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New book: Essential Mathematics for NMR and MRI Spectroscopists (Jan 5/17)

Essential Mathematics for NMR and MRI Spectroscopists

Essential Mathematics for NMR and MRI Spectroscopists

by Keith C. Brown (University of Saskatchewan)
Hardcover: 551 pages
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry; Feb 2017
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1782627975
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1782627979
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1782627979

RSC: Beginning with a review of the important areas of mathematics, this book then covers many of the underlying theoretical and practical aspects of NMR and MRI spectroscopy from a maths point of view. Competence in algebra and introductory calculus is needed but all other maths concepts are covered. It will bridge a gap between high level and introductory titles used in NMR or MRI spectroscopy. Uniquely, it takes a very careful and pedagogical approach to the mathematics behind NMR and MRI. It leaves out very few steps, which distinguishes it from other books in the field.

The author is an NMR laboratory manager and is sympathetic to the frustrations of trying to understand where some of the fundamental equations come from hence his desire to either explicitly derive all equations for the reader or direct them to derivations. This is an essential text aimed at graduate students who are beginning their careers in NMR or MRI spectroscopy and laboratory managers if they need an understanding of the theoretical foundations of the technique.

Table of contents:
http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/ebook/978-1-78262-797-5#!divbookcontent


Dr. Lewis Kay appointed to Order of Canada (Jan 4/17)

via SickKids
http://www.sickkids.ca/AboutSickKids/Newsroom/Past-News/2017/SickKids-Dr-Lewis-Kay-Order-Canada.html

January 4, 2017

SickKids’ Dr. Lewis Kay appointed to Order of Canada

Dr. Lewis Kay, Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and a Professor in the Departments of Molecular Genetics, Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Toronto, was named an Officer of the Order for Canada, one of the country’s most prestigious civilian honours. The announcement was made December 30, 2016.

The Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of achievement. Kay is being cited for his pioneering research in biochemistry and medical imaging science, which explores the structure and behaviour of proteins.

“I am thrilled to congratulate Dr. Kay on this well-deserved honour. His development and application of new NMR methods that link protein dynamics to biological function have made and continue to make an extraordinary contribution to our country and our world,” says Dr. Michael Salter, Chief of Research, SickKids.

Kay is a researcher in Molecular Structure & Function at the SickKids Research Institute. His laboratory focuses on the development of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques for studying macromolecular structure and dynamics, and the application of NMR techniques to problems of biological and clinical importance. He has extended NMR from a technique used to probe small protein systems to one that enables the study of molecular machines at atomic resolution and has used these techniques to demonstrate the importance of dynamics in such critical components of the cell. He is also a Canada Research Chair in Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics.

Nearly 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order since it was established in 1967. Kay will receive his insignia at a ceremony at a later date. Learn more on the Order of Canada website.


CSC 2017 100th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (Dec 12/16)

From Rui Resendes,
President, Canadian Society for Chemistry

Dear CSC members,

I invite you to attend the 100th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2017) next May 28-June 1, 2017 in Toronto. The Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) is working with the University of Toronto Chemistry Department to plan this centenary event under the theme "A Celebration of Chemistry." I invite you to submit your abstract for this milestone conference and encourage you to promote this event to your colleagues, both in Canada and internationally.

CSC 2017 will be the largest national event for chemical scientists working in academia, industry or government.

Conference Features:
•World renowned plenary lecturers: Charles Lieber and Sir Martyn Poliakoff
•Jointly organized international symposia
•Industrial program
•Professional development program, and poster sessions.
•Outreach event led by Molly Shoichet.
•Largest ever CSC conference Exhibition Hall

I would like to thank the University of Toronto organizing committee: Conference Chair Robert Batey, Technical Program Chair Mark Lautens, and Sponsorship Chair Doug Stephan for their tireless efforts in planning CSC's centenary conference.

Please visit the CSC 2017 website frequently as details will be posted regularly throughout the coming months.

I look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

Best regards,

Rui Resendes
President, Canadian Society for Chemistry

Abstract submission and registration is now open
http://www.csc2017.ca/program-0


Consider attending two NMR-related symposia:

"Advances in Solid State NMR: Inorganic Materials, Biological Solids and Theoretical Methods" http://www.csc2017.ca/node/254

Organizers:
Robert Schurko, University of Windsor
Simon Sharpe, The Hospital for Sick Children

"Protein Machines and Allostery"
http://www.csc2017.ca/node/254


Organizers:
Lewis Kay , University of Toronto
Giuseppe Melacini, McMaster University
Scott Prosser, University of Toronto


