After more than three years, the Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PSBMB) has again spearheaded the RevUp (REView and UPdates) seminar-workshop at the Regional Science Research Center, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the Mindanao State University - General Santos City Campus last September 28 and 29, 2017. This year’s RevUp was entitled “Continuing Education Workshop Series in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biotechnology and Ethics” where lecturers from different universities nationwide shared their knowledge and expertise to secondary and tertiary level teachers from South Cotabato and nearby provinces.
The seminar-workshop focused on the principles and applications of biochemistry and molecular biology in different fields like agriculture, forensics, health and medicine. Activities prepared by facilitators or “Movers” from the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of the University of the Philippines - Diliman gave the 39 participants a hands-on experience of the different concepts of fundamental molecular biology topics. This RevUp featured a “wet lab” activity wherein the teacher-participants extracted DNA from banana using common household materials such as dishwashing liquid and salt. Several pen-and-paper activities were also done to further enhance the knowledge imparted by the speakers.
Since its conceptualization in 2004, this RevUP is the 17th installment and only the second time it was held in Mindanao. Hundreds of educators from all over the country have participated and brought their renewed knowledge in their respective institutions. The PSBMB Mindanao Chapter took pride as this was the first RevUP that they organized after their establishment a few years ago.
Call for Papers
SCIENTIFIC PAPERS FOR ORAL AND POSTER PRESENTATION
PSBMB members and interested participants are invited to send their papers for presentation. Submitted papers must contain new data that has not yet been presented in any other scientific conference. Please email your abstracts to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission of entries is EXTENDED to October 15, 2017.
YOUNG SCIENTISTS' FORUM
The Young Scientists' Forum (YSF) was established in 1995 as a competition for the undergraduate research projects. This is to encourage undergraduate students to actively pursue their research interests in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. Interested participants are requested to submit their extended abstracts not later than EXTENSION: October 15, 2017. Email to email@example.com.
GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
The organizers for the upcoming ConBio 2017 (Consortium of Biological Sciences 2017) in Kobe, Japan this coming December 6-9, 2017 announced the opening of the submission of late abstracts.
Application Period: September 1-21, 2017
Abstract submission has been closed on July 24, however, the organizers assume there are some more researchers with latest accomplishments. To make the meeting more meaningful, they would like to call for papers as “Late-breaking Abstracts” from those who could not make it in time for the former deadline.
Please note that abstract submission may be closed before the application deadline if the number of submission exceeds the space limitations. (up to approximately 700 abstracts)
*An announcement will be posted on this page if abstract submission is closed before the deadline.
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The conference fee shall be Php 2,500, covering meals during the scientific sessions and conference materials. Accommodations and travel costs are excluded from the fee.
Call for Papers
Everyone is encouraged to submit abstract for poster presentation. Cash prize will be given to each winner of the Best Poster Competition. Submission of abstracts is now closed.
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The 44th PSBMB Annual Convention will be held at the historic and majestic Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City with the theme – “Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: From Niche to the Nation” on November 27-30, 2017. Biochemistry and molecular biology is exposited as a scientific thread of knowledge core to the mechanism of change in the local setting of the niche, spanning across the nation, the mastery of which drives advances in the frontiers of agro-fisheries, biotechnology, health and wellness, biodiversity and environment. The convention aims to showcase the current advances in biochemistry and molecular biology in the country and beyond, and bring together the PSBMB members and participants to share their knowledge and experiences in a spirit of camaraderie and bliss.
In this convention, topics related to advances in biochemistry and molecular biology in health and wellness, agro-fisheries, environment and biodiversity, microbes and biotechnology and biochemical education will be highlighted. Interested participants are invited to send their papers for oral and poster presentations.
Among the highlights of the annual convention are the Clara Lim-Sylianco (CLS) Lecture and the Young Scientist’s Forum (YSF). The CLS lecture is a tribute to National Scientist Clara Y. Lim-Sylianco, a foremost Filipino biochemist and eminent expert on organic chemistry. The YSF is a competition for the undergraduate research projects. This is to encourage undergraduate students to actively pursue their research interests in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology.
This convention is an excellent venue for commercial organizations to exhibit their products and services. The PSBMB invites the country’s leading laboratory suppliers and distributors to exhibit their laboratory instruments, books, and chemicals and give exhibitor's lecture.
The PSBMB is an affiliate of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) and represents the Philippines in the International Union of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (IUBMB). The society has active members from universities, colleges, research and industrial institutions in the country and abroad. Membership to the PSBMB is open to professionals and students in the field of biochemistry and molecular biology and related areas.
The Southern Luzon Chapter with members from Regions IV and V will be the host of this year’s convention. This chapter was launched in 2014 to promote biochemistry and molecular biology research and education in the region.
