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The Nucleic Acids Group

 

The former NAMBG has reconstituted as the Nucleic Acids Group, which is now a Subject Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) within the Chemical Biology Forum.

 

This website is an informal IT Supported Group within the Biochemical Society and is an informal part of the RSC Nucleic Acids Group. The NAG IT group will work closely with the Biochemical Society's Theme Panels, particularly Theme Panel I-Genes and Theme Panel II-Molecular Structure and Function.

Potential meeting organizers and other Societies and Groups who have ideas for new meetings or other joint activities should contact Richard Bowater (r.bowater@uea.ac.uk) tel no.: +44 (0) 1603 592186.

 

The purpose of the group is to promote the subject of nucleic acids (including aspects of their chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics), primarily via organization of meetings covering topics within the subject. The Group activities are administered by a committee which is also currently part of the new RSC Nucleic Acids Group. The Group welcomes suggestions for meetings which will be channelled either through the Biochemical Society or the RSC as appropriate.

 

The Nucleic Acids Group Committee Members

 

David Lilley (Chair) dmjlilley@bad.dundee.ac.uk
Rick Cosstick (Treasurer) rcosstic@liv.ac.uk
Richard Bowater (Secretary) r.bowater@uea.ac.uk
Mike Gait (Immediate Past Chair) mgait@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk
Duncan Graham duncan.graham@strath.ac.uk
Jane Grasby J.A.Grasby@sheffield.ac.uk
Steve Halford s.halford@bristol.ac.uk
Penny Jeggo P.A.Jeggo@sussex.ac.uk
Jason Micklefield jason.micklefield@umist.ac.uk
Mark Searcey M.Searcey@uea.ac.uk
Chris Smith cwjs1@mole.bio.cam.ac.uk

 

 

 

The Nucleic Acids Award Lecture (sponsored by Idera Pharmaceuticals)
This lecture series was established in 1998 to honour world-renowned scientists who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of chemistry and/or biochemistry of nucleic acids. Award Lectures are usually given annually in conjunction with conferences supported by the Nucleic Acids Group.
Recent recipients of the Nucleic Acids Award Lecture:
2005: Professor Greg Verdine (Harvard University, USA) at the Responses to DNA Damage conference, Sussex, September 2005.
2006: Professor Ignacio Tinoco (University of California, Berkeley, USA) at the Frontiers in Chemical Biology: Single Molecules conference in Cambridge, March 2006
2007: Professor Jennifer Doudna (University of California, Berkeley) at the NACON VII conference, University of Sheffield, 1-5 April, 2007
2008: Professor Martin Gellert (NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA) at the Topo2008 conference, John Innes Centre, Norwich, 20-24 July, 2008.
2009: Professor Reinhard Lührmann (Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen) at the NACON 8 conference in Sheffield, 12-15 September, 2010.
 
A maximum of two bursaries are available towards the attendance costs, at conferences in which an Award Lecture is given, to support postgraduate research students or postdoctoral fellows within 5 years of receiving a PhD. Applications should include:
 
1) a recommendation letter from a supervisor or head of department.
2) a copy of the abstract for an accepted poster or talk at the conference.
3) evidence of the registration/accommodation costs required.
 
Applications for bursaries should be made at least 8 weeks in advance of the meeting. Apply to: Dr M.J. Gait, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Hills Road, CambridgeCB2 2QH (mgait@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk)
 

 

Hutchinson Bursary Awards

Bursaries are available (maximum of £300 per applicant and £800 per conference) at the Trustees' discretion to support postgraduate students registered for a PhD at a UK University to attend conferences or meetings approved by the Nucleic Acids Group. Applications should include

 

1) a recommendation letter from a supervisor or head of department.

2) a copy of the abstract for an accepted poster or talk at the conference.

3) evidence of the registration/accommodation costs required.

 

Those granted bursaries are asked to provide a short report about their attendance after the meeting.

 

Applications for bursaries should be made at least 8 weeks in advance of the meeting. Apply to: Dr M.J. Gait, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QH.

(mgait@mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk)

 

Future Meetings

The Nucleic Acids Chemistry and Biology 6th Cambridge Symposium

4 - 7 September 2011 at Queens' College, Cambridge, UK.