A reinvention of our annual meeting

For decades, the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology was held under Experimental Biology, which merged us with several other scientific societies. In 2023, we will chart our own course by holding our annual meeting in Seattle. Save the date now for Discover BMB: March 25-28. We are delighted to share insights from our first stand-alone meeting in many years and some highlights of our scientific program.

The ASBMB annual meeting is now called Discover BMB. It will be held March 25-28 in Seattle.

Big changes, better integration

Once management has made a decision, such as completely changing the context in which our annual meeting takes place, nothing is sacrosanct. As a Solo Reunion, we can optimize our event schedule – make them more accessible with less overlap and better integrate our awards sessions.

As we have learned during the pandemic, the value of an in-person meeting is not in the dissemination of scientific information – it can happen in a virtual setting. An in-person meeting allows for scientific debate, community building, mentoring and networking. We strive to enhance the impact of our poster sessions with better programming and by including a reception with poster refreshments.

The ASBMB Meetings Committee, chaired by Vahe Bandarian, and the ASBMB staff are working hard to make the 2023 meeting an exciting gathering that enhances existing connections and catalyzes new and exciting networking opportunities. collaboration and networking. Stay tuned!

Programming the hottest trends

Karen N. Allen

We are enthusiastic about our 11 themes, centered on the latest advances and approaches in biochemistry and molecular biology. The emphasis on metabolism includes sessions on “Elementary Cycle Biochemistry,” a theme centered on microbes and our environment, and “Advances in the Metabolism of Organisms and Cells,” centering on physiology and disease.

The cell’s critical biomolecules are identified, engineered and exploited for a myriad of applications during sessions on “Frontiers in Carbohydrate Synthesis and Recognition”, “Lipid Dynamics and Signals in Membrane and Protein Structure and “RNA Regulation”.

Phase separation and the formation of biomolecular condensates are among the hottest topics at BMB. Their impact is reflected in their presence in several sessions. These sessions, offering diverse perspectives using different systems, are “Protein Machinery and Disorder”, “Organelles, Mechanisms and Phase Properties of Cellular Quality Control” and “Cell Signaling – New Tools and Emerging Concepts”.

Over the past five years, artificial intelligence and machine learning, better known as AI and ML, have taken a prominent place in our ability to perform and analyze BMB research. The scientific theme “AI and ML in structural biology, drug design and systems biology” highlights the ways in which researchers use these tools. At the same time, AI and ML can present challenges, as the theme “Bias in, bias out in data science” highlights. The “Education and Professional Development” session will include lectures dedicated to the uses of AI in BMB education.

In an upcoming issue of ASBMB Today you will see details of these exciting topics from our session organizers. We look forward to sharing with you the reinvention of our annual meeting and the rediscovery of what BMB is all about. See you in Seattle!

Discover the themes and organizers of the BMB symposia

Advances in the metabolism of organisms and cells
Nika Danial, Harvard Medical School, and Gary Patti, Washington University in St. Louis

AI and ML in Structural Biology, Drug Design and Systems Biology
Rommie E. Amaro, University of California, San Diego, and Celia Schiffer, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Bias in, bias out in data science
Allison C. Augustus–Wallace, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans

Elementary cycle biochemistry
Jennifer Dubois, Montana State University, and Sean Elliott, Boston University

Cell signaling – new tools and emerging concepts
Kevin Gardner, City University of New York, and Jin Zhang, University of California, San Diego

Education and professional development
Margaret Kanipes, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Frontiers in carbohydrate synthesis and recognition
Xi Chen, University of California, Davis, and Catherine Grimes, University of Delaware

Lipid dynamics and signals in membrane and protein structure
Michael Airola, Stony Brook University, and Robert V. Stahelin, Purdue University

Organelles, mechanisms and properties of cellular quality control phases
W. Mike Henne, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and Cheryl Kerfeld, Michigan State University

Protein and mess machines
Ivaylo Ivanov, Georgia State University, and Yan Jessie Zhang, University of Texas at Austin

RNA regulation
Daniel Dominguez, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Stacy Horner, Duke University

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