 2012.

As we are aware of the fact that we cannot reach every colleague please forward this message to all your colleagues that might be interested to visit.

Come and join us at our SFB symposium 2012. Don’t miss the chance to meet and get in contact with transporter professionals from all over the world.

Sincere Regards,

Harald Sitte; Speaker SFB35
Michael Freissmuth; Deputy Speaker SFB35

Important Information:

Conference Office: SFB35 Office
Regina Klaus
Max F. Perutz Laboratories
Medical University of Vienna
Department of Medical Biochemistry
Dr. Bohrgasse 9/2
1030 Vienna
T:+43-1-4277-61806 (Mo - Thu 09 - 15h)
F: +43-1-4277-9618

Conference Venue:
Medical University Vienna
Great Lecture Hall,
Institute of Pharmacology
Waehringer Strasse 13a
1090 Vienna

Conference Dates:
The symposium takes place from September 24-25, 2012. We recommend arrival in Vienna on September 23 and departure on September 26.

Online registration and abstract submission:

Registration is closed

Abstract submission is closed

In case you plan to present a poster, please send your abstract as a word document or pdf-file to

The body of your abstract must not exceed 3,000 characters, including punctuation (not spaces). We recommend aiming for this range as a frame of reference, then counting characters and revising accordingly.

Use standard abbreviations. When using abbreviations for chemical compounds, spell out full for the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Do not abbreviate compounds in the abstract title. You may include figures and/or references.

Please note that all abstracts will be available online only. A printed program will be provided at the venue.

Organization of Posters:
The maximum allowed size for a poster is: 80 cm width and 135 cm height.

Poster Short Presentations:
Please prepare 2 slides that will be displayed during the session “poster short presentations” in the order of the poster numbers. You will need to send your two slides to the symposium Email address until one week before the symposium starts. The slides should focus on the main results, maybe the techniques applied (if deemed interesting to the audience) and a short discussion/conclusion of the main findings. Please prepare your slides on a plain white background (we will otherwise change the background to white to make it coherent during the presentation). There will be one poster short presentation for each day – and each poster session.

Poster Short Talks:
We want to invite selected poster presenters to talk about their results during a special session: Poster Short Talks (Tuesday afternoon). Three young colleagues will have 12 minutes time for their presentation with 3 minutes of discussion. The candidates will be selected on-sight by a committee (consisting of SFB35-PIs and SFB35-SAB members). However, in case you don’t want to be selected for a short talk, please indicate it on your registration form. Anyway, the nominations can only be completed after the end of the poster session. Hence, the nominees will be announced before the plenary lecture on Tuesday.

Official Symposium Dinner:
An official Symposium dinner will take place on Tuesday, September 25. Please indicate in the registration form, if you wish to participate.

Travel grants:
Students may apply for a limited number of travel grants. Criteria for eligibility:

- abstract as first author
- poster presentation
- certificate of studentship from supervisor or else

Please mail (scan) or fax a signed statement from your supervisor regarding your student's status. We will reimburse travel costs and/or hotel costs on an individual basis depending on the length of the journey. Should the costs exceed a certain limit, we will rather reimburse hotel costs due to a limited financial budget. The selection of awardees will be done by the organizers.

The travel grant form for the reimbursement will be available at the venue.

Conference language:
The official conference language is English.

Hotel reservation:

Hotels close to the Institute of Pharmacology are:
Hotel Bleckmann
Hotel Schottenpoint
Hotel Regina
Hotel Atlanta
Arcotel Boltzmann
Hotel Harmonie
Pension Astra
Pension Ani-Falstaff
Students housing: Studentenheim Haus Döbling (

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