Abstracts of Young Scientists participating in the Young Investigator Competition have been pre-sorted and pre-ranked by the Young Investigator Award Committee and the best 10 abstracts chosen for oral communication.  During the meeting, the YIA Committee will rank the quality of the YIA talks and come up with a final listing. The winners will be announced on the final day of the conference, during the Closing Ceremony.

Following three money prizes will be awarded:

1st Prize: 500
2nd Prize: 300
3rd Prize: 200

The awards will be co-sponsored by the Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility.




Following abstracts have been selected to compete for the Young Investigator Award:


Session 1:Actin-Myosin interactions, novel structural and mechanical aspects

Daria Logvinova (Moscow, Russia)
Nucleotide-induced movements of essential light chain-1 in myosin subfragment 1 as studied by fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)


Session 2:  Titin and its binding partners

Antonio Sponga (Vienna, Austria)
 Structural and biophysical characterization of α-actinin-2 in ternary complex with FATZ-1 and Zq titin 

Robbert van der Pijl (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Diaphragm passive stretch induces hypertrophy, which is modulated by titin-based stiffness

Session 3:  E-C coupling and neuromuscular interactions

Dilyana Filipova (Köln, Germany)
Transcriptomic changes during secondary myogenesis in RYR1- and DHPR-deficient limb skeletal muscles


Session 4:  Stem cell-derived myocytes, experimental genome editing, muscle tissue engineering

Natalie Weber (Hannover, Germany)
Single cell mapping used to assign mRNA and protein expression of cardiac myosin heavy chain to twitch kinetics of the same human embryonic stem cell derived cardiomyocyte

Session 5:  Signaling and regulatory mechanisms

João Almeida Coelho (Porto, Portugal)
Titin phosphorylation by protein kinase G as a novel mechanism of diastolic adaptation to acute load

Session 6:  Muscle protein development, turnover and repair

Judith Hüttemeister (Berlin, Germany)
The role of titin in sarcomere assembly and dynamics


Session 7:  Plasticity, metabolism and energetics

Gaia Gherardi (Padova, Italy)
The physiopathological role of mitochondrial calcium uptake in skeletal muscle homeostasis

Session 8:  Heart failure and cardiomyopathies

Stephanie Carr (Newcastle, UK)
Studying mdx cardiomyocyte hypertrophy in vitro


Session 9:  Skeletal muscle diseases

Catherine Wingate (Perth, Australia)
The skeletal muscle pathophysiology of a novel dystrophin-negative mouse strain which exhibits a decrease in susceptibility to muscle damage

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