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The conference will comprise 3 days of talks and posters
– the focus will be on the bioinorganic chemistry of the porphyrinoids
all metals; heme proteins), of the metallothioneins, of the Group 11 and
of the toxic metals (especially As), and of other systems of bioinorganic
Symposia will include spectroscopic studies (including magnetic circular
resonance Raman, EPR, IR); structural aspects from NMR and XAFS
techniques, and theoretical
results (especially application of ground state DFT and TD-DFT
metal binding sites in biological systems). The symposium on heme
binding proteins will bring into focus approaches to alleviate the
devastating effects of the MRSA bacteria now sweeping hospitals across
North America. The conference will be held in the brand new Stockey
Centre in Parry Sound, Ontario starting at 8:00 am 23rd May, 2007 and
ending with the banquet late on Friday, May 25th. The conference hotel
is the Microtel Inn, Parry Sound. A coach will be available for
transportation from and to Toronto airport to Parry Sound on the 22nd May
and 26th May. A shuttle bus will operate between the hotels and the
Stockey Centre during the conference. The conference participants will
enjoy the sights of Georgian Bay on a cruise on the Island Queen.
This is a satellite meeting to the Canadian National Chemistry Conference
held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 26th – 30th, especially the two
bioinorganic symposia to be held in Winnipeg. All CSC attendees are
welcome to start their bioinorganic experience at CanBIC in Parry Sound!
Please plan your flight from Toronto to Winnipeg to leave after 14:00 on
the 26th May to allow time to travel from Parry Sound that morning.
There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion in this beautiful
on the dock in Parry Sound. The International organizing committee
encourages your participation through oral papers or posters in this
Message from Martin Stillman,
I am delighted to welcome you to this conference devoted to the
biological chemistry of metals to be held in this wonderful setting. The
development of ever more powerful techniques both experimental and
theoretical has allowed research to delve in detail into this remarkable
chemistry. Where science has had a few hundred years to refine chemical
mechanisms, Nature has had a billion years and the results are staggering
in their exquisite refinement, from the delicate tuning that allows iron
to bind oxygen reversibly to the miraculous operation of the nervous
system, there is much to study and then mimic synthetically. There is a
downside in the toxic effects of almost all metals at some concentration.
These effects too need detailed and careful study. The symposia offered
over the three days in Parry Sound bring together scientists from across
the world who directly research these areas - the location in the
beautifully rugged Parry Sound, Ontario will foster discussion and
collaborations. Welcome to CanBIC!
Message from Prof. Kim Baines, Chair
of the Department of Chemistry,
On behalf of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Western
Ontario, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 1st Georgian
Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry. I especially
want to welcome our international attendees and their guests to this
magnificent area of our country. I hope you are able to take some time to
enjoy all that it has to offer. I am pleased to see the strong
encouragement of participation by students. The younger chemists are
critical for the future of our profession and I sincerely hope they take
advantage of this excellent opportunity to interact directly with the
experts in their field.
The conference, known more simply as CanBIC, focuses on the intricate
connections and functions of metals in biological systems. It includes a
wide range of symposia: from the synthetic chemistry of the porphyrins to
the toxicological effects and transport of metals in organisms, to the
spectroscopic measurement in metal binding sites, to nanobiology and the
theoretical understanding of electronic control of function. I am sure
the beauty of Georgian Bay with its thirty thousand islands, and the
ruggedness of the landscape will promote numerous rewarding scientific
This conference would not be possible without Martin Stillman and his
research group. I would like to take this opportunity to extend my
sincere thanks to them for their tireless efforts in organizing what
promises to be a very exciting conference.
I am delighted to be able to support the conference on behalf of the
Department of Chemistry. My hope is that you leave the conference with
new inspirations and new prospects for future collaborations. Have fun!
Kim M. Baines,
Professor and Chair,
Department of Chemistry
The University of Western Ontario
March 19th, 2007 CanBIC Conference Participants:
On behalf of the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound it
is with pride and enthusiasm that I welcome all Conference Participants
to the Town of Parry Sound for the 1st Georgian Bay International
Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry.
A shared goal of the Mayor, Town Council, and Staff is the dedication to
improving the quality of life within the Town of Parry Sound and Area.
The following Mission Statement displays the proactive philosophy that is
prevalent in Parry Sound:
“The Town of Parry Sound - being the area’s economic hub and the heart of
the thirty thousand islands - is committed to serving the community by
providing various enjoyable opportunities along with an enhanced, secure,
and prosperous quality of life in our distinctive natural
I trust that your visit to the world renowned jewel of the 30,000 Islands
on Georgian Bay will be an enjoyable and memorable experience and that
you will have a very successful conference.