NVBMB News Letter March 2019

In this news letter: NBVMB Prize 2019 for Francesca Mattiroli, NVBMB Spring Meeting + ALV (elect a new board member), and more ......

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NVBMB Prize 2019: Franscesca Mattiroli

The 2019 NVBMB prize  has been awarded to Dr. Francesca Mattiroli of the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht. She has made outstanding and highly original contributions to understanding chromosome biology. Dr. Mattiroli will organize the NVMBM fall symposium 2019. Date t.b.a.

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NVBMB Spring Symposium 2019 (+ AVL and Westenbrink prize ceremony)

The annual Spring Symposium of the NVBMB will take place on Thursday May 9th, 2019 in Nijmegen. The symposium ‘Emerging Strategies for Next-generation Peptide and Protein Therapeutics’  will cover a broad set of innovative strategies that utilize peptides and proteins as single agents or modules in next-generation therapeutic approaches.

During lunch, the yearly meeting of NVBMB members (AVL) will be held. Members can cast a vote for Jan Willem Borst (WUR) to join the NVBMB board.

In the afternoon, the H.G.K. Westenbrink prize will be handed out to Dr. Pascal Miesen, who will give a lecture about his work on piRNA.

Information and Registration

Propose Focus Sessions for CHAINS 2019

On 10 and 11 December 2019, more than 1,500 (bio)chemists gather together in Veldhoven for the 7th edition of CHAINS! For more information visit

Group leaders can now nominate a ‘hot topic’ for one of the interdisciplinary focus sessions before7 May 2019. Read more at

Upcoming events

* Save the date: The 17th Dutch Chromatin Meeting will take place on Friday November 1, in Utrecht. Keynote speaker: Anja Groth, from the BRIC Institute, Copenhagen. The program will be announced on our web site.

* Together with almost twenty researchers, all from different disciplines, The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is organising the very first edition of NWO-Life on 28 and 29 May 2019 in Bunnik. Registration is possible until 1 May 2019.

* DutchBiophysics is the annual meeting on molecular and cellular biophysics. The next edition will take place on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October 2019 in Veldhoven. More here.

* NKI symposium Epigenetics and Epitranscriptomics from mechanism to cancer. Friday May 24th 2019 at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. The symposium is open to the public; attendance is free of charge but registration is required. Registration is now open.


Nora Baart Stichting Travel Grants

The Nora Baart Stichting (NBS) has awarded travel grants to six students.

Cas Boshoven  (Radboud University Nijmegen) will visit the lab of Branden Crabb, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia to investigate protein transport arrest following knockdown of the protein export machine PTEX, in malaria parasites

Coen van Deursen (Utrecht University) will be supported to visit the lab of  Clare Parish, Stem Cells and Neural Development group, Melbourne, Australia. He will study differentiation of pluripotent stem cells and their role in Huntington's disease.

Cynthia Siebrand (Utrecht University) will use the travel grant to study ageing in neuronal stem cells in the lab of Anne Brunet, Department of Genetics, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, USA

Olivier Schäffers (Radboud University Nijmegen) will visit the lab of Joseph Bonventre, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. He will investigate advanced renal tubular models for bioprinting of perfusable human nephron organoid-derived tubule constructs

Rianne de Jongh (Utrecht University) will be supported to study human axonal trajectories from grafted organoids in the lab of Fred Gage, Salk Institute, La Jolla, USA

Laureen de Bever (Technical University Eindhoven) will visit the lab of Margeret Brimble, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. She will investigate the stability of boronated peptides in cancer treatment.

More on grants and awards

KNCV Golden Medal Nominations

Nominations for the KNCV Golden Medal can be submitted  Before May 1, 2019. The KNCV Gouden Medaille is the most important award in the Netherlands for researchers who have done groundbreaking work in the chemistry profession in the broadest sense of the word. The prize is awarded to researchers aged younger than 40.

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Patrick Cramer NVBMB Speaker of the Year 2019

We are proud to announce the NVBMB speaker of the year 2019: Patrick Cramer from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. Dr. Cramer combines structural biology with functional genomics and bioinformatics in eukaryotic systems to decipher how our genome is transcribed and regulated in health and disease. More information on the seminar series in the fall will be announced later.

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