Written by Christiane Helene Comique
Contributions from: Kim Claudette J. Fernandez, Gelo Saavedra, and Gracia Fe B. Yu
25th FAOBMB international conference
The 25th FAOBMB International Conference and 43rd Annual Meeting of the Philippine Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PSBMB) was held in Manila at the Philippine International Conference Centre from 5–7 December, 2016. The convenor was Professor Gracia Fe Yu from the University of the Philippines, and the meeting’s theme was focused on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Health and Wellness, with an emphasis on translation of natural products.
The local organising committee, comprising Professor Gracia Fe Yu, Dr Apolinario Yambot (President of PSBMB) and Dr John Donnie Ramos (Immediate Past President of PSBMB) delivered a lively and highly interactive meeting. There were more than 575 participants, including 60 foreign delegates, of which there were nine plenary speakers. Particularly notable were the vibrant interactions between students and international delegates, and the organisers should be congratulated for facilitating sessions to maximise student involvement.