The organizers look forward to seeing and welcoming you to this stellar meeting in Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay City, Philippines.
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES MANILA Professor IV Dr. Gracia Fe B. Yu acted as overall organizing chair of the PSBMB International Conference 2016 last 5-7 December 2017. The event, which she labored for over a year, was a big success bringing about the society in the international picture. Dr. Yu is an active member of the society and have initiated many projects for the improvement of PSBMB including the international conference.
4 August 2017, Dr. Philip Nagley, the Secretary General of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) announced that Dr. Gracia Fe B. Yu of the Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is the new Chair of the FAOBMB Education Committee. She has been actively involved in the Executive council and hosted the last conference.
Nominations were called for the position whose service will commence 1 January 2018 and were closed on 24 July 2017.
The FAOBMB - ConBio 2017 Conference will be held at Kobe, Japan on 6-9 December 2017. Pre-registration (3 July - 16 October 2017) is CURRENTLY OPEN.
Submission of Abstracts are now CLOSED.
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The PSBMB hosted 25th FAOBMB Conference held in Manila, Philippines last December 2016 is featured in the latest edition (May 2017, Issue #3) of the IUBMB News, under the article "FAOBMB - A Focus on the Development of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Asian and Oceanian Region" by Phillip Nagley (Secretary General of FAOBMB). This article can also be found on the FAOBMB webpage at: http://faobmb.com/about-faobmb/regional-role/. For more IUBMB News, visit the IUBMB webpage at: www.iubmb.org or join the Friends of IUBMB at: http://iubmb.org/friends-of-iubmb/.
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FAOBMB Award for Research Excellence 2017
The FAOBMB Award for Research Excellence is awarded annually to a distinguished biochemist or molecular biologist, based on work carried out predominantly within the FAOBMB region. The work should reflect excellence of scientific contributions to the field and sustained research productivity. Nominations of suitably qualified candidates are encouraged. The Award Winner will received a trophy and present his or her work as a FAOBMB Lecture in a plenary session at the Annual FAOBMB meeting, this year at the FAOBMB-ConBio2017 Conference to be held in Kobe, Japan, 6-9 December 2017. Details, including previous winners, award benefits, Guidelines and the Nomination Form can be accessed from the FAOBMB Webpage at: www.faobmb.com or click this link: http://faobmb.com/awards/faobmb-award-for-research-excellence/
The deadline for nominations is 1 May 2017
FAOBMB Entrepreneurship award 2017
The FAOBMB Entrepreneurship Award is awarded triennially to a biochemist or molecular biologist for outstanding achievement in entrepreneurship in biochemistry or molecular biology, especially innovation and creativity in research and technology, and their translation to broader aspects. The Award Winner will present her or his work at the Annual FAOBMB Conference in the year of the Award, this year at the FAOBMB-ConBio2017 Conference to be held in Kobe, Japan, 6-9 December 2017. Details, including previous winners, award benefits, Guidelines and the Application Form the can be accessed from the FAOBMB Webpage at: www.faobmb.com or click this link: http://faobmb.com/awards/faobmb-entrepreneurship-award/
The deadline for applications is 1 May 2017
FAOBMB Special Travel Fellowships for the IUBMB Education conference in israel, September 2017
Detailed Guidelines and the Application Forms can be found on this link: http://faobmb.com/events/event/new-horizons-in-biochemistry-and-molecular-biology-education-rehovot-israel-6-8-september-2017/
Note that eligible applicants should also consider applying for a Bursary directly from the IUBMB Education Conference (details are available at the Conference website http://www.weizmann.ac.il/conferences/NHBMB2017/call-proposals).
Applications close on 1 May 2017
FAOBMB Special Travel Fellowships for the FAOBMB-conbio 2017 conference in Japan, December 2017
FAOBMB Travel Fellowships will be awarded for the 26th FAOBMB Conference (ConBio2017) to be held in Kobe, Japan, during 6-9 December, 2017.
Applications for these fellowships are now invited from well qualified Graduate students/ postdoctoral fellows/ early career Biochemists and/or Molecular Biologists, from the FAOBMB region and not more than 40 years of age at the date of the application deadline (31 July 2017).
Detailed Guidelines and the Application Forms can be found on the following section of the FAOBMB webpage: http://faobmb.com/fellowships/travel-fellowship-to-faobmb-conference/
Successful applicants for these fellowships in 2017 will each be given the opportunity to give an oral presentation on their research work in a session of the 26th FAOBMB Conference to be held in Kobe in December 2017
Applications close on 31 July 2017
Written by Christiane Helene Comique
Contributions from: Kim Claudette J. Fernandez, Gelo Saavedra, and Gracia Fe B. Yu
25th FAOBMB international conference