Friščić, Tomislav (Chemistry)
Gehring, Kalle (Biochemistry)
Mittermaier, Anthony (Chemistry, Chemical Biology)
Reven, Linda (Chemistry, Materials Chemistry)
Sprules, Tara (QANUC)
Stein, Robin (NMR Facility)
McGill NMR Facility (Chemistry)
GRASP (Groupe de Recherche Axé sur la Structure des Protéines)
To celebrate the re-opening of QANUC (Quebec / Eastern Canada High-Field NMR Facility) with the installation of the new 800 MHz NMR instrument and the addition of EPR to the McGill Chemistry Magnetic Resonance Facility, we are holding a symposium on Friday July 21st.
In the morning, NMR talks will start off with an opening lecture by Prof. Christian Griesinger (MPI Gottingen) and include talks from local users Kathy Borden, Nick Doucet, Pascale Legault and the QANUC Director, Anthony Mittermaier. In parallel, an EPR workshop run by Bruker will take place in the EPR lab.
Lunch and lab tours will be followed by EPR talks featuring John McCracken (Michigan State University), Gunnar Jeschke (ETH Zurich), Sushil Misra (Concordia), and Scott Bohle (McGill). The theme is What EPR Can Do For You and anyone interested in EPR is welcome! Also in the afternoon, Tara Sprules will lead a workshop on multi-dimensional data processing using NMRPipe (geared towards grad students/postdocs that are actively working on an NMR project).
Visit the website for more information and to sign up (required). Contact Robin Stein for information about the EPR workshop and talks and Tara Sprules for information about the NMR workshop and talks, and please forward this to anyone who might be interested.
Robin Stein and Tara Sprules
NMR/EPR Facility Manager
Dept of Chemistry, McGill University
Room 35B, Otto Maass, 801 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, QC H3A 0B8
Christer B. Aakeröy and Tomislav Friščić, "2014 International year of crystallography celebration: North America," (Editorial) CrystEngComm 16 (2014) 7160-7161. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4ce90100b
Canadian NMR contributions
Blaine Chronik (Western) Magnetic Resonance Systems Development
Kalle Gehring (McGill) Protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum
Paul Hazendonk (Lethbridge) Solid-State NMR of Complex Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Materials
William MacFarlane (UBC) Development and Application of Depth-Resolved beta-Detected Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to electronic, ionic and molecular phenomena in the Solid State
Anthony Mittermaier (McGill) Binding Mechanisms and Conformational Equilibria in Biomacromolecular Interactions
Geoffrey Ozin (Toronto) Silicon Nanochemistry
Linda Reven (McGill) Solid-State NMR of Polymer and Liquid Crystalline Nanocomposites
Andre Simpson (Toronto Scarborough) Development of flow-based and magic angle spinning in-vivo NMR to understand environmental stress
Jenifer Thewalt (Simon Fraser) Domains in Biologically Relevant Lipid Membranes
Julian Zhu (Université de Montréal) Versatile Polymeric Biomaterials
Discovery Accelerator Supplement
$120,000 over three years
|Giuseppe Melacini (McMaster) Solution NMR Studies of Interactions of Ligands With Plasma Proteins|
Research Tools and Instruments (RTI)
|Derek Gates (UBC) Upgrade to UBC-Chemistry Departmental NMR Facility|
Monday November 19, 2012, 8:00am - 6:30pm
McGill New Residence Hall
3625 Avenue du Parc
Montréal, QC, H2X 3P8
Drs. Kalle Gehring and Albert Berghuis would like to invite you to take part in the fifth scientific symposium of GRASP.
Outstanding international speakers - Gregory Petsko, Wolfgang Peti, Frank Sicheri, Anne-Claude Gingras, Paul de Koninck, Brian Sykes - poster sessions, exhibitors and short talks will be presented at this auspicious event, demonstrating the affluence of structural biology research in Quebec.
Registration is free, thanks to our very generous sponsors, but you need to register if you want your abstract to be selected for an oral presentation and/or your abstract title to be printed in the booklet. Registration is now open.
For information about this symposium, please send an email [grasp.med "at" mcgill.ca] or visit
The organizing committee:
Kalle Gehring, GRASP Director
Albert Berghuis, GRASP Co-Director
Annick Guyot, GRASP Coordinator
Cover article in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics (Sept 4/12)
G. Jansen, P. Määttänen, A.Y. Denisov, L. Scarffe, B. Schade, H. Balghi, K. Dejgaard, L.Y. Chen, W.J. Muller, K. Gehring and D.Y. Thomas, "An interaction map of ER chaperones and foldases," Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 11 (2012) 710-723. (Cover article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1074/mcp.M111.016550
Anthony Mittermaier (May 21/12)
Agilent Technologies has announced the winner of the fourth annual Agilent Early Career Professor Award. Dr. Anthony Mittermaier, associate professor of chemistry at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, will receive $50,000 per year for two years in his name, to support his research.
Mittermaier joined the faculty in the department of chemistry at McGill in 2005 and has used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in his research to develop an understanding of how the primary amino-acid sequence of a protein determines its dynamic properties. His work has also established links between structural mobility at the microscopic level and functional activity at the macroscopic level.
