The Metals in Biology GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The conference program includes a diverse range of speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, concentrating on the latest developments in the field. The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field.
Forty percent of proteins containing metals. This meeting focuses on the diverse and critical roles that metal centers play in a wide range of essential biological processes. These metal ions form and stabilize biomolecular structures; carry molecules, ions, and electrons; serve as catalytic centers; and participate in regulation and signaling. We also will cover the mechanisms by which metals influence the global carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen cycles and how organisms exchange (acquire, utilize, and export) metals with their environment. This MIB will also focus on recent advances in metalloprotein structural and computational biochemistry and the design and synthesis of bioinspired molecules (especially catalysts) to yield detailed insights into biological function, while also moving the field of inorganic chemistry in new directions. Sessions will also describe advances in the roles of metals in cell biology and medicine.
The MIB GRC brings together scientists from diverse backgrounds to present and discuss recent progress in this area. Experts in chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science, and biomedicine at a range of career stages will participate. The conference includes dedicated discussion time after each lecture and during poster sessions as well as free times for informal discussions during the afternoons.
The Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) in Bioinorganic Chemistry is closely associated with the MIB GRC. This meeting typically draws graduate and postdoctoral students from a variety of laboratories studying metals in biology. The GRS overlaps with the MIB GRC meeting for one evening session, including a poster session that allows students to meet and interact with established scientists in their research areas. We specifically encourage graduate students and postdocs to take advantage of these unique educational opportunities and to participate in either the MIB GRC conference or the Bioinorganic Chemistry GRS or both.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by April 26, 2023. Please check back for updates.