1. News of the ‘New Medical Biochemistry’ at UCT

    October 14, 2015 by Adrienne_test Edkins_test

    Many SASBMB members will know of the Department/Division of Medical Biochemistry at UCT Medical School. Originally the department was headed by SASBMB founding member Wieland Gevers, then for a period by Mario Ehlers, followed by SASBMB (and IUBMB) stalwart Iqbal Parker and since 2008 by SASBMB Vice-president Pete Meissner. Members will be interested to know that we have recently ‘morphed’ and restructured Medical Biochemistry at UCT into a new department, called the Dept. of Integrated Biomedical Sciences (DIBMS).

    The new grouping of disciplines to form the new Department of Integrative Biomedical Sciences was selected according to commonality in teaching, training and research in our historic pre-clinical divisions of Medical Biochemistry and Computational Biology. Broadly the new department is now able to provide a new, focused departmental home for teaching, training and research in classical Biochemistry and Structural Biology, together with advanced, integrated computational and molecular sciences, including the related emergent molecular disciplines of Computational Biology, Systems and Chemical Biology.

    With this evolution comes the appointment of SASBMB member Ed Sturrock as the new Head of Department – who is to be congratulated. This accompanies the appointment of Pete Meissner to become the new Director of Postgraduate Studies at UCT. He retains his professorship in the new department and continues his research and work in the Porphyria & Liver Laboratories.

    The new DIBMS will be officially inaugurated on 20th October in the Faculty of Health Sciences (link of news report and new departmental website will be posted once available).

    Contributed by Peter Meissner (October 2015)

  2. Congress 2016

    October 7, 2015 by Adrienne_test Edkins_test

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    The 25th Congress of the South African Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will be hosted by the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Fort Hare in 2016. The theme chosen for the congress is “Celebrating Science” as the Society will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary and the University of Fort Hare their Centenary.

    The conference will be held at the East London International Convention Centre from Sunday 10th to Thursday 14th July 2016, with delegates arriving on Sunday afternoon for registration and a get-together, and departing on Thursday afternoon.

    As a tribute to the contributions made by our members of the last forty years, we will be trying to invite all past gold and silver medallists to join us in these celebrations. There will be six parallel sessions per day, covering the broad themes of:
    1) Protein and Peptide Biochemistry/Enzymology/Protein Structure and Function
    2) Infectious diseases (Malaria, TB, HIV etc.)
    3) Non-communicable/Genetic diseases (Diabetes, Heart Diseases, Cancer etc.)
    4) Omics (Proteomics/Genomics/Bioinformatics/Computational Biology/Metabolomics Transduction 5) Plant Biochemistry/Medicinal Plants/ and
    6) Developmental Biology/Hormone Research/Signalling.

    These will therefore provide an opportunity for us to recognise current exceptional research through Keynote addresses by national leaders in the various fields as well as providing opportunities for young biological scientists to present speed oral presentations during the six parallel sessions. Young scientist/senior students are therefore strongly encouraged to submit abstracts for oral and poster sessions.

    We look forward to welcoming you in East London!

    On behalf of the Organising Committee, Graeme Bradley

    For more information – www.sasbmbcongress.co.za