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
·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
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
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 roomsat 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.
The photographs show scenes of the Stockey Centre and
the Georgian Bay region in good weather and bad! Click 'Home' to rotate
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In memory of C Frank Shaw III (1944 – 2016)
With great sadness we report the sudden death of our very dear friend
Frank Shaw on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 in Normal, Illinois at the age of 72.
Frank and Martin began discussing the wonders of metallothioneins in 1986
when they decided to organize a Pacifichem symposium
devoted to metallothioneins and similar proteins and molecules (December,
1990). From that meeting came the book "Metallothioneins: Synthesis,
Structure and Properties of Metallothioneins, Phytochelatins and Metal-Thiolate Complexes", coedited by Frank, Kazuo Suzuki in Japan
(deceased), and Martin. (Published, in 1992). Subsequently, after several
meetings, Frank joined Martin and Nagao Kobayashi (then at Tohoku University,
Sendai, Japan) to found the CanBIC conferences that take place every two years
in Parry Sound, Ontario. The first of which ran in May, 2007. Frank was a
stalwart organizer, a strong supporter of the CanBIC venture and a very good
friend to all. He enjoyed the slightly quirky environment of the choice of
Parry Sound for a serious international scientific conference - it amused him
in the nicest of ways. Those who knew Frank will recognize his generous nature
and the amusement he found in the Stockey Centre and
the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame! He was arranging the speakers for CanBIC-6 that
will take place in May 2017, when he died. Martin received a final message and
spreadsheet file just an hour or so before he was found in his car about to
drive home. We fondly remember his very many kindnesses and overall good humour for those last 30 years. We will miss him very much.
We send our sympathies for this unfair, early loss to Meral,
his wife and his children (Bryan and Jennifer) and his grandchildren.
We share a few memories of our friend from CanBICs in the
Message from Martin Stillman,
CanBIC-6 will take start on Tuesday evening, 23rd May, 2017 with Registration at the Parry Sound Inn and Suites (formerly Microtel Inn), Parry Sound, with Opening Ceremonies at 8:40 am in the Stockey Centre Main Hall on Wednesday, 24th May. The Plenary Lecture by Prof Alison Butler (University of California at Santa Barbara) will end the day late on Wednesday, before the first of two short violin and pino recitals. The Banquet will be on Friday evening, 26th May, 2017. We will organize the CanBIC Coach from the Marriott Toronto Airport, which is near Toronto's Pearson Airport (YYZ) on Tuesday 23rd afternoon (5 pm) returning on Saturday 27th at 8 am. (As a quick note: if you want to use the coach - and Parry Sound is 250 kms north of Toronto - aim to arrive at YYZ before 4 pm on the 23rd and leave after 2 pm on the 27th).
CanBIC-5 was a terrific success thanks to wonderful participants, Harry Gray as the Plenary Speaker, exciting science, a beautiful location and very hard-working teams of students, volunteers, and Stockey Centre staff. And, also, many thanks go to the three muscians for many magical moments. We are sure that CanBIC-6 will be as successful and invite you to join us. We invite you to check out the photos from the past 5 CanBICs - see "News" for urls. And, many of the CanBIC-5 talks were published as a special, CanBIC issue of J Inorganic Biochemistry as were the talks from CanBIC 1, 2, 3 and 4.
There will be pver 90 invited talks, a poster session with poster up for the full 3 days, and an oral session for graduates and PDFs, and of course, the Plenary Lecture - this year prof Alison Butler. We have contracted the musicians - Katie Stillman and Miaomiao Yu - once again for 2 short recitals on the Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The Welcome Recption will be on the Wednesday evening. We are pleased to report that the Island Queen boat is back in service and we are booked for a 2 hour cruise on Thursday afternoon, 25th May.
Please see the "Events" tab for scheduling details that we know at this point in time. Please note that the cheapest rates are in Janury, 2017 for all, and you need to register to be able to submit your absatrct. Deadlines are firm.
