[Bionews] Conference announcement: First African Structural Biology (FASB) Conference 2006

FASB Organisers info at kevex.emu.uct.ac.za
Thu Jun 29 08:17:30 EST 2006

The First African Structural Biology Conference

*Macromolecular Structure, Health and Biotechnology in Developing

/The Wilderness, South Africa
24-27 October 2006/


The First African Structural Biology (FASB) conference will be held in
The Wilderness, South Africa. Structural Biology is fundamental to
rational drug design and central to the drug discovery process. The
conference will focus on the contributions and potential contributions
of Structural Biology to science in Africa with some emphasis on
biotechnology and health.

In particular, the conference has the following aims:

   1. To promote structural biology in Africa, particularly in South Africa
   2. To discuss contributions to the relief of disease, especially, TB,
      AIDS and malaria that have been made through an understanding of
      macromolecular structure
   3. To provide the opportunity for South African students and
      scientists to meet and interact with some of the leading
      Structural Biologists in several fields that are relevant to our
   4. To explore the merit and practicality of studying macromolecular
      structure in Africa
   5. To discuss strategic and funding policies for structural biology
      and benchmark South Africa against other developing countries,
      notably Brazil and India
   6. To identify projects of interest to the South African community in
      which structural analysis could play a role.

We are fortunate in having a number of speakers who have been successful
in this area and who have applied their minds to the diseases of the
developing world.

Expression of interest and registration forms can be submitted online by
visiting our website: http://sbio.uct.ac.za/conference

*Conference Organizer: *
Trevor Sewell
Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine
Wolfson Pavilion, Level 3
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town
Anzio Road
Observatory 7925
South Africa
Tel.: +27-21-6502817
Fax: +27-21-6891528
E-mail: sewell at uctvms.uct.ac.za

*Conference Organizing Committee:*
Dr Arvind Varsani (arwind at science.uct.ac.za)
Professor Girish Kotwal (gkotwal at curie.uct.ac.za)
Professor Ed Sturrock (sturrock at curie.uct.ac.za)
Dr Muhammed Sayed (msayed at uwc.ac.za)
Dr David Pugh (dpugh at uwc.ac.za)
Miss Amanda Gillespie (info at fasb.uct.ac.za)
Miss Eulashini Chuntharpursat (eulashini at uctbc1.uct.ac.za)
Mrs Miranda Waldron (mwaldron at uctvms.uct.ac.za)

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