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Israel Hosting Prestigious Life Sciences Conference

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An Israeli flag. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Some 1,600 molecular life scientists from more than 34 countries are gathering in Jerusalem Sept. 10-14 for the 2017 Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) Congress.

The conference, brought to Israel by Prof. Azem Abdussalam and the Israeli Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ISBMB), is slated to cover the entire spectrum of molecular life sciences with lectures on topics such as cancer biology, chromatin structure and epigenetic modifications, among various other subjects.

“The aim of the FEBS conference is to bring leading researchers from all aspects of molecular life sciences together, and we are very excited to host this year event in Jerusalem,” said Prof. Michal Sharon, a vice president of ISBMB and a member of the FEBS organizing committee.

“We hope to offer unique opportunities for scientific interactions, which will facilitate the initiation of friendships, collaborations and joint projects,” Sharon said.

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Some of the field’s leading experts who are addressing the conference include Nobel laureate Robert J. Lefkowitz (Duke University), Patrick Cramer (Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen), Carol Robinson (University of Oxford), Marcelo Rubinstein (University of Buenos Aires), Jonathan Weissman (University of California) and Feng Zhang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

“Some of the most brilliant minds in the field of molecular life sciences will be in Jerusalem to learn, share expertise, network and collaborate,” said Ilanit Melchior, director of tourism for the Jerusalem Development Authority, which is assisting with coordinating the convention.

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