The LMO meeting series was created in the early 1990’s to foster scientific exchanges between French-speaking yeast researchers. However, due to its great success, it has now adopted an English format to accommodate yeast researchers from around the globe.
Although inconspicuous, yeast are extremely important to our daily lives. They make the bread we eat, and the beer and wine we drink. However, yeast, and other fungi, also have a dark side in that they cause opportunistic infections, or mycoses, which can range in severity from mild, e.g. skin rashes, to deadly, like fungal pneumonia. Mycoses are often very challenging to treat - the reason for this lies in the fact that fungi, like us, are eukaryote organisms; and, therefore, share with our own cells very similar biochemical processes. This means that drugs that are toxic to yeast are also often toxic to us. On the bright side, this also means that studies that shed light on the basic molecular biology of yeast have direct relevance to the understanding of how our own cells function. Said another way, yeast which are relatively simple, inexpensive to grow, unencumbered with ethical concerns, and, possess unsurpassed genetic accessibility, remain a fantastic model with which we can probe our own molecular origins. To evidence this conclusion one needs look no further than the 2016 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine , awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi who, using yeast, discovered the basic mechanisms for autophagy; or, to the 2017 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award to Mike Hall, who, again with yeast, revealed that nutrient-activated Target Of Rapamycin (TOR) proteins regulate cell growth in all eukaryotes. This latter prize is especially poignant for Swiss science as Mike Hall's TOR work was conducted at the Biozentrum in Basel. What better way to celebrate this, and other yeast-based successes, than to host the 13th edition of the Levures Modèles et Outils meeting in Switzerland?
As a backdrop to this « celebration » we have chosen the beautiful village of Rheinau, on the Swiss/German border. The conference itself will be held in a recently renovated monastery. Our logic for choosing this unique location was two-fold. Firstly, all meeting participants will be housed together, enabling us to passively implement informal discussions outside of formal presentation sessions. Secondly, this stunning setting, situated in the middle of the Rhine river, contributed to our ability to attract ten distinguished, international (USA, UK, and Europe) yeast researchers from across Europe and the United States. These speakers will share their recent discoveries concerning how yeast, and by extension all eukaryotes, regulate growth and metabolism. Specifically, presenters will narrate the state-of-the-art understanding of fundamental mechanisms governing cell polarity, DNA repair and gene expression, protein and membrane homeostasis, metabolism, and longevity.
The registration fee varies depending on the type of room chosen. It also includes all meals, coffee breaks and a BBQ on the final evening..
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