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) 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


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