SBBM 2020 Meeting

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Miércoles 4 Nov

14:30 – 15:45 h. Inaugural Talk: Regulation of the genome topology by small RNAs.
Dr. Pablo Manavella. Institute of Agrobiotechnology of the Littoral (CONICET-UNL), Faculty of Biochemistry and Biological Sciences, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, 3000 Santa Fe, Argentina.
16:00 – 16:30 h. SARS-CoV2 and cells: in vitro models for coVID-19 research. Ursula Leon. Thermo Fisher Scientific.
16:30 – 17:00 h. Towards the systematization of the Communication of Sciences. Vania Figueroa Ipinza. Autonomous University of Chile.
17:15 – 7:15 p.m. Symposium 1: Science made in Chile to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moderators: Ricardo Soto-Rifo (University of Chile) and Fernando Valiente-Echeverría (University of Chile).

  1. Creation of a repository of genomic sequences of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Miguel L. Allende, University of Chile
  2. Incidence of SARS-CoV-2 on asymptomatic health workers at a private clinic in Santiago. Gloria Arriagada, Universidad Andrés Bello
  3. Development of a system for the detection and quantification of neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in Chile. Carolina Beltrán-Pavez, University of Chile
  4. SarS-CoV-2 dominant antigens, seroconversion and seroprevalence in patients recovered from COVID-19. Karina Cereceda, Arturo López Pérez Foundation
  5. Plasma COVID Chile (clinical study NCT04384588): learnings and results of a collaborative project. Franz Villarroel-Espíndola, Arturo López Pérez Foundation

Miércoles11 Nov

15:00 – 17:00 h. Simposio 2: Cono-sur – Latin American Protein Biophysics: From single molecule to the cells
Moderators: Christian Wilson (University of Chile) and Cesar Ramirez-Samiento (Pontifical University
Católica de Chile).

  1. Studying the interaction between the signal peptide for reticular translocation and the Sec61 translocon with force spectroscopy. Luka Robeson. University of Chile
  2. Automatic annotation of HMM for repeat proteins. Layla Hirsh Martinez. Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
  3. Decoding the fold-switch mechanism of the cyanobacterial metamorphic protein KaiB. Maira Rivera. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  4. Watching bacterial sensors as they move: pliable proteins that transmit signals. Alejandro Buschiazzo. Institut Pasteur Montevideo, Uruguay
  5. Mechanotransduction: where Biophysics and Biology meet. Laia I. Pietrasanta. University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

17:15 – 19:15 h. Osvaldo Cori talk: New mechanisms of cellular communication and its role in the development of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Sergio Lavandero, Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases (ACCDiS), University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Miércoles18 Nov

15:00 – 17:00 h. Symposium 3: New Molecular Targets to Fight Cancer
Moderators: Julio C. Tapia (University of Chile) and Veronica A. Burzio (Science & Life Foundation; Andes Biotechnologies SpA; Faculty of Life Sciences, Universidad Andrés Bello).

  1. NUAK1 and metabolic reprogramming. Possible therapeutic implications in breast and colon cancer. Ariel F. Castro. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Conception
  2. Subtypes of Glioblastoma Stem-like Cells. Implications in the development of therapies. Claudia Quezada. Institute of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Austral de Chile
  3. Not everything is core: mitochondrial non-coding RNAs as therapeutic targets against cancer. Veronica A. Burzio. Science & Life Foundation; Andes Biotechnologies SpA; Faculty of Life Sciences, Universidad Andrés Bello
  4. Phospho-ECE1c as a predictor of aggressiveness and poor survival in colon cancer. Julio C. Tapia. Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile

17:15 – 7:15 p.m. Symposium 4: New advances in cellular communication and its pathological projections
Moderators: Camila López-Crisosto (Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile) and Sergio Lavandero (Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases (ACCDiS), University of Chile).

  1. Primary cilia: a new regulator of cardiac fibrosis. Elisa Villalobos. Postdoctoral research fellow. Queen's Medical Research Institute. Centre for Cardiovascular Science. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
  2. Collateral damage: lysosome-mitochondria communication and its effect on nuclear DNA. Pablo RiveraMejias. Postdoctoral research fellow. Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing & Cologne Excellence Cluster on Cellular Stress Responses in Aging-Associated Diseases (CECAD), University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.
  3. Mitochondrial UPR: how mitochondria communicate with other organelles under stressful conditions. Camila López-Crisosto. Postdoctoral research fellow. Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases (ACCDiS), University of Chile & P. Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.
  4. Extracellular vesicles in ischemia/cardiac reperfusion. Jaime Riquelme. Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases (ACCDiS) & Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
  5. Role of transcription factors FoxO1 and xbp1 in the genesis and development of cardiac pathologies. Sergio Lavandero. Advanced Center for Chronic Diseases (ACCDiS), Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile & Cardiology Division, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA

Miércoles25 Nov

15:00 – 17:00 h. Symposium 5: Insights into molecular mechanisms of genome function from genomics, transcriptomics and epigenomics studies
Moderators: Marcela Sjoberg (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile) and Javier Canales (Universidad Austral de Chile).

  1. The genomics of acral lentiginous melanoma in Mexican patients
    Carla Daniela Robles Espinoza, International Research Laboratory on the Human Genome [LIIGHUNAM]), National Autonomous University of Mexico-Campus Juriquilla, Querétaro, Mexico (
  2. Drivers and passengers of the non-coding cancer genome
    Jorge Reimand, Computational Biology Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, ON, Canada; Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada; Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada (
  3. Logical modelling of dendritic cells in vitro differentiation from human monocytes unravels novel transcriptional regulatory interactions
    Alejandra Medina Rivera, International Human Genome Research Laboratory [LIIGH UNAM]), National Autonomous University of Mexico-Campus Juriquilla, Querétaro, Mexico (
  4. Enhancer function and Topoisomerase II beta in hepatocellular carcinoma
    Liis Uusküla-Reimand, The Hospital for Sick Children, Genetics and Genome Biology program, Toronto, Canada (
  5. Modulation of alternative splicing by G-quadruplexes.
    Guillermo E. Parada, Wellcome Sanger Institute and Wellcome Trust Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom (

17:15 h Premio T. Ureta: Maria Cecilia Hidalgo
17:40 h Presentación Medalla Hermann Niemeyer
18:00 – 19: 15 h Charla Clausura: CRYing all night long––molecular mechanisms of human circadian timing.
Dra. Carrie Partch. University of California, Santa Cruz, USA


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