Computational Biophysics Workshop using NAMD and VMD, November 18-22, 2013, Urbana, Illinois, USA

From: David Brandon (
Date: Fri Aug 23 2013 - 14:07:30 CDT

The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, NIH Center for
Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics (, is pleased
to announce the following training opportunity:

"'Hands-On' Workshop on Computational Biophysics using VMD and NAMD"

to be held November 18-22, 2013 at the Beckman Institute on the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

The workshop will explore physical models and computational approaches
used for the simulation of biological systems and the investigation of
their function at both atomic and cellular level. The course will be
based on case studies including the properties of mechanical proteins,
DNA sequencing using nanopores, bioinformatic analysis, and signaling
pathways. Relevant physical concepts, mathematical techniques, and
computational methods will be introduced, including force fields and
algorithms used in molecular modeling, molecular dynamics simulations on
GPU and parallel computers, steered molecular dynamics simulations, and
computational nano-biology.

The workshop is designed for researchers and students in computational
and/or biophysical fields who seek to extend their research skills to
include computational and theoretical expertise, as well as other
researchers interested in theoretical and computational biophysics.
Theory sessions in the morning will be followed by hands-on computer
labs in the afternoon in which students will be able to set up and run
simulations. Those interested in attending must apply for and be
accepted into the workshop. Enrollment limited to 20 participants.

Applications to the workshop are due by November 3, 2013, for full
consideration. Selection and notification of participants from the
application pool is ongoing through November 8. Those selected to attend
must confirm participation and pay applicable registrations fees
(students, $150; $250 non-student academics, $350 all others).
Double-occupancy housing and course materials are included in the fee.
All participants are required to bring their own laptop for use in
workshop tutorial sessions. The workshop can neither fund nor arrange
participant travel.

For further information and online application, visit the workshop website:

We look forward to receiving your application!

TCBG Workshop Organizers

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