I am delighted to welcome you to CanBIC, a small and specialised conference devoted to the
biological chemistry of metals to be held in this wonderful setting. The
development of ever more powerful techniques both experimental and
theoretical has allowed research to delve in detail into this remarkable
chemistry. Where science has had a few hundred years to refine chemical
mechanisms, Nature has had a billion years and the results are staggering
in their exquisite refinement, from the delicate tuning that allows iron
to bind oxygen reversibly to the miraculous operation of the nervous
system, there is much to study and then mimic synthetically. There is a
downside in the toxic effects of almost all metals at some concentration.
These effects too need detailed and careful study. The symposia offered
over the three days in Parry Sound bring together scientists from across
the world who directly research these areas - the location in the
beautifully rugged Parry Sound, Ontario will foster discussion and
collaborations. We expect over 150 participants, including many from outside North America. We welcome students and pdfs and the Registration rates are significantly reduced from you. There are several hotels in Parry Sound of all rates - and all very close to the Stockey Centre - and even camping, as well as cottages, and you can easily share rooms with the typical North American layout of two large beds in moty rooms.
Come and celebrate Bioinorganic Chemistry in the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay. Plan to stay a few extra days to explore the coast and the Provincial Parks - especilly the fantastic Algonquin Park for canoeing and Killarney Provincial Park for exploring the fantastic scenery. (Check out both online).
We are excited to offer a contributed oral symposium (#9) for students and pdfs again in 2017 - from the submitted abstracts selected students and post docs will be invited to contribute an oral presentation in place of a poster. The key to an invitation is to plan ahead and submit your abstract for consideration early in 2017 (and well before the deadline!).
Message from Professor Charmaine Dean,
Dean of the Faculty of Science,
Welcome to the sixth Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry. Once again, outstanding minds come together for discussion, exploration, consultation and collaboration to address global interests in the study of metals and their impact on biological systems. As a network of innovators, take this wonderful opportunity to share novel techniques and to explore scientific insights into problems of interest to multiple communities, from the fundamental scientists and government policy-makers to environmental advocacy groups and private industry. As you enjoy the spectacular landscapes of Georgian Bay, remember also the value of mentorship to inspire and elevate the understanding of the next generation of investigators. Congratulations to Martin Stillman and the entire organizing committee for crafting such an excellent conference agenda and attracting such outstanding guest speakers. And thanks to all of you for your continued support for bringing together this important scholarly community. My best wishes for a very productive exchange of ideas.
Dean of Science
The University of
Western Ontario _________________________________________________________________________
Message from Prof. Yining Huang,
Chair of the Department of Chemistry
On behalf of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 6th Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry. This conference series, known as CanBIC, has focused on the intricate connections and functions of metals in biological systems. Over the years, CanBIC has proven to be an excellent platform for exchanging ideas in a wide range of topics in bioinorganic chemistry. It has also created a setting where researchers from all over the world can interact synergistically and promoting new collaborations. There will be no exception this time. This conference would not be possible without Martin Stillman and his research group. I would like to thank them for their efforts in organizing what promises to be another unforgettable event. The Department of Chemistry has been supported this conference series for years and I am delighted to be able to continue the tradition and support this year’s meeting again. May you enjoy fruitful discussions, see old friends and make new acquaintances, and take time out to appreciate the beauty of Georgian Bay area.
Professor and Chair Department of Chemistry,
The University of Western Ontario
Phone: 519-661-3122 Fax: 519-661-3022 www.uwo.ca/chem
On behalf of the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound it gives me great pleasure again to welcome all Conference Participants to the Town of Parry Sound for the 6th Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry. We are very honoured to have Scientists from many countries in our community to attend this conference hosted in our Charles W. Stockey Centre. Please take the opportunity to explore our Town and hopefully you will be able to return to our community as part of your leisure itinerary. .