Thursday, January 27, 2011

SMARTER 2 Workshop

Dear colleagues,

We cordially invite you to the 2nd SMARTER Workshop, which will be held on May 23-27, 2011 at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together specialists from the different areas of materials science, combining several approaches such as Computational Modelling, Diffraction Techniques and NMR Crystallographies.

Read more about SMARTER 2 Workshop at

SMARTER Organizing Committee

Recognition: Mitsu Ikura

On January 17th 2011, Dr. Mitsu Ikura received the 2010 Canadian Cancer Society "Robert L. Noble Prize" for his outstanding contributions to cancer research in Canada.

From the citation ( "Dr. Ikura is an internationally recognized authority in the field of structural biology and has laid the groundwork for our understanding of signalling proteins such as cadherins and catenins and molecular signalling processes involved in human diseases such as cancer. His studies also provide excellent platforms for developing new drugs designed to interfere with the functioning of cancer cells.

Dr Ikura is a senior scientist at the Ontario Cancer Institute and a professor at the University of Toronto. He received his PhD in macromolecular biophysics from Hokkaido University, Japan and pursued postdoctoral studies on multi-dimensional NMR spectroscopy of a calmodulin-kinase peptide complex at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr Ikura has a Tier-1 Canada Research Chair in cancer structural biology and has been recognized by many awards and prizes including the William E. Rawls Prize, the International Research Scholar Award Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Premier’s Research Excellence Award.

He has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers and has been invited to speak at more than 200 international scientific conferences."

About "Robert L Noble" Prize: The Robert L. Noble Prize is given for outstanding achievements in cancer research. It honours Dr Noble, an esteemed Canadian investigator whose research in the 1950s led to the discovery of vincristine, a widely-used anti-cancer drug. At the time, vincristine was one of the most effective treatments available for Hodgkin’s disease.

Web: the Ikura Laboratory

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NMR events at CSC 2011

Dear colleagues,

The 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2011) "Chemistry and Health" will be held in Montréal, Québec from June 5-9, 2011, as a joint effort of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and the four Montréal Universities, with the Université de Montréal Chemistry Department as the host. The CSC is the largest annual national event for chemical professionals attracting close to 2500 participants each year.

Canada is very dynamic in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and to pursue the tradition, a solid-state NMR workshop as well as two 1.5-day NMR symposia are scheduled to cover a wide range of applications and developments in the fields of solution and solid-state NMR.

Profs Anthony Mittermaier (McGill University) and Pierre Lavigne (Université de Sherbrooke) are organizing the "Solution NMR: Biomolecular structure, dynamics, and function" symposium which includes, amongst a list of over 15 speakers, Charalampos Kalodimos (Rutgers U.). Brian Sykes (U. of Alberta), Gary Shaw (U. Western Ontario) and Lawrence McIntosh (UBC).

Profs Michel Lafleur (Université de Montréal) and Isabelle Marcotte (Université du Québec à Montréal) are co-organizers of the symposium entitled "Solid-state NMR: From materials to biomolecules". So far, Profs Marc Baldus (U. of Utrecht), Vladimir Ladizhansky (U. of Guelph), Bruce Balcom (U. New Brunswick), Valerie Booth (Memorial U.) and Dr. Ansgar Siemer (Columbia U.) have confirmed their presence as guest speakers.

We invite you to participate in the CSC2011 conference which plenary lecturer will be Nobel Laureate Prof. Roger Tsien (U. of California, San Diego). More detail on the symposia, abstract submission and registration can be found on the conference website at

The deadline for abstract submission is February 15, 2011.

Submit your abstract through Hermes Conference Centre via the CSC2011 website. Details are available at

NMR Symposia Organizers

Friday, January 21, 2011

Review in Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy

William P. Power "High-Resolution Magic Angle Spinning—Enabling Applications of NMR Spectroscopy to Semi-Solid Phases," Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy 72 (2011) 111-156.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

2011 International Year of Chemistry

January 2011 marks the beginning of the International Year of Chemistry. The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is leading the Canadian activities which will be devoted to the celebration of chemical sciences and will aim to reach over 500,000 Canadians.

We encourage all CIC members to get involved throughout the year. CIC has been active in planning events for 2011, some of which include:

- Global Water Experiment, connecting countries around the world to solve current water issues;
- YouTube Video Contest, giving high school students a chance to use their creativity in chemistry to win a $2,500 scholarship funding;
- Science Rendezvous, a one day national event aiming to bring science to the public;
- Public Lecture Series, bringing Joe Schwarcz and Pierre Beaumier to speak on interesting topics in chemistry across Canada; and
- Canadian Chemistry Milestones, celebrating significant contributions by Canadians. See the latest press release.

Local sections across the nation are organizing events in their communities. You can see what's happening in an area near you by following the Chemical Institute of Canada - International Year of Chemistry website for more information and to see how you can get involved

Best wishes for the New Year,

CIC IYC Organizing Committee

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


This year's EUROMAR congress will be held in Frankfurt/Main, Germany from August 21st to 25th. A list of invited speakers is already available at

Registration will open January 5th. You are all cordially invited to attend this meeting, which continues the longstanding tradition of AMPERE congresses.

Call for Nominations for the Raymond Andrew Prize 2011 for an outstanding PhD thesis in the field of magnetic resonance.

the AMPERE Prize Committee is seeking your help in searching for qualified candidates who completed their dissertation during the period of 2009/2010. The prize will be presented during the EUROMAR Congress. You are kindly invited to submit nominations by e-mail to
[andrewprice "at"]

Suggestions must be received by 15th February 2011 and should include the nomination letter, Curriculum vitae, the list of publications and presentations at conferences, and the PhD thesis in PDF. The thesis should be written in English. In exceptional cases, the thesis may also be submitted in triplicate as a hardcopy to the AMPERE Secretariat. Submissions that arrive too late will automatically be transferred to the next year. The prize committee will reconsider excellent contributions for two years in a row.

For a list of past Andrew Prize winners see:

Sincerely yours,
Gunnar Jeschke
General Secretary, Groupement AMPERE

Monday, January 3, 2011

C&EN News of the Week: Elevating Oxygen

Two recent NMR papers by Gang Wu (Queen's) and coworkers are highlighted by Chemical & Engineering News in their first issue of 2011.

Both papers deal with 17O NMR in large protein complexes, in solution and in solid state. New research approaches proposed by Gang Wu and his team have a potential to significantly advance the field of protein NMR spectroscopy.

Jianfeng Zhu and Gang Wu, "Quadrupole Central Transition 17O NMR Spectroscopy of Biological Macromolecules in Aqueous Solution," Journal of the American Chemical Society 133 (2011) ASAP.

Jianfeng Zhu, Eric Ye, Victor Terskikh, and Gang Wu, "Solid-State 17O NMR Spectroscopy of Large Protein-Ligand Complexes," Angewandte Chemie International Edition 49 (2010) 8399-8402. (Cover Article)

Part of this research was made possible using resources of the National Ultrahigh-Field NMR Facility for Solids ( See the complete list of research publications enabled by the Facility here (complete list).