The 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, education, Society awards and medals, news and views, competitions, member profiles, state activities, Special Interest Groups and more.

The magazine is published in April, August and December each year and is available in PDF on this webpage. Publication Schedule for the Australian Biochemist.

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Current Issue: August 2019


Table of Contents

4 Editorial Committee
5 Editorial
7 Publications with Impact
Distinct Mechanisms Govern Recognition of Viral and Host Ligands by an Innate Immune Receptor
Buying Time for Contractile Signaling
Genetic Stutters, Gut Feelings and Neurodegenerative Disease
11 Off the Beaten Track
Why it Sometimes Pays to Work for Money
14 ASBMB Education Feature
Glycogen Builder: the Game
Making a Drama Out of Biochemistry
From the Whiteboard to the Conference: Scaffolding Conference-style Poster Presentations
The Importance of Blue Sky Research
19 Competition: Unscramble
20 ASBMB 2019 International Plenary Speaker Profiles
22 ASBMB 2019 Symposium Speakers
23 Melbourne Protein Group: an ASBMB Special Interest Group
24 ASBMB Shimadzu Education Award Report
26 Intellectual Property
Patenting Inventions in the Microbiome Space
29 Queen’s Birthday Honours for ASBMB Members
31 ASBMB Awards 2020
33 Election of Council 2020
33 Annual General Meeting of ASBMB
34 New ASBMB Members
35 Forthcoming Meetings
36 Our Sustaining Members
41 ASBMB Council
42 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.