April 2019 newsletter

Message from the President

Dear members of the CSMB,

Tarik Moroy
Tarik Moroy, CSMB President.

We are currently seeking new members of the board of directors of the CSMB.  The CSMB board is a very active group of researchers who work together to promote and advance scientific research in Canada.  There are positions open for regular and trainee board members. I invite you to consider joining our team!  Details about the application procedure can be found in this newsletter.

Trainee involvement is very important to the CSMB, and I specifically encourage trainees to get involved with us.  We always welcome your input, and aim to provide support for your professional and personal development.

We are proud to announce that Sylvain Moineau, from the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bio-Informatics of University Laval is the winner of the 2019 Canadian Science Publishing Senior Investigator Award. The 2019 CSMB Jeanne Manery Fisher Memorial Lecture will be awarded to Anne-Claude Gingras, Senior Investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Insititute.  Finally, Jonathan Schertzer, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University will be awarded the 2019 CSMB New Investigator Award.  Congratulations to all three winners.  We look forward to hearing their talks at our upcoming meeting, June 2 and 5 in Montreal.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) are important values for the CSMB, and I am pleased to congratulate the current Vice-President  of the CSMB, Dr. Imogen Coe on being awarded the Angela Hildyard Recognition Award in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.  Dr. Coe is a very strong advocate for EDI and this award recognizes the trailblazing work she has done, and continues to do, in this field in Canada.  You can read some of her most recent contributions in the EDI news section of this newsletter.

I invite you to register today for the¬†62nd annual CSMB meeting, on “Model Systems in Cancer Research”, which will take place June 2-5, 2019 in Montr√©al,¬† The organizing committee has developed an exciting and original program.¬† I hope you will join us.

Finally, if you have not yet renewed your membership for 2019, I invite you to do so today by following this link: Membership.  Your membership is very important to our Society, as your support is what allows us to continue all our activities.

Warm regards

Tarik Moroy,
President of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences.


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion News


Imogen Coe awarded the 2019 Angela Hildyard Recognition Award in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Congratulations to CSMB Vice-President Imogen Coe, who will receive the 2019 Angela Hildyard Recognition Award in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Learn more about Dr. Coe’s work and this distinction here.


Read two recent articles on gender equity featuring CSMB Vice-President Dr. Imogen Coe:

‚ÄúThis is not a woman‚Äôs issue; this is a human rights issue‚ÄĚ: U of T groups host panel on diversity in STEM Advocates discuss the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Canadian STEM researchin The Varsity, University of Toronto‚Äôs student paper

International Women’s Day: will the drive for gender equity get past institutional resistance?
On International Women’s Day, Jocalyn Clark and Imogen Coe ask why universities have been so slow to adopt meaningful change to improve gender representation in Times Higher Education (article if free, but site registration is required for access)


Gender equity in science: Canadian researchers provide evidence and best practices in a special issue of The Lancet

Read this news item here

 


Meeting updates

62nd annual CSMB meeting – Model Systems in Cancer Research

 

Registration is still open for the 62nd Annual Conference of the CSMB, Model Systems in Cancer Research, which will take place June 2-5, 2019 in Montreal.

Meeting registration deadline (without abstract) is May 15.

The deadline to register and submit an abstract for poster presentation is May 1st.

The full program is now available online.

 


Trainee news & Opportunities

CSMB, through its trainee committee, seeks input and idea from trainees – for future events, webinars, or activities to support professional and personal development. Check out the trainee section of our website:

https://csmb-scbm.ca/trainees/


 

Trainee representatives on the CSMB Board of Directors.

The Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) is requesting nominations for trainee representatives on the Board of Directors.
The CSMB represents Canadian scientists and trainees working in the Molecular Biosciences, including the fields of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Systems biology, and Computational Biology. Board Directors will be asked to participate in advancing the mission of the CSMB. The current directors of the CSMB are listed here: https://csmb-scbm.ca/about-us/csmb-committees/directors/
Nominations are currently being solicited for two Trainee Representatives on the CSMB Board. The CSMB and its activities are fully run by its board members. We therefore seek individuals who want to actively participate in the mandate of the CSMB.
Note: Candidates must be current CSMB members.
To be considered, please submit a CV and an expression of interest outlining your qualities that define you as an appropriate candidate who wants to advance the society and the situation of researchers in Canada.  Please forward your nomination package to Dr. Phil Hieter, Chair of the CSMB Nominating committee (hieter@msl.ubc.ca)
Nominations are due on or before April 15, 2019.

CSMB Trainee committee reponse to Budget 2019

On March 19th, the Liberal federal government announced its fourth budget, ahead of the November federal election. After careful reading of this document, the CSMB Trainee Committee published a response to Budget 2019.

Read the response here


Webinar: The Antibody Crisis: Leveraging machine learning for evidence-based antibody search

The CSMB-SCBM trainee committee is partnering with BenchSci for a special webinar.

The ‚Äúreproducibility crisis‚ÄĚ has generated much attention in the research community over the past years. While the issue is multifaceted at its core, rogue antibodies have been identified as one of the major culprits.

To ensure scientists can find antibodies that have been proven to work repeatedly by peers, BenchSci has developed an open-access resource that uses a machine learning algorithm to screen the literature and identify which and how antibodies have been cited. The resulting peer-reviewed data are searchable by protein targets or product identifier and are filterable by experimental contexts as cited in papers, including technique, tissue, cell line, to help users pinpoint antibodies that have been published under experimental conditions matching their study interest.

Wednesday May 15th 2pm EDT

Please use this link for RSVP: https://www.addevent.com/event/eU3164379

Freely accessible resource for academic scientists at https://landing.benchsci.com/academic


Report on Webinar: Presenting Your Data at Scientific Meetings

Many thanks to the participants in the latest webinar organized by the CSMB trainee committee which took place on March 20 and was titled “Presenting your data at Scientific Meeting“. Nafisa Jadavji, CSMB committee chair, presented tips on how to make a great poster presentation, and CSMB VP Imogen Coe gave the basics on how to give a scientific talk and handle the question period.¬† We received great feedback from our participants, and look forward to organizing more events of this type.¬† Your suggestions are welcome for future webinar topics (contact@csmb-scbm.ca).


Jobs & Opportunities


CSMB Board of Directors positions

The Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) is requesting nominations for their Board of Directors. The CSMB represents Canadian scientists and trainees working in the Molecular Biosciences, including the fields of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Systems biology, and Computational Biology. Board Directors will be asked to participate in advancing the mission of the CSMB. The current directors of the CSMB are listed here: https://csmb-scbm.ca/about-us/csmb-committees/directors/
Nominations are currently being solicited for: 2 Councillors (2 year term, renewable). The CSMB and its activities are fully run by its board members. So we are seeking individuals who want to actively participate in the mandate of the CSMB.
Note: Candidates must be current CSMB members.
To be considered, please submit a CV and an expression of interest outlining your qualities that define you as an appropriate candidate who wants to advance the society and the situation of researchers in Canada.  Please forward your nomination package to Dr. Phil Hieter, Chair of the CSMB Nominating committee (hieter@msl.ubc.ca)
Nominations are due on or before April 15, 2019.

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