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Biochemistry (MBBS): Organizations and Societies
Biochemistry, sometimes called biological chemistry, is the study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms. By controlling information flow through biochemical signaling and the flow of chemical energy through metabolism.
The International Union of Biochemistry and olecular Biology - founded in 1955 - unites biochemists and molecular biologists in 77 countries that belong to the Union as an Adhering Body or Associate Adhering Body which is represented as a biochemical society, a national research council or an academy of sciences. The Union is devoted to promoting research and education in biochemistry and molecular biology throughout the world and gives particular attention to areas where the subject is still in its early development. It achieves this in several ways.
Every three years the Union sponsors an International Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Co-sponsorship of these Congresses by Regional Organizations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is an increasing trend. These Congresses are major international meetings where current research in all fields of biochemistry and molecular biology is considered. Thousands of individual research projects are presented in poster sessions and leading investigators from many nations survey their fields and describe their own
research in symposia and plenary lectures. Since 1992 IUBMB has also sponsored IUBMB Conferences and Special Meetings, held in the years between the International Congresses.
The IUBMB provides financial support for international symposia on biochemical and molecular biological research topics of current interest. It organizes or sponsors workshops, symposia and training sessions on biochemical and molecular biological education and provides free textbooks and journals to training institutions in developing nations. The Union also funds short-term fellowships for younger biochemists and molecular biologists to travel to other institutions to perform research not possible in their own laboratories, and provides Travel Fellowships for young scientists to attend its Congresses. Sponsorship of meetings and fellowships is restricted to regions that belong to the IUBMB.
As well as reaching biochemists through its own meetings, the IUBMB works closely with the four regional organizations that unite the biochemical societies of Asia and Oceania (Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists - FAOBMB), Europe (Federation of European Biochemical Societies - FEBS) the Americas (Pan-American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - PABMB) and Africa (Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - FASBMB). Indeed all four are linked formally with the IUBMB as Associated Regional Organizations and three of them receive substantial financial support from the Union. The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, the International Society for Neurochemistry and the International Organization for Free Radical Research are also Associated Organizations of IUBMB.
Reaching individual biochemists is also the purpose of another very important function of the IUBMB, that of publishing news, reviews, information, original research and nomenclature. Trends in Biochemical Sciences (TiBS) is seen monthly by over 100,000 readers, keeping them informed of research progress across the broad field of biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as of news of meetings, people and biochemical events. Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry publishes original research findings and reviews in the expanding domain of the practical applications of the subject. IUBMB Life expedites the publication of short communications, identified by their novelty and the need for urgent dissemination. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education is dedicated to publishing articles, reviews and editorials to assist the teaching of biochemistry and molecular biology to science and medical students throughout the world. BioEssays, co-sponsored by the IUBMB and seven other ICSU biological Unions, is the monthly current-awareness journal that displays progress across the fields of molecular, cellular and developmental biology. BioFactors publishes reviews and original communications on growth factors and regulatory substances. Molecular Aspects of Medicine publishes reviews that aim to link clinicians and biomedical scientists.
The IUBMB is one of 26 Scientific Unions affiliated with the International Council of Science (ICSU), an umbrella organization for scientists worldwide. ICSU was created in 1931 to encourage international scientific activity, to affirm the rights of scientists without regard to race, religion, political philosophy, ethnic origin, sex or language, to join in international scientific affairs for the benefit of mankind. The IUBMB has been a member of ICSU since 1955 (until 1991 as IUB). The IUBMB representative serves as a member of the General Assembly of ICSU and ex-officio takes part in the work of the ICSU working group of the Biological Sciences. Through ICSU the IUBMB has been able to generate broad and often highly productive contacts with other international bodies, including some joint programs.
The American Society of Biological Chemists (ASBC) was founded on December 26th, 1906 at a meeting organized in New York City by John Jacob Abel of the Johns Hopkins University. The meeting was attended by 28 other biochemists, many of whom had participated in the launch of the Journal of Biological Chemistry in the previous year, and who were subsequently joined by an additional 52 “charter” members. The roots of the Society were in the American Physiological Society, which had been formed some 20 years earlier, and, prior to the founding of the ASBC, had provided the principal forum for the dissemination of American research on the chemical aspects of biology. Indeed, it was the sense, as most strongly espoused by Abel, that this outlet was no longer adequate to serve the rapidly growing experimentation in this area, which led directly to the creation of the ASBC. From this modest group of 81 scientists from North America, the Society (now called the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) has grown into one of the most important learned scientific societies with over 12,000 members from around the world.
Since its founding, the Society has numbered in its ranks (and still does) an impressive cadre of scientists, who have often given freely of their time to promote and foster various Society activities that have in turn helped to catalyze the extraordinary advances in molecular bioscience in the 20th century. The histories of the Society, its journals, and its members are rich with facts and stories that describe these advances, particularly in the past century. This portion of the Society web site will be devoted to displaying such information. Members and non-members alike are encouraged to contact Angela Hopp, ([email protected]) or Ralph A. Bradshaw, Society Historian ([email protected]) if they have material of interest to this topic they would like to share
The Pakistan Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology was founded in 1963 with the name as Pakistan Society of Biochemists. Prof. M.I.D. Chughtai and Prof. M. Ataur Rehman were its founding President and Secretary, respectively. Initial name of the Society was changed to the current one in the year 1997 in line with the international trends. Ever since its establishment the Society has been working to promote the sciences of biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology in the country. With the growth of scientific activities in general, the
activity in biochemical sciences has also grown with increased number of scientists working in this field in the country.
The Society holds its biennial science conferences at different major venues of the country. These conferences are well attended by the scientists from all over the country and from abroad. The Society also supports symposia, seminars and other events organized by the individual institutions and is represented on the international fora like the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB http://www.iubmb.org/ ) and the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB http://www.faobmb.net/ ). The Society publishes Pakistan Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology a quarterly research journal.
t is the Association of Biochemists comprising the current students, passed (Alumni) and teachers (serving or retired) to have strong professional, educational and social terms to promote Science and Scientific Culture. It is also meant to honor and recognize the achievements of the members.Founded by department of biochemistry QAU islamabad ,registered on 18th march 2011 and innuagrated on 2nd june 2011.
Our Department has produced a number of leading researchers and analysts, performing their role in different Sectors and we are interacting with them to fill the gap and to provide a bridge between our Ex-students and Present students by providing important and latest information and chronology of all major areas of Biochemistry/Molecular Biology in the country and all over the world. To establish BAQI as an integral part of the QAU structure and to make it a valuable instrument in this important era of challenging world. We have: Maintain liaison with all ex students (Alumni), present students and teachers (serving and retired).
Act as liaison between the industry and the Biochemistry Department, QAU and biochemistry/biology departments of other universities.
Honour and recognize the achievements of Teachers, Alumni and Students.
organize seminars/conferences/debates in all the field and particularly in biochemistry/molecular biology.
Career counseling for biochemistry students to provide information about jobs, scholarships, scope of biochemistry and other related matters and extend financial support to students during their education.
Arrange and promote co-curricular activities, such as informational/recreational trip(s), departmental sports, parties, functions, biological quiz etc.
Publish departmental news letter(s) or magazine(s) etc and ensure that a high level of social and educational interaction exists between students, teachers and whole BAQI community.