Impressions from IUPAB 2014

>>> Posted by Admin - 22/08/2014

After years of hard work by the organising committee, the Australian Society for Biophysics was proud to welcome more than 900 delegates to the 2014 International Biophysics Congress at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The conference was a feast of Biophysics! It started with a public lecture by Professor Stephen Curry, Professor of Structural Biology at Imperial College London and science writer, to mark the International year of crystallography . In his lecture, Prof. Curry recounted the origin of X-ray crystallography and how this amazing technique has not only transformed modern science but how we view our world. After the official opening ceremony, Nobel Prize winner Prof. Brian Kobilka presented an update on his latest advancements in the field of G-protein-coupled receptors. What followed was four days of lectures and poster presentations illustrating the richness and diversity of biophysics research. Photos from the congress can be found here.

Alan Mark is awarded the Bob Robertson Award

>>> Posted by Admin - 22/08/2014

At the recent IUPAB 2014 in Brisbane, Prof. Alan Mark from the University of Queensland was awarded the 2014 Bob Robertson Award for his contribution to the field of computational chemistry. His work has significantly advanced our understanding of the macromolecular properties of biomolecular systems. In particular his efforts in the development of improved force fields and the application of free energy calculations have made a lasting impact on the field of computational chemistry.
Alan was warded his PhD from the Australian National University, which was followed by postdoctoral positions at the University of Groningen and ETH Zurich. In 1998 he was appointed Professor of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Groningen. In 1998, Alan Mark returned to Australia on a Australian Research Council (ARC) Federation Fellowship. Since 2005, Alan is the head of the Molecular Dynamics group at the University of Queensland . The work of his group includes structure prediction, protein and peptide folding, the self-assembly of protein/lipid complexes, modelling of cell receptors and other membrane proteins and the calculation of thermodynamic properties such as ligand binding affinities. Congratulations on behalf of all members of the Australian Society for Biophysics. Photos of Alan Mark's presentation can be found here

Frances Separovic is elected Secretary of the US Biophysical Society

>>> Posted by Admin - 20/08/2014

Frances Separovic, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne and immediate past president of the Australian Society for Biophysics, has been elected Secretary of the US Biophysical Society . She will begin her four-year term on July 1, 2015. She has been a member of the Society since 1985. Congratulations to Frances on behalf of all members of the ASB.