Invited Speakers:
Andy Byrd, National Cancer Institute
Nick Doucet, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre
James Fraser, University of California - San Francisco, USA
Lewis Kay, University of Toronto
Julie Kitevski, University of Toronto
Giuseppe Melacini, McMaster University
Anthony Mittermaier, McGill University
Scott Prosser, University of Toronto
Filip Van Petegem, University of British Columbia
Gianluigi Veglia, University of Minnesota, USA
Derek Wilson, York University


ISMAR 2017 Abstract Submission and Registration
now open
(Dec 1/16)

Québec City, July 23-28, 2017900

Join us in Québec City, Canada for ISMAR 2017, the 20th Meeting of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance, held jointly with the Rocky Mountain Conference on EPR

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee we would like to invite you to participate in ISMAR 2017 to be held in Québec City, Canada, 23 - 28 July 2017. This meeting will be held jointly with the Rocky Mountain Conference on EPR. As the birthplace of French North America, Québec’s capital is an open-air treasure trove sure to delight history buffs. Old Québec has been attracting travellers for generations. The historic walled city exudes Old-World charm, with its narrow, winding streets and extensive array of boutiques, museums, and attractions.

ISMAR 2017, like preceding ISMAR conferences, is a top level international conference bringing together scientists from around the world interested in recent developments in magnetic resonance. The primary goal of ISMAR 2017 is to present state-of-the-art research, recent achievements and global trends in magnetic resonance and to promote cross disciplinary interactions that can spur the development of this exciting research field.

ISMAR 2017 will also be a primary showcase for novel technologies, instrumentation and applications touching every aspect of magnetic resonance.

Topics for the conference will include:
• Solution NMR
• Solid-State NMR Materials/Methods
• Solid-State NMR Biological Applications/Methods
• MRI Methods, Medicine, Materials
• Hyperpolarization
• In vivo/In-cell
• Unusual
• EPR, biological
• EPR, materials
• EPR, methods, theory
• EPR, medicine

Confirmed Plenary Speakers are:
• Hanudatta S. Atreya, Indian Institute of Science, India
• Enrica Bordignon, Rurh Universität Bochum, Germany
• Jiangfeng Du, University of Science and Technology of China, China
• Song-I Han, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
• Lewis E. Kay, University of Toronto, Canada
• Malcolm H. Levitt, University of Southampton, UK
• Tatyana Polenova, University of Delaware, USA
• Klaus Schmidt-Rohr, Brandeis University, USA
• Christina Thiele, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
• Robert Tycko, National Institutes of Health, USA

We look forward to welcoming you to ISMAR 2017.

Michèle Auger and Isabelle Marcotte, Chairs
David Bryce, Co-Chair

To submit your abstract
http://www.ismar2017.org/abstract.html

To register
http://www.ismar2017.org/registration.html

Please visit the conference website for updates
http://www.ismar2017.org

And follow ISMAR2017 on social media

https://www.facebook.com/ismar2017

https://twitter.com/ISMAR2017


Invitation to the Alex D. Bain Symposium - Dec 13, 2016 (Nov 29/16)

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, Lewis Kay, Gillian Goward and Bob Berno, I would like to invite you to the Alex D. Bain Symposium “A Human Exchange on Chemical Exchange, Quadrupoles, Pulses and Relaxation”.

The symposium coordinates are:

Date: Tuesday December 13th, 2016
Time: 2-5pm
Place: PGCRL (The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, The Hospital for Sick Children, 686 Bay Street, Toronto), Event Rm.1: 02-9320 (second floor)

This will be an excellent occasion to meet and celebrate Alex’s career and friendship.

Confirmed speakers include:

Gillian R. Goward (McMaster)
J. Stephen Hartman (Brock)
Paul Hazendonk (U. of Lethbridge)
Lewis E. Kay (U. of Toronto)
William F. Reynolds (U. of Toronto)
Rod Wasylishen (U. of Alberta)

Further information will be made available as we approach December 13th.

In the meantime, I hope you can mark your calendar for this event.

I hope to see you in Toronto on the 13th,

Regards, Giuseppe

Giuseppe Melacini, Ph.D.
Professor, McMaster University
Dept. of Chemistry & Chemical Biology,
Dept. of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences

http://www.chemistry.mcmaster.ca/melacini
E-mail: melacin "at" mcmaster.ca
phone: (905)525-9140 ext. 26959


New book: Essential Mathematics for NMR and MRI Spectroscopists (Nov 5/16)

Essential Mathematics for NMR and MRI Spectroscopists

Essential Mathematics for NMR and MRI Spectroscopists

by Keith C. Brown (University of Saskatchewan)
Hardcover: 551 pages
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry; Feb 2017
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1782627975
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1782627979
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/1782627979

RSC: Beginning with a review of the important areas of mathematics, this book then covers many of the underlying theoretical and practical aspects of NMR and MRI spectroscopy from a maths point of view. Competence in algebra and introductory calculus is needed but all other maths concepts are covered. It will bridge a gap between high level and introductory titles used in NMR or MRI spectroscopy. Uniquely, it takes a very careful and pedagogical approach to the mathematics behind NMR and MRI. It leaves out very few steps, which distinguishes it from other books in the field.

