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International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry

Sunday, 18 July 2021 to Thursday, 22 July 2021 from 6:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia


Local Organising Committee

The local organising committee of the ICBIC 2021 includes: 

 Prof. Hugh H. Harris

Prof. Hugh H. Harris, is an Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Adelaide, Australia. His research interest is in the broad field of metals and metalloids in biology with a focus on human diseases and their treatment. X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray fluroscence imaging are key research tools in this area as they are able to provide information on intact tissue samples. His research has been recognised by the receipt of a number of awards including the SSRL WE Spicer Young investigator award and an Australian Research Council QEII fellowship. Hugh has previously served on the local organising committees for the 39th ICCC in Adelaide and the 12th International Conference on X-ray Microscopy in Melbourne in 2014.

 Dr Stephen Bell

 Dr Stephen Bell, Senior Lecturer and ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of Adelaide. His research interests include isolation, characterisation and application of metalloproteins with a focus on bacterial cytochrome P450 enzymes and iron-sulphur cluster containing electron transfer proteins. He is a member of the steering committee of the Adelaide Integrated Bioscience Laboratories and a founding shareholder of the company Oxford biotrains. 


  Dr Christopher McDevitt

Dr Christopher McDevitt is the Deputy Director of the Reserch Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Adelaide. His main research focus is how pathogenic bacteria scavenge essential metal ions from the host environment during infection. His research utilises a combination of molecular microbiology, structural biology, chemical biology and infection models. Christopher is the President of the ASBMB (Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) special interest group, the Adelaide Protein Group, and he has been on the organising committee for numerous national meetings and workshops for the ASBMB and the Australian Society for Biophysics. 

 Dr Sally Plush

Dr Sally Plush is a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, University of South Australia and a sector leader in the Mechanisms and Cell Biology of Disease research group. Her research is focused on the use of metal ions in cellular imaging applications (fluoroscence microscopy, PET and MRI) to further the understanding of the pathophysiology of major disease states and develop enhanced diagnostic and therapeutic agents. She has been on the local organising committee for both the 39th ICCC Adelaide 2010 and the 15th International Conferences for Women Engineers and Scientists Adelaide 2011. She is a long-term member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a member of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. 

  Prof. Ray Rodgers

Prof. Ray Rodgers is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and deputy director of the Robinson Institute, University of Adelaide. His long-term research focus has been on female reproductive function, particularly ovary function, with a recent interest in roles of metals and metalloids in these areas. He has served on a number of organising committees for international conferences including the 20th International Conference on Cytochrome P450, the 14th International Congress on Hormonal Steriods and Hormones and Cancer, and the 11th International Congress of Endocrinology as chair of the publicity campaign and president of the associated society. 


National Organising Committee

  Prof. Sue Berners-Price

Professor Sue Berners-Price (Griffith University) is internationally recognised for her work in the field of medicinal inorganic chemistry, which involves the design and mechanism of action of gold and platinum-based anti-cancer agents. She holds three patents and is the author of more than 110 peer-reviewed original research articles in top-ranked international journals. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, has served on th editorial boards of three international journals, and is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. She is a Principal Research Leader in Griffith's Institute of Glycomics, and was Chair of AsBIC7 which was held on the Gold Coast in Australia in 2014. 


 Prof. Paul Bernhardt

Professor Paul Bernhardt (University of Queensland) leads a research program in metalloenzyme electrochemistry which involves harnessing the selectivity and sensitivity of redox enzymes by integrating them with electrochemical electrodes. He is currently President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and former Chair of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of RACI. He was Secretary of ICBIC 11 (2003 held in Cairns). 

  Prof. Ashley Bush

Professor Ashley Bush heads the Oxidation Biology Unit at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, and is Chief Scientific Officer of the Cooperative Research Center for Mental Health. He has published over 330 papers, received numerous awards including Potamkin Prize for Alzheimer's disease research, and is listed in the Thompson ISI list of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds. He discovered the interaction of beta-amyloid with transition metals as a major factor in Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis, and focuses on the neurobiology of metal ions and oxidative stress in neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. 


 Ass. Prof. Paul Donnelly

Paul Donnelly is an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne, and is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. His research focuses on the application of synthetic chemistry to biology and the study of metal ions in biology. Paul's research has been recognised by the award of two of The Royal Australian Chemical Institute prizes for young chemists - the Rennie medal and the Sargeson award. 

 Prof. Trevor Hambley

Trevor Hambley is Dean of Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney. He has studied and worked at the Univesities of Western Australia (BSc Hons(1)) and Adelaid (PhD), ANU, and The University of Sydney and has spent a period of sabbatical leave at Birkbeck College, University of London. His research interests are in the area of medicinal inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on platinum anticancer drugs, hypoxia selective cobalt complexes, and drug penetration and activation in solid tumours. Professor Hambley served as President of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry from 2008-2010, the peak international body in his research area, and is an Editor of the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry. 


 Dr. Megan Maher

Megan Maher completed her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at The University of Melbourne in 1998, followed by indepedent fellowships at The University of Sydney. Dr Maher now holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, La Trobe University, where her research focuses on the structural and functional characterisation of proteins involved in cellular metal homeostatsis, including integral membrane metal transport proteins. Dr Maher has chaired symposia at the Lorne Conference for Protein Structure and Function (2011), AsBIC7 (2014) and acted as both co-ordinator for the 'Proteins' stream and organiser and chair for the "At and Across the Membrane" symposium at ComBio2014.

 Prof. Michael Parker

Professor Michael Parker is Deputy Director of St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne where he heads its Structural Biology Laboratory and the ACRF Rational Drug Discovery Centre. He is an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow at Melbourne University. After obtaining his D.Phil. in protein crystallography from Oxford University, Michael returned to Australia to re-establish a protein crystallography labroratory at St Vincent's in 1991. The work of the laboratory is internationally recognised with the determination of more than 140 crystal structures including those of membrane-associating proteins, detoxifying enzymes and protein kinases. He has published over 300 papers and his work has been recognised with numerous awards including the 1999 Gottschalk Medal of the Australian Academy of Science, a 2006 Federation Fellowship from Australian Research Council, the 2011 Lemberg Medal of the Australian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the 2011 Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research and the 2012 Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists Award for Research Excellent. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010.

 Anthony Wedd

Anthony Wedd is a Professional Fellow at the University of Melbourne (2011-present) and was previously Professor of Chemistry there (1991-2011). He is a member of the International Organising Committee of the ICBIC conferences and was Co-Chair of IBIC 11 in Australia in 2003. He was a plenary or invited lecturer at the ICBIC 7, 8, 10, 12-16 and at AsBIC 1-3, 5-7, the Asian spin-off of ICBIC. His current research interests centre on the uptake and distribution of the nutrient metal copper. He is Series Editor, of the Metallobiology Series, Royal Society of Chemistry (2010-present) and Editor (with M. Maret) of the book "Binding, Transport and Storage of Metal Ions on Biological Systems" RSC, August, 2014. 





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