6th Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry

Tuesday 23rd - Saturday 27th May, 2017

Georgian Bay Evening" a water colour by John Stillman ©2006
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CanBIC-6 will start on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017.

98 speakers have confirmed their attendance!

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Symposium S9  Participants have all been notified.

On Line Registration is now *open*.

Abstract submission *closed*.

The Coach leaves at 5 pm on Tuesday May 23rd from the Marriott Toronto Airport HOTEL.  Free shuttle every 20 minutes from the airport.  Takes less than 10 minutes.

We are delighted to announce that Prof Alison Butler (UC Santa Barbara) is the 2017 Plenary Lecturer.

CanBIC (1,2,3,4 & 5) photos are available on the Shutterfly site (see below for more details).

Final Schedule-now-available

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 ·Click Here for the large CanBIC-6 Poster and here for the small Poster,

CanBIC-6 in 2017 Conference: arrive Tuesday 23rd May - depart Saturday, 27th May, 2017.



Please note that to board a plane outside Canada to fly to Canada you will need an ETA paid for and registered before checking in at the airport! (Unless USA resident). More...

·Please e-mail Martin Stillman if you would like further information.

·Yes, the CanBIC Coach will drive to Toronto Airport on Saturday 27th morning in 2017 - leaving at 8 am and arriving at Pearson Airport (YYZ) at 11:30 am - please make sure your flights leave at least after 1:30 pm (especially if you are going to a US destination).

Parry Sound Weather Forecast


·If you want to stay before or after CanBIC-6 in Toronto near the airport CanBIC currently has no active discounted rates for hotels at the YYZ Toronto Pearson airport – our apologies.

However, very good rates are available: we suggest

The Comfort Inn is about 1.5 kms North from the Marriott Hotel on Dixon Road (called Airport Road for the Comfort Inn).  Please book through a web application like Hotels.com

Comfort Inn Toronto Airport

2.5 stars.  6355 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON, L4V1E4, Canada

Has a free Airport Shuttle and you could take a bus along Airport Road the Marriott Hotel or a cheap taxi ride on Tuesday.


Please book rooms at the Comfort Inn and the Parry Sound Inn and Suites (was Microtel Inn) (group code to come soon) early because both fill up.  Please call the hotel directly now – there are rooms but not on the web.  The Trapper Inn and other smaller hotels and B & B also fill up. Please see the Hotels page for links.

Thank you to our sponsors.

·Yes, there will be Music at CanBIC-6 again.
- free admission - on Wednesday and Thursday.

·Hotel Booking


Instead of a hotel room, there are several B&B's.


·Georgian Bay Day - Group picture from 2011

·Pictures from CanBIC-1-5 and CanBIC-1-5 Group Pictures (to come soon)

·Pictures from CanBIC-1

·And also here on Shutterfly.

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CanBIC Overview

6th Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry

Stockey Centre, Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada







Martin Stillman (chair)

Department of Chemistry,

The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7


Tel: 1-519-661-3821

FAX: 1-519-661-3022

e-mail: (Conference Administration)  canbic@uwo.ca

(MJS) martin.stillman@uwo.ca


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Supported by The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada



Overview of the Conference

About the conference The 6th Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry (abbreviated as CanBIC-6 in 2017) continues the tradition established by the International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (ICBIC) that takes place around the world every two years of bringing together scientists researching the vitally important biological chemistry of metals.  This present conference may be the first in Canada specifically focused on bioinorganic chemistry with such an international participation. 

About the date and location of the conference  The conference will start in the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd May, 2017 with Registration at the Microtel Inn Parry Sound ( the “Conference Hotel”), continuing for 3 days in the Stockey Centre, Parry Sound, with parallel sessions from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  The Welcome Reception will take place in the Stockey Centre during the Wednesday evening.  An excursion on the Island Queen will acquaint the participants with the beautiful landscape that surrounds Parry Sound and the coastline of Georgian Bay .  A poster session will be held in the Stockey Centre during the Thursday evening.  A closing banquet will be held during the Friday evening in the Stockey Centre.  Coaches will depart an Airport Hotel close to Toronto Pearson Airport on the Tuesday afternoon and return to Pearson Airport (YYZ) depatrures on the Saturday morning.

About bioinorganic chemistry  Bioinorganic chemistry encompasses an extremely wide range of disciplines that in many cases cross many boundaries and the conferences, journals (see additional) and monographs concerning bioinorganic chemistry describe work from molecular biology to analytical chemistry to the toxic effects of metals to synthetic chemistry to spectroscopic methods involving an extremely wide range of tools and may be finally, to theoretical calculations.  The research concerns the metabolism of essential and toxic metals, the synthetic mimics and models of metals in biological molecules, synthetic approaches to duplicate biological function, the mechanistic details of metal function in biology, effects and therapeutic response to the toxicity of metals, metals as therapeutic agents.  As is clear, these research areas touch on all aspects of the well-being of human life, from nutrition to the environment to medical intervention.  Proteins are the work horses in life and metals are critical to more than 30% of all proteins.  How metals are transported into and out of organisms and how metals are incorporated into biologically important compounds to activate these compounds for function are key focuses of bioinorganic research.  Undergraduate courses continue to be developed, for example The University of Western Ontario offers courses at 2nd and 3rd year levels.

About the symposia to be offered The conference will comprise 3 days of talks and posters  the focus will be on the bioinorganic chemistry of the porphyrinoids (all rings; all metals; heme proteins), of the metallothioneins, of the Group 11 and 12 metals, of the toxic metals (especially As), and of other systems of bioinorganic interest. Symposia will include spectroscopic studies (including magnetic circular dichroism, resonance Raman, EPR, IR); structural aspects from NMR and XAFS techniques, and theoretical results (especially application of ground state DFT and TD-DFT calculations to metal binding sites in biological systems). The symposium on heme binding proteins will bring into focus approaches to alleviate the devastating effects of the MRSA bacteria now sweeping hospitals across North America.

About the relationship between this meeting and the National Chemistry Conference  This is usually a satellite meeting to the Canadian National Chemistry Conference.

About the organizing team  The international organising committee is Martin Stillman (U Western Ontario), chair, Prof. Nagao Kobayashi (Shinshu University, Ueda, Japan) Prof. John Dawson (U. S. Carolina, USA), and Prof. Frank Shaw (Illinois State, Normal, U. S. A. ).  The local organising committee is led by members of Martin Stillman's and Zhifeng's groups..

About support  The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, through the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Research Office are supporting the infrastructure.  Sponsors include to date Bruker Daltonics, Bruker BioSpin and the New Journal of Chemistry. But please see the Sponsors' Tab for more complete information.

About the ambience to think and talk science There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion in this beautiful location on the dock in Parry Sound. The International organizing committee encourages your participation through oral papers or posters in this exciting event.

How to register? REGISTRATION IS CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 2017  Online registration is easy – see the FAQ-Participants for comments about the registration process.

How to send an Abstract? ABSTRACT SUBMISSION IS CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 2017  Online is easy once you have registered, but note the deadline of 27th March for speakers and 7th April for poster presenters.

How to book a hotel?  Booking soon after you register in January, 2017 is important because there is limited space in the nearby hotels.

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