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ASBMB 2019

Event date:  1 – 3 October 2019
Venue: Perth

It’s an exciting time for Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) as we continue to grow and change. ASBMB 2019 is the first “new” biannual meeting of the ASBMB that will be interspersed with future biannual ComBio meetings. ASBMB 2019 will be held at the Fremantle Esplanade Hotel in Perth’s port city of Fremantle, which is within walking distance of a range restaurants, breweries, hotels and apartments.

The 3-day program (Tuesday 1st October – Thursday 3rd October 2019) will feature a number of overseas plenary presentations, society speciality lectures, poster sessions, 3-minute poster presentations and an E/MCR mini-symposium are also planned. The scientific program of the conference will include the themes:

  • Gene Editing
  • RNA Biology
  • Drug Discovery

Confirmed plenary speakers include Lingling Chen and Tom Blundell.

Lingling Chen is a molecular and RNA biologist from the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology (CAS), China. She developed methods for the genome-wide discovery and characterization of nonpolyadenylated RNAs, which led to the identification of sno-processed lncRNAs and circular RNAs. She also showed that some sno-processed lncRNAs are conspicuously absent in people with the neurodevelopmental genetic disorder Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS).

Tom Blundell is a biochemist and structural biologist from the University of Cambridge in the UK. He was a member of the team that solved the first structure of a protein hormone, insulin and has since made contributions to structural biology of polypeptide hormones, growth factors, receptor activation, signal transduction and DNA double-strand break repair. He has been involved in drug discovery with many drugs moved to clinical trials. He has developed software for protein modelling and understanding the effects of mutations on protein function, leading to new approaches to structure-guided and fragment-based lead discovery.

One of the missions of the ASBMB is to increase diversity and inclusion in our scientific community. We have a zero tolerance for harassment of any kind and we hope to lead our society into the future as a more inclusive and diverse community. Share openly, be respectful, form new collaborations and enjoy beautiful Perth!

Warmest Regards,

Nic Taylor
Chair ASBMB 2019
on behalf of the ASBMB 2019 Executive Committee



39th Annual Meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society

2-5 December 2019

Adelaide, South Australia

The annual meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) is one of the largest annual biological conferences in the Australasian region, typically with over 700 delegates. It spans all areas of neuroscience and features international and regional plenary lectures, symposia, oral and poster sessions. ANS meetings have strong postgraduate student and early career researcher representation. The 2019 meeting will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, which is centrally located in Adelaide (close to accommodation and all amenities), the beautiful capital city of the state of South Australia. Numerous satellite meetings are being planned and will be listed on the conference website as they are confirmed. By visiting our website, you can sign up to stay informed of program developments and registration/abstract submission deadlines.