October 8-10, 2014

PIPS 2014 Training Course


The Peptide & Protein Chemistry & Biology Platform PeptLab@UCP at the Neuville Université site hosted the PIPS 2014 Training Course where thirty selected young investigators coming from Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Québec, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom attended featured morning tutorials on relevant themes in peptide science by leaders, who have made seminal discoveries in these research areas:


Peptide bioconjugates - F. Hudecz;

Cysteine-rich peptides: L. Moroder;

Conformational analysis: C. Toniolo;

Peptide biophysical methods: A. Friedler;

Chemical ligation: S. Kent;

Post-translational modifications: M. Chorev;

Peptide drug delivery: W. Danho.


The young investigators were invited to test drive the latest in peptide chemistry (Novabiochem, Merck Chemicals), instrumentation for peptide science, featuring synthesizers (CEM and Protein Technologies), purification devices (GE Healthcare and Propep SARL), as well as tools for making biophysical measurements on peptides and proteins (GE Healthcare and SAW Instruments).


Considering how peptide science has shaped the practice of synthetic, analytical, and biological sciences, due to inherent challenges to assemble these polyfunctional molecules and their abundant applications in various fields including medicine, materials science, catalysis, and nanotechnology, the young investigators had a unique opportunity to learn about latest innovations and original discoveries from the masters in our field as well as industrial innovators advancing our science.




Chair-persons and Scientific Programme Organizers: Anna Maria Papini, William D. Lubell & Solange Lavielle. Organizing Training Committee: Olivier Monasson, Fabienne Burlina, Maud Larregola, Francesca Nuti, Cédric Rentier, Matthea Ieronymaki, Feliciana Real-Fernandez & Elisa Peroni. Scientific & Organizing Committee of the Institute of Advanced Studies: Hung The Dip, Florence Brouillaud, Ratana Pok.


October 5-8, 2014

Peptides in Paris Symposium - PIPS 2014


PIPS-2014 was conceived to enhance dialogue between peptide scientists and to provide a novel forum for young scientists to learn more about the history and state-of-the-art technology of our growing field. PIPS-2014 featured a series of lectures from world-class experts in peptide science from October 5-8, 2014 followed by a workshop featuring lectures from pioneers of our field and hands-on applications of modern machines making impact in peptide science from October 8-10, 2014.

About 120 participants attended PIPS-2014. Featuring lectures from fourteen distinguished speakers (S. Kent, L. Baltzer, J.-L. Banères, C. Becker, A. Boto, A. Brik, N. Budisa, P.E. Dawson, F. Formaggio, A. Friedler, A. Kaporniotu, G. Maayan, G. Morelli, D. Woolfson), as well as three established scientists (I. Fujii, L. Gentilucci, and S. Yitzchaik), and thirteen young investigators (S. Chen, M. Di Pisa, L. Khemtémourian, A.I. Fernàndez-Llamazares, N. Gilles, R. Grzywa, S. Pascarella, M. Reches, K.B.H. Salah, J.-M. Swiecickì, A. Tapeinou, G. Upert, E. Wynendaele,), representing fourteen different countries, convened at the modern site of the University of Cergy-Pontoise at Gennevilliers in the Région Île-de-France. Moreover, a poster session was held on the afternoon of October 7th to empower informal communication in front of printed excerpts about novel discoveries.

This event was supported by the European Peptide Society and the following sponsors: CEM (gold sponsor) CS Bio Co (silver sponsor), Protein Technologies, Inc, GE Healthcare, SAW Instruments, Proteomic solutions, Iris Biotech GMBH, Waters, Propep SARL, Merck Millipore, Intavis AG are gratefully acknowledged.

Mardi 25 mars 2014 de 9h à 12H30

Neuro degenerative diseases: from basic research to therapeutic applications

Université de Cergy-Pontoise, site des Chênes, salle des conférences

Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Rina Aharoni
Department of Immunology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
"From basic research to drug development : the story of the amino acid copolymer Copaxone in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and its new applications"

Invited speaker: Dr. Raya Eilam

Department of Biological Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

“Impaired crosstalk between cortical microvessels and neurons during Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis (EAE) and the beneficial effect of Copaxone treatment”

 Invited speaker: Prof. Jérôme de Seze
Laboratoire d'imagerie et de neurosciences cognitives, CNRS, Institut de physique biologique, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Strasbourg, France
“CNS auto-antibodies: new targets for new diseases"