The official magazine of the ASBMB, the Australian Biochemist keeps members up-to-date with relevant scientific and personal news in Australia and abroad. It provides information to members on upcoming events and conferences, Society awards and medals, competitions, the Great Expectations series, Special Technical Features, state activities, Special Interest Group reports and much more.

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APRIL 2018 Australian Biochemist Table of Contents

4 Editorial Committee
5 Competition: Odd One Out
6 Publications with Impact
Malaria Parasites Hijack Transferrin Receptor for Entry into Human Blood
Transomics Reveals New Insights into How Insulin Choreographs Metabolic Traffic
The ‘Small Talk’ of Exercise
Active Downregulation of Contractile Adherens Junctions
Tracking Synaptic Vesicles to Uncover Their Hidden Secrets at the Synapse
14 ASBMB Education Feature
Four Steps to Solving the Student Misconception Problem
What is the Role of Today’s University Lecturer?
Embedding Authentic Practices to Enhance Student Employability
17 Off the Beaten Track
A Tale of Three Cities
The Ideal Mentoring Experience
20 News and Views
The NHMRC Grant Overhaul: What Impact Will it Have on Early- and Mid-career Researchers?
22 Great Expectations
A View from the Inside
26 ASBMB 2018 Medallist and Awardee Profiles
34 Australia Day Honours for ASBMB Members
36 Cell Architecture: a New ASBMB Special Interest Group
37 RNA Network of Australasia: an ASBMB Special Interest Group
39 Sydney Protein Group Report
40 ASBMB: ‘Down’-under the Microscope
43 Science & Technology Australia: Science meets Parliament 2018
44 FAOBMB Young Scientist Award 2018
45 Leadership Changes for Science and Technology Australia
46 ASBMB Award Reports: ASBMB Boomerang Award and Bioplatforms Australia Award
49 Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria – Science Talent Search
50 Intellectual Property
IP Considerations in the Early Stages of Drug Development
52 In Memoriam: Tony Linnane
55 FAOBMB Annual Conference in Kobe, Japan
58 Our Sustaining Members
63 Forthcoming Meetings
64 ASBMB Council Members
65 Directory




Golden Jubilee Issue:

2005august-cover.jpgIn honour of the 50th anniversary of the ASBMB, an historical Golden Jubilee issue of the Australian Biochemist was published in August 2005. This commemorative issue highlights the achievements of the Society over the past 50 years in the context of the rapid advances in biochemistry and molecular biology. To access this freely available Golden Jubilee issue, click here.