The annual meeting of ASP will be a joint meeting with the European societies in Copenhagen, Denmark. To accommodate those who are unable to attend the Denmark meeting, an interim meeting will be held at the University of Mississippi, April 11-14, 2016. The details of this meeting, in conjunction with the 16th Annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals, can be found at http://oxfordicsb.org/. The deadline for receipt of abstracts for the interim meeting is December 1, 2015.
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The Garden Club of America’s Anne S. Chatham Fellowship in Medicinal Botany provides at least one grant award of $4,500 annually to support research related to medicinal plants. Further application details are available at http://www.pharmacognosy.us/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Chatham-Fellowship-2016-announcement.pdf
Applications are warmly invited for a summer school on “Microbial Diversity and Specialised Metabolites,” the sixth in the series of John Innes-Rudjer Bošković Summer Schools on Applied Molecular Microbiology, to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 10-18, 2016. Full details, including the availability of grants to attend the summer school, are at http://www.jic.ac.uk/science/molmicro/summerschool/index.htm.
The summer school reflects the recent development of interest in microbial metabolites that has resulted from the sequencing of small molecule-producing microorganisms, coupled with the current explosive development of sequencing technology, bioinformatics and chemical analysis. Ecological studies highlighting the wide range of roles for small molecules in microbial communities provide another major driving force. These summer schools have established a reputation for the quality of the faculty and participants (about 40) and the high degree of productive interaction during the week-long courses. A special feature of the summer school will be hands-on computer workshops to annotate genomes and analyze natural product gene clusters.
ASP Press release – 9 October 2015, http://www.pharmacognosy.us/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015_Nobel_Press_Release.pdf.
Satoshi Ömura, noted natural products chemist, shared the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the microbial production of the avermectin class of compounds; These compounds are important in the treatment of river blindness and other parasitic diseases. Ömura isolated avermectin from Streptomyces avermitilis isolated from Japanese soil. William Campbell followed up on this discovery for applications in livestock and other domestic animals. Youyou Tu also shared the prize for work with artemisinin, used in the treatment of malaria. Ömura and Williams shared one-half of the prize, while Tu received the other half, https://twitter.com/NobelPrize.
ASP member David Kroll wrote a piece about the announcement for Forbes magazine, http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2015/10/05/2015-nobel-prize-in-medicine-awarded-for-life-saving-malaria-and-roundworm-treatments/?utm_source=followingweekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20151005.
Ömura previously received the 2013 Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award from ASP, http://www.pharmacognosy.us/grants-and-awards/grants-and-awards-archive/