11th November 2014
ANZMAG 2015 conference announced
The next ANZMAG conference will return to New Zealand after 13 years and will be held from the 29th November to the 3rd December 2015. It will be the 10th ANZMAG meeting and will take place in the “Copthorne Hotel and Resort” which is located near Paihia in the Bay of Islands.
See ANZMAG 2015 website for more information.
7th November 2014
Metabolomics and Systems Biology in Human Health and Medicine
A new book edited by Oliver Jones of RMIT has recently been published by CABI.
Check out a link to the book here: http://www.cabi.org/bookshop/book/2553
NMR features highly throughout the book. You can get 20% off the price of 'Metabolomics and Systems Biology in Human Health and Medicine' at the link above with the code CCMSB20 until the end of 2014.
Ad Bax lecture: Residual dipolar couplings
Ad Bax gave an introduction into the theory and application of residual dipolar couplings (RDC) at the APNMR conference in October 2013. His lectures were recorded and edited, and are now publicly available on YouTube at the links below but here is on to check out right now.
A big thank you to sponsors and volunteers, who spent many hours of their non-existent spare time to get this together: ANZMAG for sponsoring and organising the venue; Mehdi Mobli and Ann Kwan who did all of the very time-consuming video editing; and Ad Bax, of course, who did a really great job!
Like James Keeler's lectures, this material is intended to serve the international NMR community as well as ANZMAG.
Advances in Biological Solid-State NMR: Proteins and Membrane-Active Peptides
A new book has recently been published by RSC Books which was edited by F. Separovic and A. Naito.
The book synopsis, titled "Advances in Biological Solid-State NMR: Proteins and Membrane-Active Peptides" can be viewed at the following link: http://www.rsc.org/Shop/books/2014/9781849739108.asp
Clikc this link to see the table of contents and abstracts for each chapter: http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/ebook/978-1-84973-910-8#!divbookcontent
27th March 2013
ANZMAG medallist, David Craik, elected to the Australian Academy of Science
Professor David James Craik FAA of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland has been elected to the Australian Academy of Science.
Craik has made important discoveries in structural biology, particularly in the structural elucidation of peptide toxin. He discovered the cyclotide family of circular knotted proteins. Congratulations David on behalf of all members of the Australian & New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance.
10th November 2012
New ISMAR Fellow
Frances Separovic, current Chair of ANZMAG, has been elected a Fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance (ISMAR). Congratulations! Frances is one of few Antipodeans who are Fellows of ISMAR (Peter Wright and Paul Callaghan being the others) and is also one of only a handful of female Fellows. See http://www.ismar.org/about/fellows
5th November 2012
ARC LIEF grants awarded to members of ANZMAG
Members of ANZMAG continue to maintain and expand the national NMR capability. A consortium at ANU (CIA Gottfried Otting) won $840k towards a new 700 MHz NMR for molecular analysis, while $1.235 M was awarded to the South Australian consortium (CIA John Carver) to significantly expand capability in Adelaide. We also congratulate the Griffith/QUT consortium (CIA Jenny Wilson) on their LIEF success with $310k towards equipment for glycomics, metabolomics and soft materials research.
On the EPR front there were also three successful LIEF grants, with a USyd/UNSW/MacQU team being awarded $860k for EPR; a UQ/ UniMelb team with $710k and The University of Newcastle ($180k) being successful.
Congratulations to Prof Frances Separovic, current Chair of ANZMAG, who has been elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of her work ‘Using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance to advance understanding of how peptides get into membranes, with applications for antibiotics and Alzheimer’s disease”. The Society is proud to add another of its members to the ranks of the AAS, whose Fellows are scientists who have made an outstanding contribution to science at the international level.
Read the AAS media release
Three new ARC LIEF grants awarded to members of ANZMAG.
A consortium from The University of Melbourne, Monash and WEHI, led by Assoc Prof Paul Gooley obtained $480k towards a 700 MHz high throughput machine.
A consortium from James Cook University and The University of Queensland lead by Dr Norelle Daly obtained $600k towards a high resolution NMR spectrometer with cryoprobe.
A consortium from UNSW, CSIRO and The University of Wollongong lead by Prof Caroline Rae obtained $320k towards a 600 MHz spectrometer with cryoprobe and refrigerated sample changer.
These machines will add to the capacity of the National NMR network and will provide urgently needed resources for metabolomic, protein and drug screening research.
Congratulations to Professor Les Field, Foundation Chair of ANZMAG, on the award in the Queen's birthday Honours list 2011 of Member in the general division of the Order of Australia (AM) for "service to the administration of higher education, and to the discipline of chemistry as an academic and researcher".
ANZMAG MEDALIST SIR PAUL CALLAGHAN NAMED NEW ZEALANDER OF THE YEAR 2011
ANZMAG extends its congratulations to Sir Paul on the award, which recognises his contributions to New Zealand science as well his efforts in supporting young scientists.
DAVID CRAIK from UQ Honoured by ACS Award
RALPH F. HIRSCHMANN AWARD in PEPTIDE CHEMISTRY 2011
“Professor Craik has made out- standing contributions to our understanding of the structure-function relationships of peptide toxins and circular peptides and proteins,” notes Paul F. Alewood, Craik’s colleague at the University of Queensland. “His multidisciplinary approach not only requires great intellect and drive but cour- age to learn new disciplines and employ them in smart ways.”
"It was during a sabbatical at England’s Oxford University, in 1991, that Craik discovered the first cyclotide—a cyclic peptide with six cysteine residues in a knotted arrangement."