Program & Guide

Program & Guide

Day 1 Aug. 21, Tartu University, main building
15 – 18   Arrival and registration
18:00   Welcome address and introduction by professor Ülo Langel

18:10  Welcome by University of Tartu rector Toomas Asser
18:20   Plenary session: Vladimir Torchilin (Northeastern University, Boston, USA)

Recent developments in lipid-based “smart” nanopreparations for cancer
19:30   Welcome reception for conference participants in restaurant “Polpo”.

Performing Ain Agan and Lembit Saarsalu.

Day 2 Aug. 22, V spa & Conference center – Nanoparticles in Drug Delivery

Chair Helder Almeida Santos

9:00 – 9:35 Giuseppe Battaglia (University College London, United Kingdom)
Chemotactic and phenotypic targeting

9:35 – 10:10 Twan Lammers (RWTH Aachen University Clinic, Germany)
Monitoring and modulating drug targeting to tumors and metastases

10:10 – 10:30 Ching Tung (Cornell Medical College, USA)
Modular nano transporters for a multifunctional siRNA combination therapy

Coffee 25 min


Extracellular Vesicles as carriers of drugs and information

Chair Twan Lammers

10:55-11:30 Pieter Vader (Utrecht University, Holland)
Engineering of extracellular vesicles for therapeutic RNA delivery

11:30-12:05 Dhanu Gupta (Karolinska Institute, Sweden)
Developing novel non viral delivery vectors for RNA and Protein therapeutics

12:05-12:25 Imre Mäger (University of Oxford, United Kingdom)
Small RNA transcriptome and RNA binding proteins of extracellular vesicles

12:25-12:45 Vitaliy V. Khutoryanskiy (University of Reading, UK)

Maleimide-functionalised nanogels, liposomes and nanoparticles as novel mucoadhesive vehicles for drug delivery

Lunch 1 h


Liposomes and Polymer Nanoparticles

Chair Vladimir Torchilin

13:45-14:20 Arto Urtti (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Potential of Melanin Binding in Drug Targeting

14:20-14:55 Helder Almeida Santos (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Advanced Multifunctional Nanomedicines For Biomedical Applications

14:55-15:15 Anders Wittrup (Lund University, Sweden)

Single cell kinetics of RNAi mediated knockdown

15:15-15:35 Sébastien Deshayes (CNRS Montpellier, France)

New peptide-based nanoparticles to “Wrap and Roll” siRNA into cells

Coffee 25 min


Polymer Nanoparticles

Chair Giuseppe Battaglia

16:00-16:35 Ulrich Lächelt (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Germany)
Intracellular Delivery of Biomacromolecules by Sequence-Defined Oligomers and Nanoparticles

16:35-17:10 C.F. (Rene) van Nostrum (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
Polymeric micelles as drug carriers: issues of stable drug loading in the circulation

17:10-17:45 Tambet Teesalu (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Precision delivery of drugs and contrast agents with glioblastoma homing peptides

17:45-18:05 Mindaugas S. Venslauskas (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas Lithuania)

Fields, driving forces, cell poration and drug delivery


Day 3 Aug. 23, V spa & Conference center

Cell Penetrating Peptides as Drugs and Tools for delivery of Macromolecule

Chair John Howl

9:00 – 9:35 Roland Brock (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
Cell-penetrating peptides – time for opportunism

9:35-10:10 Arwyn Tomos Jones (Cardiff University, Wales)
Driving Endocytosis for Enhancing Cellular Delivery and Intracellular Targeting of Nanopharmaceuticals

10:10-10:30 Henry David Herce (Harvard Medical School, USA)
Uptake mechanism of Cell-Penetrating Peptides and design of Pell-Permeable Antibodies

Coffee 25 min


Chair Roland Brock

10:55-11:30 Ülo Langel (Stockholm University, Sweden/Tartu University, Estonia)

Cell-penetrating peptides and delivery of oligonucleotides

11:30-12:05 Sandrine Sagan (Sorbonne University, France)
Towards specific cell targeting of cell-penetrating peptides

12:05-12:25 Ines Neundorf (University of Cologne, Germany)
Tailor-made cell-penetrating peptides with anticancer, antimicrobial and wound-healing activities

12:25-12:45 Christian Widmann (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Potassium channels and membrane polarization control membrane translocation of cell-penetrating peptides

Lunch 1 h


Chair Arwyn Tomos Jones

13:45-14:20 Hanne Mörck-Nielsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Cell-penetrating Peptide and Cargo Structure Determines the Degree of Assembly, Membrane Interaction, and Delivery Potential.

14:20-14:55 William Wimley (Tulane University School of Medicine, USA)
Synthetic Molecular Evolution of Cell Penetrating Peptides

14:55-15:15 Alexander Komin (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Cell-Penetrating Peptide For Transcellular Transport

15:15-15:35 Ale Närvanen (University of Eastern Finland, Finland)

Efficient inhibition of Leishmania donovani parasites using buparvaquone: the role of biogenic mesoporus silicon nanoparticles
Coffee and posters 45 min


Chair William Wimley

16:20-16:55 Shiroh Futaki (Kyoto University, Japan)

Peptide-mediated Delivery of Biomacromolecules into Cells

16:55-17:30 Angelita Rebollo (Sorbonne University, France)
Novel Enhanced Cell Penetrating Peptides for Anti-cancer Cargo Delivery

17:30-18:05 John Howl (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Bioportide technologies: What can we learn from studies with sperm and flatworms?

19:00 Farewell dinner in University of Tartu History museum White Hall. Performing Hanna Maarja Kangur and Jaagup Jürgel


Day 4 Aug. 24, V spa & Conference center

Chair Sandrine Sagan

9:00 – 9:35 Peter E. Nielsen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Bacterial Penetrating Peptides in antibiotics discovery

9:35-9:55 Tim Schober (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)

Towards photocontrol of the cell entry of cell-penetrating peptides

9:55-10:15 Pirjo Laakkonen (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Peptide-based brain tumor targeting

10:15-10:35 Archana Chugh (Kusuma School of Biological Sciences, India)
Assessing the versatility of Cell penetrating peptides as nanocarriers for macromolecule delivery in mammalian and plant cells

10:35   Coffee Break 20 min


Chair Andres Merits

10:55-11:30 Ari Helenius (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

Cell entry and uncoating strategies used by animal viruses

11:30-12:05 Andrew E. Firth (University of Cambridge, UK)

Investigating virus gene expression with comparative genomics and ribosome profiling

12:05-12:25 Valeria Lulla (University of Cambridge, UK)

A Novel Enterovirus Protein Modulates Infection in Gut Epithelial Cells

12:25   Lunch 1 h

13:25-13:45 Rennos Fragkoudis (University of Nottingham, UK)

Arbovirus encephalitis: From the arthropod to the brain

The role of heparin in encephalitic infections with alphaviruses

13:45-14:15 Andres Merits (University of Tartu, Estonia)

Approaches to control cell specificity of release and replication of oncolytic alphaviruses

14:15   Closing and Award Ceremony

Leisure program

21st of August

  • Guided tour in Tallinn (12:00)
  • Bus from Tallinn to Tartu (13:30 gathers participants from the tour; 14:00 pickup from Tallinn airport)

22nd of August

  • Guided nature/bog hike in South-Estonian nature (after sessions)

24th of August

  • Guided tour in Tartu (after sessions)

During 21st-24th of August you can visit University of Tartu museums (History museum, Nature museum, Old Observatory, Art Museum) with a reduced tariff.