The Division works actively to support meetings that are of interest to our members, and to provide travel support to students and postdocs to attend the ACS National meeting.

ACS National Meeting

The 240th ACS National Meeting, August 22-26, 2010, Boston, MA

The ACS Division of Biological Chemistry will organize a program of talks and posters for the ACS Fall National Meeting in Boston, MA. The program will consist mainly of oral sessions composed of short 20 minute talks and poster sessions. Program Chair: J. Martin Bollinger, Jr., Department of Biochemistry, Pennsylvania State University.

The call for papers appeared in the January 22 issue of C&E News and is posted on the web. Abstracts for invited talks and poster presentations should be submitted online (see below). This records the abstract in the automated system that is used to organize this meeting. Abstracts for the Boston meeting can be submitted starting on January 25, 2010 and ending on April 1, 2010, at which time the website will be closed to further submissions. Instructions for authors, including procedures for incorporating graphics or equations in the abstract, can be accessed at this website.

Planned Symposia

  • Biogenesis of Enzyme Cofactors
  • Breakthroughs in Biochemistry
  • Current Topics in Biochemistry
  • Design, Discovery and Directed Evolution of Enzyme Activities
  • Goodman Award Symposium
  • Gordon Hammes ACS Biochemistry Lectureship
  • Hammes Lectureship Symposium
  • Lilly Award Symposium
  • Natural Product Biosynthesis
  • Pfizer Award Symposium
  • Repligen Award Symposium
  • Synthetic Chemistry for Biological Imaging, Quantitation and Discovery
  • The Chemistry of Epigenetic Regulation

Poster Presentations: Posters will be presented at several sessions during the week of the ACS meeting. The division encourages submission of abstracts for posters. Contributions on topics related to the themes of the organized symposia are particularly encouraged.

Submission of Abstracts: Abstracts for invited talks and poster presentations should be submitted online. This will record the abstract in the automated PACS system that is used to organize this meeting. Abstracts for the Boston meeting can be submitted starting January 25th and ending on April 1, 2010 (Midnight, EST), at which time the website will be closed to submissions. Instructions for authors, including procedures for incorporating graphics or equations in the abstract, can be accessed at this website.

Travel Awards The Division offers travel awards for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend the 240th ACS National Meeting from August 22-26, 2010. The level of support is $500, which can be used to offset travel costs and registration fees. Detailed information about these awards can be found on the nominations page.

Future National Meetings

241st ACS National Meeting, March 27-31, 2011, Anaheim, CA.

J. Martin Bollinger, Jr, Department of Biochemistry, Pennsylvania State University will serve as the Chair of the Program Committee for this meeting.

242nd ACS National Meeting, August 28-September 1, 2011, Denver, CO.

Dewey McCafferty, Department of Chemistry, Duke University will serve as the Chair of the Program Committee for this meeting.

Gordon Research Conferences

Bioorganic Chemistry

June 13 – 18, 2010. Proctor Academy, Andover, NH The Gordon Research Conference on Bioorganic Chemistry was founded in 1992 to bring together scientists from a range of disciplines to present and discuss cutting-edge research at the interface between chemistry and biology. Both fundamental and applied research relevant to academia and industry are highlighted. To maintain a balance between these areas, the conference is organized by two co-chairs, one from academia and one from industry. We emphasize the presentation of techniques or approaches that are broadly applicable across multiple areas of chemical and biological research. Traditionally, small molecules that probe, modulate, or mimic cellular components or processes as well as studies of biology at the molecular level have been of particular interest.

Enzymes Coenzyme and Metabolic Pathways

July 18 – 23, 2010. Waterville Valley Resort, Waterville, NH This conference will focus on molecular mechanisms of biochemical processes. In addition to the usual survey of enzyme catalysis, sessions will address new developments in metabolic pathways and natural product biosynthesis, examine exciting new breakthroughs in the evolution and design of enzymes, and explore recent advances in industrial enzymology, including novel pharmacological applications of enzymes. Topics include bacterial toxins, motor proteins, protein dynamics and metabolic engineering.

Isotopes In Biological & Chemical Sciences

February 14-19, 2010. Hotel Galvez – Galveston, TX This multi-disciplinary conference explores the frontiers of science in isotope research between chemistry and biology, with links to physics and other areas of the natural and applied sciences. The goal is the exchange of novel concepts and ideas between these scientific areas in order to stimulate future research that otherwise may not occur. The sessions and talks are arranged so that participants from different research areas, including students, are gradually introduced into the strongly developing field of the use of isotopes, starting from physical chemistry to biochemistry, with a special emphasis on hydrogen transfer and hydrogen bonding.

