"Bionanotechnology - recent advances"
A report on the BBS/Swiss joint satellite workshop
Crystallography on BBC Radio 4
Melvyn Bragg and his guests, which include Judith Howard (Hon BBS member), discuss the history of crystallography, the study of crystals and their structure. The discovery in the early 20th century that X-rays could be diffracted by a crystal revolutionised our knowledge of materials. The podcast can be found here.
Nobel Prize for BBS Durham Meeting Plenary Speaker
Brian Kobilka has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, together with Robert J. Lefkowitz, "......for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors".
Brian was one of three Plenary Lecturers to speak at the BBS Biennial meeting in Durham this July, and he visited with his wife, Tung Sun. In his lecture entitled: "Structural insights into the dynamic process of GPCR activation" he described a multitude of biophysical methods used by Brian and colleagues to resolve structure-funation aspects of GPCRs, notably the beta-adrenergic receptor, for which he had resolved the crystal structure in various activation states.
The BBS wish to congratulate Brian with this very well deserved honour, and are delighted to have had the opportunity to have hosted him this summer. BBS also sponsored Brian's lecture for the Oxford University Biochemical Society where he gave their 'lecture of the year'. Although it rained for much of his trip to the UK, he had wanted to show his wife the UK because he had been here as a graduate student traveling around the country. The Kobilkas were particularly taken with his accommodation in the castle at Durham. Brian said "Thanks for your kind note [of congratulation on behalf of the BBS]. We really enjoyed our visit to Oxford and Durham."
BBS Summer Newsletter
Our new summer newsletter is available for download.
2012 BBS Young Investigator
Marina Kuimova, from Imperial College, London, was awarded the 2012 BBS Young Investigator's Medal and Prize at the Durham BBS Meeting in July 2012, which attracted almost 200 participants.
Professor Judith Howard, FRS, CBE, and Honorary Member of BBS, presented the medal and award certificate after the Plenary Lecture from Marina. The award is made every two years and carries with it a cash prize. A list of former winners of the BBS Medal can be found here.
An article about Marina can be found in our most recent newsletter, and Marina can add this award to several others, including the RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize, 2012. You can watch her explaining more about her research here.
Marina has just been awarded a full lectureship at Imperial College, congratulations!
More photographs from the conference can be found here.
At the BBS AGM, Professor Mike Ferenczi (Imperial College, on the left) and Professor Hagan Bayley (Oxford University, on the right) were elected as Honorary Members of BBS, and join a distinguished group listed here - we were delighted that some of them attended the Durham meeting.