ELIXIR-IIB (ELIXIR Italy) is pleased to announce the upcoming Winter School “Disorder in Disorders: Pathogenic mechanisms of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins”, organised by MSCA-RISE IDPfun.

Important dates

Course date: 27-31 January, 2020
Deadline for applications: 15 Jan 2020
Deadline for trainee grant applications: 15 Nov 2019


Università degli Studi di Padova - Casa della Gioventù,
Via Rio Bianco,12
39042 Bressanone-Brixen (BZ), Italy.

The venue can be easily reached by train, travelling on the international railway line between Verona and Innsbruck/Munich. The closest airports are Innsbruck, Verona, Munich, Venice and Milan (with increasing distance).


300€ - Early bird till 15 Dec 2019 [NEW]
400€ - Late registration till 15 Jan 2020
Registration fee includes course material, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners for five days.
A limited number of fellowships will be available covering registration fee and hostel accommodation. Participants will be selected based on their background in protein bioinformatics and a motivation statement.


Intrinsically Disordered Proteins (IDPs) are a highly abundant class of proteins that lack stable tertiary and/or secondary structures under physiological conditions. Numerous IDPs are associated with human diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, amyloidoses, neurodegenerative diseases, and diabetes. Overall, intriguing interconnections among intrinsic disorder, cell signaling, and human diseases suggest that protein conformational diseases may result not only from protein misfolding, but also from misidentification, missignaling, and unnatural or nonnative folding.

The winter school will alternate lectures to practicals. During lectures, experts of the field will provide students an overview of IDP biological mechanisms that develop pathogenic phenotypes. They will explore the concepts of folding, unfolding and misfolding, highlighting their differences and similarities. Practical exercises aim at transferring to students basic skills for the study of IDPs and will revolve around the use of bioinformatic tools to solve complex problems.

The school includes a half-day workshop on ELIXIR interoperability services and support for the IDP Community.

Full details at disprotcentral.org/idpschool20.
A flyer of the event is available here for download.


L. Paladin - University of Padua
M. Necci - University of Padua
M. Carraro - University of Padua
I. Mičetić - University of Padua, ELIXIR-IIB (Local Organiser)
D. Battistella - University of Padua


For all kinds of queries, please contact us at idpfun@ngp-net.bio.unipd.it.