Leuven 2008

10th Symposium on Calcium-Binding Proteins in Normal and Transformed Cells Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Leuven, Belgium
Wednesday September 17 - Saturday September 20, 2008

Scientific Program

Invited speakers and selected oral communication

Poster session A

Poster session B

Poster session C

Poster session D


Scientific committee

  • Humbert DE SMEDT (Leuven, BE)
  • Rosario DONATO (Perugia, IT)
  • Philippe GAILLY (Brussels, BE)
  • Volker GERKE (Munster, GE)
  • Jacques HAIECH (Strasbourg, FR)
  • Claus HEIZMANN (Zürich, CH)
  • Luc LEYBAERT(Gent, BE)
  • Steve MOSS (London, UK)
  • Bernd NILIUS (Leuven, BE)
  • Jan PARYS (Leuven, BE)
  • Roland POCHET (Brussels, BE)
  • Thomas VOETS (Leuven, BE)
  • Frank WUYTACK (Leuven, BE)

Local Organising committee

  • Humbert DE SMEDT (Leuven, BE)
  • Philippe GAILLY (Brussels, BE)
  • Luc LEYBAERT (Gent, BE)
  • Bernd NILIUS (Leuven, BE)
  • Jan PARYS (Leuven, BE)
  • Roland POCHET (Brussels, BE)
  • Thomas VOETS (Leuven, BE)
  • Frank WUYTACK (Leuven, BE)

administrative committee

  • Vivianne AELBRECHT (Leuven, BE)
  • Paulette MIROIR (Brussels, BE)
  • Yves PARIJS (Leuven, BE)
  • Marleen SCHUERMANS (Leuven, BE)


  • Valery DAUBIE (Brussels, BE)

Poster Prizes

  • A7 - The calcium channels Cavβ4 subunits acts as independent transcription. M. DEWAARD
  • B17 - Expression of zebrafish NCS coincides with visual function in the larval retina. N. RAETSCHO
  • C22 - Orai1 downregulation: a missing link in understanding the prostate cancer apoptosis resistance. M. FLOURAKIS
  • D40 - Localisation of the putative NAADP-receptor. K. RIETDORF


  • Sir Michael Berridge (President)
  • Claude Klee
  • Bob Williams
  • Volker Gerke
  • Steve Moss
  • Rosario Donato
  • Jacques Haiech
  • Marc Moreau
  • Jacek Kuznicki
  • Joachim Krebs


  • Laura ALLAN
    investigating the mechanism of amyloid β-peptide-induced Ca2+ release.
    Expression and localization of classical transient receptor potential channels (TRPCS) in mammary gland cells.
  • Maria BERROCAL
    1. Alteration of Ca2+ dependence of synaptosomal plamsa membrane Ca2+ ATPase in human brain affected by Alzheimer´s disease.
    2. Functional modulation of calcium pumps by amyloid β-peptide in primary cultures of hyppocampal neurons.
    STIM1 and STIM2 are present in mouse brain neurons and show puncta-like colocalization with ORAI1 upon calcium depletion of the ER.
  • Sandra HANNINEN
    Ca2+-handling phenotype of cardiomyocytes with impaired mitochondrial function is reversed by N-acetylcysteine (NAC).
  • Michael HARR
    Glucocorticoids negatively regulate IP3R-associated kinases FYN and LCK to modulate TCR-induced calcium signals.
  • Annette LIS
    Identification of critical amino acid for STIM1-mediated gating of CRACM.
  • Andrey MAKAROV
    Study of S100 proteins in human normal and malignant cells and tissues.
  • Flavio Henrique BERALDO DE PAIVA
    Cellular prion protein interaction with an active laminin γ-1 chain peptide triggers calcium signaling promoting neuritogenesis
    1. Regulation of ADP-ribosyl cyclases during early embryogenesis of the sea urchin.
    2. Molecular characterisation of a novel sea urchin ADP-ribosyl cyclase.
  • Weiwei SHEN
    STIM1 oligomerization is a rapid and reversible event regulated by physiological changes in ER calcium concentration.
  • Jeremy SMYTH
    Store-operated calcium entry is suppressed during mitosis due to phosphorylation of the endoplasmic reticulum calcium sensor STIM1.
  • Hironori SUZUKI
    Elucidation of the Ca2+-dependent interaction mechanism between ALG-2 and ALIX by X-Ray crystallographic analysis.
  • Gergo SZANDA
    1. Mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake during sore-operated Ca2+ influx.
    2. Mg2+ signaling and mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake.
  • Lucie TOSCA
    Origin or fertilization calcium signal and control mechanisms of apoptosis of the sea urchin egg and embryo: role of the PLCI- and MEK/ERK pathways.
  • Norbert WEISS
    1. The S218L familial hemiplegic migraine mutation promotes deinhibition of Cav2.1 calcium channels during direct G-protein regulation.
    2. Functional regulation of calcium homeostasis in adult mouse skeletal muscle fibre by specific G-protein β-γ subunits.