Protein structure bioinformaticians unite
12 Apr 2010
Providing a platform for researchers active in protein structure bioinformatics in the Netherlands - that is in short the goal of the brand new Netherlands Society on Biomolecular Modelling (NSBM). Following the successful Protein Structure Bioinformatics meeting on March 1st at the CMBI in Nijmegen, a few enthousiastic researchers discussed the possibility of setting up a more structured format for contacts within the protein structure bioinformatics field in the Netherlands. The discussions quickly led to the idea of a new society, the NSBM, which is supported by NBIC. The NSBM aims to become an active discussion partner in the various policy-making boards that are relevant to the protein structure bioinformatics field. Through organising regular meetings, the NSBM plans to stimulate contacts between researchers and sharing of ideas.
The formal process of founding the society is ongoing. The board of the NSBM will at first consist of Gerry Nicolaes (Maastricht University, chairman), Gert Vriend (CMBI, Nijmegen), Rob Hooft (NBIC, Nijmegen) en Tassos Perakis (Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam). On September 20, the next meeting on protein structure bioinformatics, entitled "Mutations in proteins: structure, function and dynamics", is organised at the CMBI in Nijmegen.