Paul Gleeson, FAOBMB Representative from Australia, reports on the FAOBMB Conference and Council Meeting held in Manila, the Philippines, during December 2016
The meeting commenced with welcome addresses from the FAOBMB President Professor Kiyoshi Fukui (Japan), the FAOBMB President-Elect, Professor Zengyi Chang (China) and the IUBMB President-Elect Professor Andrew Wang (Taipei, China). All three highlighted the importance of the regional alliances promoted by the FAOBMB and enthusiastically promoted further expansion of the organisation.
‘organs on chips’ for drug testing, a field which has now progressed to include multiple organs on a chip to analyse physiological systems; and an elegant presentation by Professor Ricky Johnson (Peter MacCallum Institute, Melbourne) on epigenetic regulation and the potential of HDAC inhibitors for treatment of leukemia.
and the major role of this pathway in innate inflammatory responses against bacteria. He described his very elegant approaches to define the intracellular sensors and effector machinery associated with pyroptosis. His studies have also revealed the unexpected finding that pyroptosis may well be the underlying mechanism for the non-classical secretion of IL-1b.
approach to teaching and he highlighted multiple mechanisms for engagement with students during lectures. He also presented examples of a range of creative prompts he uses to promote visual understanding of the concepts of biochemistry. Professor Yang has kindly consented to his talk being made available at the following link: http://faobmb.com/2017/01/09/iubmb-education-symposium-at-25thfaobmb-conference-held-in-manila-in-december-2016/
There were other excellent talks in the Education Symposium, including those given by Associate Professor Susan Rowland (Australia) and Professor Hoon Eng Khoo (Singapore); their presentations can also be found on the link above.
Dr Lahiru Gangoda (Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, La Trobe University) was one of eight Young Scientists who were successful in obtaining FAOBMB Travel Fellowships to attend the conference and to deliver oral presentations of their work. A unique feature of the program was the special young scientist forum, in which outstanding Filipino undergraduate research students presented their laboratory-based research projects. Five finalists were selected from over 30 applications for oral presentations in a very well attended session and all talks were of a very high standard. The international FAOBMB judges, including Wayne Patrick (New
Zealand) and Paul Gleeson (Australia), awarded the best presentation to Arman Ali Ghodsinia (National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of the Philippines) for his research on PI3 kinase mutations and oncogenesis.
The FAOBMB Council meeting was held prior to the conference program (Sunday 4 December, 2016), with Paul Gleeson as the Australian delegate (ASBMB representative).
The meeting was attended by delegates from 15 of the 21 constituent member countries and was chaired by the FAOBMB President, Professor Kiyoshi Fukui (Japan) (2014–2016) and the Secretary-General, Professor Phillip Nagley (Australia). The President highlighted in his report the initiatives by the FAOBMB, particularly in education and in strengthening the relationship with IUBMB. Three FAOBMB members are now serving on the Executive Committee of IUBMB, namely Professor Andrew Wang (Taipei, China) as President-Elect of IUBMB, Professor Janet Macaulay (Australia) with the portfolio of education and training and Dr Avadhesha Surolia (India) as member for publications. Professor Zengyi Chang, President-Elect for FAOBMB at the time of the Council meeting, took over as President from January 2017. Paul Gleeson indicated the considerable enthusiasm of the ASBMB to bid for the IUBMB congress in Melbourne in 2024 and the FAOBMB Council was supportive of this potential bid.
This report, written by Paul Gleeson, was published in the April 2017
issue of the Australian Biochemistand is reproduced with his permission.
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