The 9th International Conference on Structural Biology will highlight and cover, among others, some very interesting topics:
Track-2 Computational Approaches in Structural Biology
Computational approaches are a boon for structural biology. In general the structure of molecules is determined by experimental methods is both time intense and cost effective. To overcome these constraints, computational approaches like ab-initio modelling, homology modeling and threading method are used.
Track-3 Hybrid Approaches for Structure Prediction
Structural bioinformatics is an exceptionally cost effective solution for protein structure determination. Purely computational prediction methods, like ab initio fragment assembly, advanced fold recognition, composite approaches, and molecular docking are regularly applied today to extend our understanding of protein structures. However, predicted structures are not given the same reliance as their experimental complements. Hybrid approaches are a means to overcome these limitations; by incorporating limited experimental measurements, reliable structures can be computed and unlikely predictions eliminated. Hybrid approaches take advantage of data derived from a wide range of different biophysical and biochemical methods. These methods are of growing interest in current researches of structural biology.
Track-7 Molecular Modelling and Simulation
Molecular modelling and simulation embraces all the hypothetical methods and computational procedures used to mimic the behaviour of macromolecules. These techniques are used in diverse fields of drug design, computational chemistry, materials science and computational biology for studying macromolecular systems ranging from small to large biological systems. Simplest calculations can be achieved by hand, but certainly computers are essential to perform molecular modelling of reasonably sized system. Molecular simulation on the other hand uses powerful computers to simulate the interactions between atoms and to understand the properties of materials. Such simulations involve methods that range from very detailed quantum mechanical calculations on atoms to coarse-grained classical dynamics of large groups of molecules on a timescale of milliseconds or longer.
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