The FEBS – Federation of European Biochemical Societies – is one of the largest European organisations for biochemistry, molecular cell biology and molecular biology. The congress, which runs from 26 June to 1 July, is the first to be held in Sweden for almost 20 years. Representatives of the media are invited to follow the entire congress on-site at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.

Neanderthal man’s genes in modern man
Nobel Laureates Elizabeth Blackburn, Venki Ramakrishnan, Roger Tsien and John Walker will be accompanied by speakers including…
• Svante Pääbo, who will be talking about his work to analyse Neanderthal man’s genes, many of which are still to be found in modern man.
• Susan Lindquist, on how the body’s own proteins can change and harm us.
• Juleen Zierath, who will be speaking about life-style diseases, in other words metabolic illnesses linked to overweight.
• Thomas Nyström, on what happens when new cells split off from old ones, a factor of considerable importance in human ageing.

Designed bacterias
The spotlight will also be on…
• The new research field of systems biology, which endeavours to understand biological processes using mathematical modelling.
• Synthetic biology, which is about designing new biological functions, for example changing bacteria so that they can produce medicines.
• Women’s role in research. This will include the presentation of the “Women in Science Award” for the third time. 2010’s winner is Ingrid Grummt of the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. A third of the speakers at the congress are women, which is an over-representation given the number of female professors in biology and medicine.

High school science teachers invited
The FEBS congress will also offer upper-secondary science teachers in the Gothenburg area the unique opportunity to attend two of the congress’s workshops free of charge. On 28 June a number of very interesting international researchers and educationalists will gather to discuss how scientific research can become a natural part of upper-secondary education. The FEBS congress also features a special forum for young researchers: Young Scientist Forum – Life of Molecules.

The event is to be hosted by the Swedish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SFBM) and the Norwegian Biochemical Society (NBS).

Read more about the FEBS congress and programme at: www.febs2010.org

Facts about the Nobel laureates

Elizabeth Blackburn (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009)
“for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase”
– the prize was awarded to three laureates.
Elizabeth H Blackburn is an Australian and American citizen. She was born in 1948 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, studied at the University of Melbourne, obtained her PhD in 1975 at the University of Cambridge, and went on to conduct research at Yale University, New Haven, United States. During the 1980s she was a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and then in 1990 she became a Professor of Biology and Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Venki Ramakrishnan (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009)
“for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome”
– the prize was awarded to three laureates.
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan is an American citizen, and was born in 1952 in Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. He obtained his PhD in physics in 1976 at Ohio University, United States. He currently holds the post of Senior Scientist and Group Leader in the Structural Studies Division at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England.

Roger Tsien (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2008)
“for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP”
– the prize was awarded to three laureates.
Roger Y Tsien is an American citizen and was born in 1952 in New York. He obtained his PhD in physiology at the University of Cambridge in 1977. He has held the post of Professor and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States since 1989.

John Walker (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1997)
“for their elucidation of the enzymatic mechanism underlying the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)”
– the prize was awarded to three laureates.
John E Walker was born in 1941 in Halifax in the United Kingdom. He gained an MA and DPhil at Oxford University, and has held the post of Senior Scientist at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge since 1982. He was elected to the Royal Society in London in 1995.

CONTACT: Professor Stefan Hohmann, Department of Cell- and Molecular Biology at the University of Gothenburg, and chairman of SFBM
+46 31 360 8488
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