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From Elementary Chemical Processes to Complex Biological Structures for the Benefit of Life and Human Health

Activity by Carlo Mealli   |   added on Apr 08, 2011   |   Italy Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): CNR (Italy), ICSU,

A scientific day dedicated to chemistry in coincidence with the General Assembly of the International Cuncil of Science (ICSU). Lectures of six most renmowned speakers including three Nobel Laureates



Florence, September 23rd 2011 Aula Magna – Università di Firenze Piazza San Marco 4 9.30 am Website, Six speakers of excellence, including three Nobel Laureates, will discuss on the topic: “From Elementary Chemical Processes to Complex Biological Structures for the Benefit of Life and Human Health”

Italy and the National Research Council (CNR) host in Rome (Sept. 27 – 30, 2011) the 30th General Assembly of ICSU. The Florentine event is held in honour of the delegates of about 30 scientific Unions, but it is also opened the reaserchers, teachers and interested people in atomic and molecular sciences and their applications for better life and environment. In particular the event is organized by the Italian representatives to the Union of Crystallography (Carlo Mealli for the IUCr), Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Emilia Chiancone for the IUBMB) and Pure and Applied Chemistry (Mario Malinconico for the IUPAC). It is also sponsored by various Institutions. Bursaries to participate to the event will be offered to young researchers.

The six speakers in alphabetic order are all renowned international authorities in their fields:

Reiko Kuroda (Japan), member of the Science Council of Japan and Vice-President of ICSU. She is an expert in chiral chemical structures and their implications for molecular and developmental biology. Due to her well recognized knowledge of structural biology, she has been a key-note speaker in the recent IUCr world congresses.

Sine Larsen is the President of the IUCr, and Director of the MAX IV laboratory, the Swedish synchrotron in Lund. Formerly she was Director of Research at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble, France. She is a structural chemist and structural biologist with a deep knowhow on the use of crystallographic methods at large scale facilities like synchrotrons in the study of new materials like complex biological molecules, nanoparticles aimed to improve the quality of human life.

Yan Tseh Lee (Taiwan), Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 1986 and president-elect of ICSU. Prof. Lee has provided seminal contributions in spectroscopic studies of chemical through crossed molecular beams. The knowledge of the elementary processes is the basis to explore the complex biological environment.

Andrea Mattevi is an Italian biologist (University of Pavia), who investigates medically relevant enzymes with interesting chemical properties and unusual catalytic functions. He complements the X-ray crystallographic studies with molecular biology methodologies, analysis of enzyme kinetics and computational chemistry. He has applied these approaches to the development of new pharmaceuticals to be used in neurodegenerative diseases.

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan (UK), Nobel Laureate in Chemistry in 2009, has provided a great impulse to understand how the factory of proteins (ribosome) works. The mechanism of DNA translation into proteins represents a major breakthrough in life and health sciences, which is the key topic of the symposium.

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Topic: celebrating chemistry, conferences, life-science, wider science Audience: research scientists, universities, undergraduate and graduate students, post doctors, general public
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