Metals in Biology

January 31 – February 5. 2010 Four Points Sheraton, Ventura, CA MIB brings together biologists, biochemists, chemists, and biophysicists interested in exploring the multitude of roles played by metal ions in biological systems. Topics typically include: the chemistry of metalloenzymes and proteins, metal homeostasis, metal-DNA interactions and signaling, metals in medicine, small molecule metal chelate complexes that mimic biological systems, and spectroscopy. The broad base of the conference leads to vigorous discussions, and often, long-term collaborations. Poster sessions allow everyone to participate. An associated GRS designed for students entitled Bioinorganic Chemistry immediately follows the GRC.

Regional ACS Meetings

Regional meetings of the American Chemical Society provide young chemists, particularly graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, the opportunity to make professional contacts and hone their presentation skills in a relatively low-key atmosphere. The Division of Biological Chemistry encourages its members to participate in the following regional meetings.

Conferences on Enzyme Mechanisms

Enzymology is a dominating interest of many of the members of the Division of Biological Chemistry. There are several national and regional conferences that highlight advances in our understanding of enzyme structure, function and mechanism.

Frontiers in Metallobiochemistry29th Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology, Frontiers in Metallobiochemistry

June 2 – 5, 2010 – This annual symposium, recognized as a major international scientific meeting, has built a tradition of excellence during the past 28 years. Once again an outstanding program of topics and speakers has been assembled. In addition to poster presentations, industrial exhibits will provide opportunities for participants to exchange information while viewing the latest biotechnology-oriented products and services applicable to this promising area of research and development. The average number of participants over the past twenty years has been in excess of 200.

Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference

October 16, 2010 – Northwestern University – Continuing a long-standing tradition of excellent science and collegial interactions, MECC 2010 is a one-day conference combining talks and posters at the forefront of enzymology and its interface with biological chemistry.

Everyone is invited: undergraduates deciding how and where the future lies; graduate students seeking to broaden their horizons and learn about techniques that will enrich their research; postdoctorals seeking a supportive yet truly expert audience, faculty recruiting for their new projects, research professionals placing their work in the context of the full variety of related research happening elsewhere, and industrial researchers showcasing the advances being made in addressing practical problems.

Posters are welcomed from all participants, but are not obligatory. Talks will be chosen from submitted abstracts to populate two morning sessions and one afternoon session, before we repair to the poster hall for a lively scientific discussion and celebratory reception.

Winter Enzyme Mechanisms Conference

January 2 – 6, 2011 – Don CeSar Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach, Florida The Enzyme Mechanisms Conference was founded in 1969 by Tom Bruice, Bill Jencks, and Myron Bender. The tradition of this biannual conference is to present the most recent advances in our understanding of the chemical mechanisms of enzyme-catalyzed reactions. The conference attracts a large audience from academia, industry, and government and is supported entirely by gifts from generous corporate sponsors and registration fees. Over the last 25 years, a tradition has been established that this winter conference alternates between coasts in a warm weather setting.

Texas Enzyme Mechanisms Conference

Jan. 8-9, 2010 – Austin, TX

Trends in Enzymology 2010

June 13-17, 2010 – Centro Stefano Franscini Ascona, Switzerland The third Trends in Enzymology meeting follows on successful meetings in Como, Italy, in 2006 and St. Malo, France, in 2008. The main goal of the conference is to bring together scientists from Europe and overseas to share their newest results and insights into the workings of nature’s chemical catalysts in a relaxed informal atmosphere resembling that of the American-based Gordon Research Conferences. We project to gather close to 120 participants to discuss the latest ideas on topics ranging from novel chemical and physical mechanisms of enzymes, new methods to monitor and modulate how they work, to novel applications. A second purpose of the Trends in Enzymology philosophy is to provide a European forum to enhance the participation of scientists, especially at the junior level, who rarely have the opportunity to attend the similarly stimulating and informal Gordon conferences. The program is designed to allow ample time for participants to interact socially and scientifically.

Southeastern Enzyme Conference

April 10, 2010 – Atlanta, GA The first Southeastern Enzyme Conference. SEC 2010 is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and independent investigators to share their common interest in enzymes, get to know new colleagues and friends, or meet them once again. SEC 2010 will be a one-day event on Saturday, April 10th, with six talks selected by the Program Chair out of the list of submitted abstracts and a two-hour poster session. A keynote talk will conclude the event by mid-afternoon. The event is modeled and complements the long-time running and well-established Midwest Enzyme Chemistry Conference, which has been held in Chicago, IL, for twenty-nine years, and the Texas Enzyme Mechanisms Conference in Austin, TX, of more recent establishment.