Molecular biology symposium opens at Biopolis

The Biopolis complex at Buona Vista. Topics from vaccine design to using mouse skin to understand inflammatory skin diseases in humans were on the agenda as the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Gold Medallist Symposium 2015 opened at Bi
The Biopolis complex at Buona Vista. Topics from vaccine design to using mouse skin to understand inflammatory skin diseases in humans were on the agenda as the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Gold Medallist Symposium 2015 opened at Biopolis on Monday afternoon. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - Topics from vaccine design to using mouse skin to understand inflammatory skin diseases in humans were on the agenda as the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) Gold Medallist Symposium 2015 opened at Biopolis on Monday afternoon.

Jointly organised by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and EMBO, it is is the second such symposium to be held in Singapore after Euro Gold in 2009.

Professors from countries including Switzerland, Spain and Singapore will share ideas at the three-day event.

The EMBO gold medal will also be given out to a top European scientist under the age of 40 who has made significant contributions to the field of molecular biology.

EMBO has been making active efforts to include other discipline.

In her opening address, EMBO director Professor Maria Leptin said: "These days, almost all sciences include some element of molecular biology, which is why we made a conscious attempt to include all the life sciences."

Aimed at young scientists in the field of biology in Singapore, the symposium serves as an opportunity to for them to interact and learn from previous EMBO Gold Medallists and aspire towards similar breakthroughs.

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