Analyzing three dimensional structures of proteins facilitate further understanding
of genomes in terms of protein functions. Thorough and high-throughput research
approaches are required to cover the entire range of protein structural diversity
in nature (protein universe) and considerable efforts have been in made in
the structural biology community.
In the past years, many 'structural genomics' and 'structural proteomics'
projects started around the world and the International Structural Genomics
Organization (ISGO) has been established to coordinate and promote global
The Protein Research Group tries to contribute to the ISGO as much as possible.
The first scientific conference (International Conference on Structural Genomics,
ICSG) was held in Yokohama, Japan, in November 2000, and Shigeyuki Yokoyama
chaired the international organizing committee. The second conference, ICSG
2002 was held in Berlin, Germany in October 2002 and organized by Dr. Udo
Heinemenn. The most recent meeting, ICSG 2004 was held in Washington DC, USA,
in November 2004 and chaired by Dr. Gaetano Montelione. The future conference,
its associated meeting and workshop of ICSG will take place in Beijing, China
and Tokyo, Japan. The Executive Organizing Committee has now been vigorously
working together for the meeting.
Disseminating the information of advanced technologies among the ISGO community is one of the important policies of ISGO. Accordingly, the Protein Research Group organized a series of hands-on workshops on cell-free protein synthesis technologies in Yokohama as well as at the second ICSG in Berlin, Germany in October 2002.
Go to ISGO Page.