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, high impact research publications, Society awards and medals, news and views, competitions, member profiles, state activities , Special Interest Group reports and more.

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December 2018 Australian Biochemist Table of Contents


4 Editorial Committee
6 Publications with Impact
TLRs Call on a Receptor Friend to Help Suppress Inflammation
Hendra and Nipah Virus W Proteins Specifically Bind Importin α3 to Hijack Antiviral Response
Antimalarial Drug Packs a Double Whammy
A microRNA That Finds Many Ways to Keep Control
CRISPR Gene Editing is a Big Deal but What Will Be the First Therapeutic Applications?
Calcium Activates Metal-efflux Activity of the Ferroportin Transporter Family
First Structural Insights into the Commander Complex
A Snapshot of the Retromer Coat on Membrane Tubules
17 News and Views
Saved by the Bell
Life After Grant/Fellowship Rejection
19 ASBMB Education Feature
Constructing Knowledge in Purpose-built Teaching Spaces: an Approach
to Active Learning in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Making the Most out of the Precious Face-to-Face in Biochemistry Practicals
Interview with an Education Focused Academic
Context-based Undergraduate Biochemistry for Health Science (CUBHS) Instruction:
Bridging the Foundational–Clinical Gap
How to Write for a Non-academic Audience
25 Off the Beaten Track
Application of Scientific Skills in Frontline Biosecurity
27 Great Expectations
X-Ray Vision
30 Competition: Crossword
32 ASBMB Medallists and Awardees at ComBio2018
33 Report on ComBio2018
36 ComBio2018 Career Development Forum
37 Education at ComBio2018
38 Intellectual Property
Get Krafty with Your Patent Applications to Make Sure They Can Withstand the Heat!
41 News from the States
44 ASBMB Award Reports: Bioplatforms Australia Award and ASBMB Fellowships
48 Forthcoming Meetings
49 ASBMB Welcomes New Members
50 ASBMB Honours Loyal Members
51 ASBMB Annual Reports
56 Our Sustaining Members
61 ASBMB Council
62 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.