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
specifically focused on bioinorganic chemistry with such an international
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
An excursion on the Island Queen will
acquaint the participants with the beautiful landscape that surrounds Parry
Sound and the coastline of
. 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
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
Undergraduate courses continue to be developed, for example The
University of Western Ontario offers courses at 2nd and 3rd
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.
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,
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
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.
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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