Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mini-Symposium: PolyQ disorders: From protein function to aggregation

Mini-Symposium on “PolyQ disorders: From protein function to aggregation”
that will take place at IBMC (Porto) on November 30th 2010.

This symposium aims at presenting recent results on the structure and function of proteins involved in polyQ disorders, with a special focus on ataxin-3, the protein associated with Machado-Joseph disease. National and international researchers, actively working in this field will discuss new findings on the role of the non-pathogenic polyQ-carrying proteins and how these contribute to understanding protein aggregation and pathogenesis.

We are sure that the number of different topics covered using state-of-the-art tools for studying protein function, structure and aggregation in vitro, in situ and in vivo will appeal to a broad audience and therefore we are looking forward to seeing you in this exciting mini-symposium on PolyQ disorders: From protein function to aggregation!
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Inscrições estudantes 1º Ciclo(licenciatura) XVII CNB 15-17 Dezembro 2010

A Comissão Organizadora do XVII Congresso Nacional de Bioquímica informa que estão abertas até dia 8 de Dezembro, inscrições para estudantes do 1º Ciclo (Licenciatura), com um valor reduzido de 80 euros. O valor de inscrição não inclui almoços nem documentação do Congresso; Inclui no entanto os Coffee Breaks, Porto de Honra e Certificado do Congresso.
Estas inscrições têm um limite máximo de 100 participantes.

O CNB 2010 convida os alunos a participarem no CNB2010 como atitude motivadora do interesse e gosto dos alunos pela investigação e comunicação científica.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Science - Brevia "A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind"

Um excelente artigo publicado na revista Science, por Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert:

We developed a smartphone technology to sample people’s ongoing thoughts, feelings, and actions and found (i) that people are thinking about what is not happening almost as often as they are thinking about what is and (ii) found that doing so typically makes them unhappy.

Unlike other animals, human beings spend a lot of time thinking about what is not going on around them, contemplating events that happened in the past, might happen in the future, or will never happen at all. Indeed, “stimulus-independent thought” or “mind wandering” appears to be the brain’s default mode of operation. Although this ability is a remarkable evolutionary achievement that allows people to learn, reason, and plan, it may have an emotional cost. Many philosophical and religious traditions teach that happiness is to be found by living in the moment, and practitioners are trained to resist mind wandering and “to be here now.” These traditions suggest that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Are they right?

Texto integral disponível aqui.
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