[Immunology] Call for abstracts: Structural Biology in the BioEconomy (SBBE) 2012

Amanda via immuno%40net.bio.net (by admin from sbbe.co.za)
Tue Oct 30 04:45:31 EST 2012


A conference on =93Structural Biology for the Bioeconomy: Infectious Diseas=
es and Biotechnology=94 will be held at the University of Cape Town from 1 =
December to 2012 to 4 December 2012. The conference will immediately preced=
e the annual conference of the Microscopy Society of Southern Africa (4-7 D=
ecember 2012) and will be held in the same venue on the University of Cape =
Town campus.  The conference website is http://www.sbbe.co.za and more abou=
t the organisers can be found here: http://www.sbbe.co.za/structural-biolog=
y-conference-organisers/


Context
Work in the field of structure determination of protein and macromolecular =
complexes has made a real and significant impact on:
=95	The understanding of the mechanism of infection by pathogens
=95	The design of interventions in the form of drugs
=95	The design of preventative measures such as vaccines, barrier creams et=
c.
=95	The design of enzymes to make new industrial chemicals
=95	The design of novel herbicides and pesticides
=95	The design of energy efficient industrial processes exploiting engineer=
ed enzymes
=95	The use of engineered enzymes for environmental remediation
=95	The use of biomolecules to make novel =93bionanomachines=94
=95	The understanding of biological events so that novel strategies for int=
ervention in human health can be designed and produced or exploited to make=
 new devices.

The conference will focus on the above areas and will highlight structural =
biology and biophysics research of direct economic benefit. The purpose of =
the meeting would thus be to:
=95	further understanding of the interaction between Structural Biology and=
 Biophysics,
=95	promote awareness and development of Structural and Biophysics and asso=
ciated techniques at all levels in the Southern African region,
=95	further the exchange of knowledge w.r.t the latest research, results, t=
echniques, and ideas in all areas of Structural Biology and Biophysics,
=95	showcase the rapidly emerging South African research in Structural Biol=
ogy and Biophysics and the increasing numbers of excellent African research=
ers in this area,
=95	enable the South African researchers and students to hear presentations=
 of work by international counterparts,
=95	network and explore the possibilities of both local and international c=
ollaborations/partnerships, as well as interdisciplinary interactions,
=95	foster the educational and research potential of students interested in=
 pursuing Structural Biology and/or Biophysics as a career or major researc=
h tool, particularly those young researchers from previously disadvantaged =
communities


Themed areas of focus:
The conference will focus on the following 3 themes:
BioEconomy: By focusing on industrial enzymes as well as their optimization=
 with respect to their production, their thermal and chemical stabilization=
 as well as their catalytic efficiency. These are classical areas of biotec=
hnology, synthetic biology and nano-technology resulting in the large scale=
 production of modified enzymes world-wide to produce a large array of chem=
icals and biological products under mild conditions. The rate of developing=
 new products =96 both the enzymes themselves as well as commercial product=
s obtained by their use =96 is particularly high in this area of research=
=20
Health Innovation: By addressing and analyzing molecular processes underlyi=
ng infectious diseases. By investigating interacting proteins or enzymes cr=
itical to pathogenesis, the information obtained will directly flow into th=
e generation of new drugs to eradicate these diseases. In the case of South=
 Africa tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS result in particularly heavy burden on th=
e population though other infectious diseases such as cholera and bacterial=
 meningitis are also prevalent.=20
Human Capital Development: By providing access to excellent local and inter=
national researchers, postgraduate students will be exposed to cutting-edge=
 research. Through personal contacts students and supervisors will be able =
to identify new exchange laboratories, allowing them to partly train in the=
 partner country providing them with first-hand experience of methodologies=
 and techniques not normally available to them.

Involvement of Young Scientists=20
Both the number and the size of research groups in Structural Biology are g=
rowing steadily in South Africa reflecting the growing interest and partici=
pation of postgraduate students at all levels in this discipline. In additi=
on, interest in structural biological techniques and analyses is growing in=
 allied specializations in biotechnology and the health sector, significant=
ly increasing the pool of young scientists in from South Africa that will b=
enefit from this three-day conference. We hope to attract around 60 young s=
cientists and students from the various South African universities and from=
 the CSIR.



Thanks and kind regards,
Amanda Dominy
Conference Organiser - SBBE 2012
Salamander Conference and Event Management
Email: admin from sbbe.co.za
Cell: +27 (0) 84-313-1613
Tel: +27 (0) 21-556-0653
Fax: +27 (0) 86-513-1799
Google Talk: gillespie.amanda=20
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