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Donna Baldisseri
Senior Applications Scientist, Bruker BioSpin, Billerica, MA

BioSpin - TopSpin

Dr. Baldisseri been involved in NMR spectroscopy either in research or industry full time since 1988. Her expertise is in the application of NMR techniques to the study of isolopically labeled biomolecules, Bruker Advance spectrometers, and TopSpin software.

Focus this year will be on the set-up, acquisition and processing of BioNMR experiments. The lecture will also include a discussion of the latest additions to the experimental library and new features.

We are very pleased that she will be able to join us in July.

Jeff Hoch, Director
NMR Structural Biology Facility
University of Connecticut Health Center, CT, USA

Rowland NMR ToolKit (RNMRTK)

Jeff Hoch is a professor at the University of Connecticut who specializes in the processing of NMR data. His work specifically focuses on novel methods of data collection not limited to the use of Fourier Transformations.

NANUC was fortunate enough to have Prof. Hoch present the first offsite training course in London, Ontario, but the 2008 BootCamp will be Prof. Hoch's second BootCamp experience.

Prof. Hoch will be presenting the capabilities of the Rowland NMR ToolKit (commonly known as the RNMRTK) and will be demonstrating to students how to process rapid acquisition (i.e. non-uniform or non-linear) NMR data incompatible with traditional processing methods.

We eagerly look forward to his visit and latest developments.

Ryan McKay
Scientific Director, NANUC

VNMRJ and BioPack

Dr. George Gray was originally supossed to present the Varian/BioPack software during the 2008 course but due to family obligations was unable to attend. His place was covered by Dr. Ryan McKay.

Presentation will cover the newest version of the VNMRJ spectrometer software. Students will learn how to navigate the new system and utilize the various new user friendly components as well as perform customizations of their environments for individual requirements.

The demonstrations will then progress to the BioPack software suite of multi-nuclear and multi-dimensional pulse sequences. BioPack was designed to provide "User-friendly" water suppression, double and triple resonance 2D/3D/4D pulse sequences, including TROSY options and BioNMR PSG programming; featuring automatic calibration and experiment execution. It includes experiments for non-labeled and labeled biomolecules such as peptides, proteins, RNA and DNA's. Attendees will be able to utilize cutting edge pulse sequences from large contributing laboratories such as the Lewis Kay (Univ. of Toronto) Pulse sequence library.

Charles D. Schwieters
Head, Structural Biology Group NIH


Dr. Schwieters received his B.Sc. from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton.

He is involved in the planning and implementation of novel algorithms for probing protein structure and dynamics. He is responsible for the development and maintenance of the XPLOR-NIH and VMD-XPLOR software packages. He also supervises a small group at the main NIH campus.

2008 will be Charles' third NMR BootCamp and this year's focus will be on a more stepby-step approach to solving BioNMR problems with an emphasis on protein 3D structures and how to easily incorporate data and evaluate final solutions. Students will be presented with background information and then given several example problems to work on. Help will be provided and participants should leave with a basic understanding and ability to utilize the program to solve their research goals.

Frank Delaglio


Dr. Frank Delaglio is very familiar with the NANUC training courses having presented at a specialized course in 2003 and our first BootCamp during 2005. We of course enthusiastically included him in this years festivities and he has graciously volunteered to arrive early and stay late to answer students questions (you can also catch him earlier in the virtual world of "Second Life" as seen top image above).

Dr. Delaglio (aka the Big F. or the Big D.) will be presenting the extensive software suite from Prof. Ad Bax's laboratory at the National Institutes of Health. The software includes the well known and widely utilized NMRPipe, NMRDraw processing tools as well as the powerful TALOS, and DYNAMO programs. The emphasis this year will be on real world examples for students to work through.

As always we look forward to Frank's detailed yet relaxed lecture style.

Leo Spyracopoulos
Univ. of Alberta

Mathematica Notebooks

Dr. Spyracopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Alberta. The Spyracopoulos laboratory is involved in determining the dynamics, structures, and interactions of enzymes of the ubiquitination cycle, a biochemical process important in DNA repair and the immune response.

Dr. Spyracopoulos specializes in the analysis of protein dynamics through measurement of 15N NMR relaxation. He recently developed a suite of Mathematica (Wolfram Research) Notebooks for analysis of protein dynamics data which are available via his laboratories web site. The key features of the programs include ease of use, automatic visualization of data and results, and computer compatibility.

The aims of this afternoon workshop will be to familiarize students with analysis of protein main chain 15N dynamics using methods such as spectral density mapping and the "model-free" approach. The applicability of the methods with respect to spectral quality and sample conditions such as protein oligomerization will be discussed. Overall, students will learn how to carefully analyze protein main chain dynamics data, apply dynamics approaches to answer questions regarding biological function, and use dynamics analyses to complement protein structure determination.

Bruce Johnson
President, One Moon Scientific


Bruce Johnson is Founder and President of One Moon Scientific, Inc. He is the creator of NMRView, one of the leading programs for the analysis and visualization of data on proteins and nucleic acids from Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometers.

Prior to One Moon Scientific, Inc., Bruce was a Senior Research Fellow at Merck & Co., Inc. During his 15 year career at Merck he specialized in applying the methods of structural biology, molecular modelling, and cheminformatics to research in drug discovery. Bruce holds a BS degree from the University of Washington and a PhD from Duke University.

Presentations will include all the operational features of NMRViewJ (i.e. opening data, making assignments, picking NOEs for structure calculations, and exporting). Students will gain the ability to analyse spectra from multi-dimensional experiments and how to proceed access online resources for further individual progress.

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