Waterloo puts biophysics research centre stage with inaugural conference

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Conference attendee group shotThe University of Waterloo welcomed biophysicists from across Canada, Europe and the United States for the first Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society of Canada.

Prof. Zoya LeonenkoOrganized by a committee chaired by Professor Zoya Leonenko (pictured) from the Departments of Physics & Astronomy and Biology, the conference brought together 140 industry and research participants in a two-day gathering aimed at highlighting advances in the field of biophysics in Canada and at the University of Waterloo.

Biophysical techniques and discoveries have revolutionized research and technological developments, helping to advance materials research, bio- and nano-technologies, biosensing, medicine and pharmaceutical research.

Waterloo researchers from the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Math presented talks and posters covering areas such as molecular biophysics, new developments in biophysical methods, experimental biophysics, instrumentation development, biophysics and nanotechnology, theoretical, molecular and structural biophysics, and molecular biophysics and biotechnology.

Bernie Glick, a professor in the Department of Biology, gave an introduction to modern biotechnology. His talk provided a brief overview, with examples, of some new products and processes being developed by researchers in the field. The multi-disciplinary nature of biotechnology and varied approach to many problems that are being addressed by modern biotechnology was also highlighted.

A big hit was the mixer with nine editor-in-chiefs from nearly 20 peer-reviewed journals publishing in nanotechnology and biophysics.

This was a wonderful opportunity for students to ask editors questions, learn more about preparing better papers, and find out which journals to submit to,” said Professor Leonenko, Organizing Committee Chair.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) also sponsored a workshop for matching industry with students and advising on suitable funding. The session was co-presented by the University’s Office of Research and NSERC.

The conference organizers would like to thank volunteers Brenda Lee, Elizabeth Drolle, Helen Broom, John PH Pham, Robert Henderson, Morgan Robinson, Thibault Brule for their help.

The University of Waterloo, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology, NSERC, Biophysical Society of Canada, PLOS ONE Journal and industry sponsors supported the event.

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