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The Biochemical Immunology Group

As our understanding of the complexity of immunological systems at a molecular level has developed, the divide between immunologist and biochemist has been bridged. Over the past decade the Biochemical Immunology group has attempted to bring together scientists with an interest in molecular aspects of immunology within the framework of the British Society for Immunology and the Biochemical Society.
The committee is active in organizing meetings on diverse topics which aim to provide a forum for cross-fertilization of ideas between biochemists with immunological interests and immunologists with biochemical tendencies. In addition, the Biochemical Immunology Group is keen to encourage active participation of graduate and newly qualified post-doctoral scientists to develop communication and presentation skills. In order to offer support to young scientist, the Biochemical Immunology Group committee will consider applications for bursaries to assist with accommodation/travel costs. The success of these meetings in terms of audience numbers and feedback to those involved in organization indicates that molecular immunology will continue to be a common feature of scientific symposia and workshops at both international and national level.

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British Society for Immunology
Biochemical Society

Group News

The session organized jointly with the British Society of Immunology Autoimmunity Group was held on 7 December during the BSI Annual Congress, Harrogate. A report of the session, entitled 'New Mechanisms of Autoimmunity' appears in the February issue of Immunology News. Some of the sessions organized by the group which are coming up in the near future are listed below.

SIGNAL TRANSDUCTION DURING INNATE AND ADAPTIVE IMMUNITY
Organized jointly with the Molecular Pharmacology Group, this three day session will run from July 11-13 2001 at the 674th Biochemical Society meeting, Dublin
STAYING HEALTHY WITH CHIPS
A one day session planned for 17 December 2001, 675th Biochemical Society Meeting, York 2001
PROTEASES AND ANTI-PROTEASES: MOLECULAR MECHANISMS AND NOVEL THERAPIES
A one day session also planned for 17 December 2001, 675th Biochemical Society Meeting, York 2001
POST-TRANSLATIONAL REGULATION OF CYTOKINES
This one day session will take place during the BSI Annual Congress December 2001, Harrogate

Group Communication/New Committee members

The BIG committee support the view that communication via email and www-based information represents the simplest means of keeping group members up to date with news regarding meetings organized by BIG members. It is our aim to provide up to date current information whenever possible.

If you feel the urge to bring together people working in your own specialist area for a meeting either at a local or a national level, the Biochemical Immunology Group would be prepared to consider all suggestions and if appropriate to offer support (including financial) in order to facilitate organization. All suggestions should be forwarded to committee members.


B.I.G. Committee Members

Paul Banga (King's College London): p.banga@kcl.ac.uk
(Secretary)Tamara Galloway (Plymouth University): T.Galloway@plymouth.ac.uk
Brian Foxwell: b.foxwell@ic.ac.uk
Marika Reay: Marika.Reay@Unilever.com
Janet Lord: j.m.lord@bham.ac.uk
Rajneesh Malhotra: rm18326@glaxowellcome.co.uk
Tony Merry: tony@glycob.ox.ac.uk
(Chairman) Ian Dransfield: id@srv1.med.ed.ac.uk
Stephen Ward: prssgw@bath.ac.uk
Dr. Aymen Al-Shamkhani (Southampton University) A.Al-Shamkhani@soton.ac.uk
Dr. James Matthews (Cardiff University) MatthewsRJ@Cardiff.ac.uk



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