AUC Hosts the 18th International Conference of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The American University in Cairo (AUC) recently hosted the 18th International Conference of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ICBMB) under the theme “Toward a Better Future for Humanity.” The conference brought together faculty members and graduate students from the chemistry and biology departments, the Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology at AUC and over 300 researchers from around the world to explore critical topics aimed at improving human life. Researchers at the conference discussed various topics that address global and national challenges, from health diagnostics and cutting-edge findings in cancer treatment to genomic studies of neurodegenerative diseases and the production of biofuels from agricultural waste.
Hassan Azzazy, Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the ICBMB said: “The conference highlighted the need to form national and regional alliances in specific research areas, develop sustainable research collaborations with relevant African societies, and provide further opportunities and support for young researchers as well as women biochemists and molecular biologists.”
Organized annually by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology's Egyptian National Committee, “ICBMB represents the largest regional gathering of biochemists and molecular biologists,” Azzazy explained.
The 18th ICBMB held at AUC New Cairo Campus included 78 lectures and poster presentations, with researchers from the Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as prominent speakers from India, the United States, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Germany and Egypt.
“A major highlight this year is the active participation of young researchers and women scientists in various conference activities,” Azzazy said.