This year's award focused on the field of structural biology using NMR, an area of research highly valued by Agilent. To qualify for the award, a professor must make significant contributions to the subset of structural biology that uses NMR techniques to improve understanding of the molecular structure and function of nucleic acids or proteins. Mittermaier's research has successfully applied molecular biology, mutagenesis methods and NMR to probe the relationship between protein sequences, dynamics and function.
"We are delighted to learn that Agilent has selected our colleague Anthony Mittermaier for this prestigious award," said professor R. Bruce Lennox, chair of McGill's department of chemistry. "Professor Mittermaier is a pioneer in recognizing the power of an integrated dynamic and thermodynamic approach to understanding protein behavior. His combined NMR/calorimetry approach to sorting out the coupled protein folding/allostery problem is likely to find widespread application to many protein systems."
"This year, we were fortunate to have another group of impressive candidates," said Jack Wenstrand, director of University Relations at Agilent. "Our winner, Dr. Anthony Mittermaier, has demonstrated the highest level of excellence and skill in structural biology, and we are looking forward to following his innovative research endeavors."
The Agilent Early Career Professor Award is presented annually to recognize and encourage excellence in measurement research. It seeks to establish strong collaborative relationships between Agilent researchers and leading professors early in their careers, as well as to underscore Agilent's role as a sponsor of university research. More details are available at
the Fall 2011 issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" bulletin is now available for download. In this issue Kalle Gehring (McGill) introduces a new CREATE trainig program in Bionanomachines. There are also many interesting recent research and hardware developments and awards, and as usual plentiful of MR publications!
You are welcome to forward this bulletin to your students and co-workers.
The 94th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2011) "Chemistry and Health" will be held in Montréal, Québec from June 5-9, 2011, as a joint effort of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and the four Montréal Universities, with the Université de Montréal Chemistry Department as the host. The CSC is the largest annual national event for chemical professionals attracting close to 2500 participants each year.
Canada is very dynamic in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy and to pursue the tradition, a solid-state NMR workshop as well as two 1.5-day NMR symposia are scheduled to cover a wide range of applications and developments in the fields of solution and solid-state NMR.
Profs Anthony Mittermaier (McGill University) and Pierre Lavigne (Université de Sherbrooke) are organizing the "Solution NMR: Biomolecular structure, dynamics, and function" symposium which includes, amongst a list of over 15 speakers, Charalampos Kalodimos (Rutgers U.). Brian Sykes (U. of Alberta), Gary Shaw (U. Western Ontario) and Lawrence McIntosh (UBC).
Profs Michel Lafleur (Université de Montréal) and Isabelle Marcotte (Université du Québec à Montréal) are co-organizers of the symposium entitled "Solid-state NMR: From materials to biomolecules". So far, Profs Marc Baldus (U. of Utrecht), Vladimir Ladizhansky (U. of Guelph), Bruce Balcom (U. New Brunswick), Valerie Booth (Memorial U.) and Dr. Ansgar Siemer (Columbia U.) have confirmed their presence as guest speakers.
invite you to participate in the CSC2011 conference which plenary
lecturer will be Nobel Laureate Prof. Roger Tsien (U. of
California, San Diego). More detail on the symposia, abstract
submission and registration can be found on the conference website
The deadline for abstract submission is February 15, 2011.
Submit your abstract through Hermes Conference Centre via the CSC2011 website. Details are available at http://www.csc2011.ca/Program/submit_abstract.html
NMR Symposia Organizers
Tuesday, May 13, 2010: This one-day, on-site Symposium aims to bring together research groups interested in using physical/chemical tools to study biological systems. This will be a great opportunity to interact with other biophysical/biochemical labs in Eastern Canada. This year's program is very exciting, with talks from researchers at Montreal, Ottawa, Sherbrooke, and Kingston, and a plenary lecture from Prof. Mike Summers (HHMI).
EPR Research Assistant
Applications are invited for a research assistant in the general area of EPR spectroscopy in the Centre for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS), McGill University, Montreal, Canada. The duties for the position are to assist in research related to materials science, free radical biology, and bioinorganic chemistry and to train students in the use of our new Bruker ELEXSYS FT-EPR. A successful candidate will have a PhD in physical chemistry with extensive hands-on EPR experience and good knowledge of pulse magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Exceptional candidates with an MSc degree and extensive EPR experience will also be considered.
The position is available immediately and will entail a year to year contract and remuneration at a level comparable to a postdoctoral position.
applicants should apply with a CV and arrange for three letters of reference
to be sent directly to Prof. Perepichka (dmitrii.perepichka "at"
for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures
Department of Chemistry
801 Sherbrooke str West
Montreal H3A 2K6
The registration deadline for the 5th Annual McGill Biophysical Chemistry Symposium has been extended from April 17th to April 24th. This symposium will take place on Tuesday May 5th with Prof. Taekjip Ha from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as the plenary speaker. Researchers from McGill, Concordia, Laval, U Montreal, U Ottawa, U Sherbrooke, and the National Research Council in Ottawa will present talks. The all-day event will feature a poster session for students as well as a complimentary lunch and refreshments. (PDF poster, 350 kB)
Registration is FREE OF CHARGE but please do register soon, as space is limited. Please email your name, your contact information, and your poster abstract to "biophys.chem at mcgill.ca". All inquiries can also be sent to this address. Hope to see you all there.
Anthony Mittermaier (Chemistry, Chemical Biology)