The author is an NMR laboratory manager and is sympathetic to the frustrations of trying to understand where some of the fundamental equations come from hence his desire to either explicitly derive all equations for the reader or direct them to derivations. This is an essential text aimed at graduate students who are beginning their careers in NMR or MRI spectroscopy and laboratory managers if they need an understanding of the theoretical foundations of the technique.

Table of contents:
http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/ebook/978-1-78262-797-5#!divbookcontent


29th Annual MOOT NMR Conference in Charlottetown, PEI (Sept 20/16)

Welcome to MOOT 29!

This year, we will be hosting the event at the Best Western in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on the weekend of September 30th - October 2nd, 2016.

The MOOT NMR meeting is now well-established and has always been a relatively small, informal gathering. Its main goal is to serve as a forum for students and postdocs to present their latest work. There is, of course, also an important social aspect, with a chance for the NMR community in central and eastern Canada to get together and catch up with each other. This year's meeting will follow the usual format: arrival and socializing on Friday (Upstreet Craft Brewing), talks and posters on Saturday, followed by a banquet (Lobster on the Wharf), then talks on Sunday morning.

Bookmark the MOOT website (http://www.mootnmr.org), or follow us on twitter (https://twitter.com/mootnmr) and watch for further updates.

We look forward to seeing you all in Charlottetown this fall.

Chris Kirby

--
The Organizing Committee
29th MOOT NMR Symposium
September 30th - October 2nd, 2016
Charlottetown, PE
Web: http://www.mootnmr.org
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mootnmr
E-mail: [mootnmr "at" gmail.com]

Julie Forman-Kay elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada (Sept 13/16)

via University of Toronto
http://biochemistry.utoronto.ca/2016/09/julie-forman-kay-elected-as-a-fellow-to-the-royal-society-of-canada/

FORMAN-KAY, Julie – Molecular Structure & Function Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto

Julie Forman-Kay is the foremost Canadian expert in developing and applying tools to study the structure, interactions and functions of disordered proteins of significant biomedical relevance. Her work has led to scientific understanding of the importance of disordered proteins and links their dynamic properties and biological function, providing a foundation for novel therapeutic approaches. Her contributions have attracted recognition in the form of numerous awards, invited presentations and leadership positions.

This year’s new Fellows will be inducted to the academies of the RSC during the Induction and Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Isabel Bader Centre in Kingston, Ontario.

https://www.rsc-src.ca/en/about-us/our-people/our-priorities/royal-society-canada-names-2016-new-fellows


9th Annual GRASP Symposium, Nov 21, 2016, McGill University (Sept 10/16)

November 21, 2016, McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada
http://grasp.mcgill.ca/english/symposium/symposium.html

NSERC 2016 Competition Results (Sept 1/16) [NSERC  ]

Discovery Grants

Darren Brouwer (Redeemer) New NMR Crystallography Approaches for Structure Determination of Difficult-to-Characterize Materials

James Davis (Guelph) Model Membrane Structure, Molecular Order, Fluctuations and Dynamics

Roberta Flemming (Western) Minerals as recorders of Earth and planetary processes

Scott Kroeker (Manitoba) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Complex Solids: Paramagnetism, Disorder and Nuclear Waste Materials

Steven LaPlante (INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier) Developing NMR and Biophysical Strategies to Study Protein-Ligand Interactions and Reveal Interesting Compound Properties

James Longstaffe (Guelph) Magnetic Resonance Studies of Intermolecular Interactions in Environmental Matrices

Vladimir Michaelis (Alberta) Solid-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of Biomaterials

Joe O'Neil (Manitoba) Measurements of Protein Dynamics to Elucidate Protein and Enzyme Function

Robert Schurko (Windsor) Solid-State NMR Across the Periodic Table: Methods and Applications

Leonidas Spyracopoulos (Alberta) Molecular Mechanism for the Chaperone Activity of Hsp90

Gang Wu (Queen's) Exploring new frontiers of oxygen-17 NMR spectroscopy for chemical and biological applications

Research Tools and Instruments (RTI)

John Corrigan (Western) Critical Upgrade to Chemistry Department's Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer

Vladimir Michaelis (Alberta) An Urgent Triple Resonance NMR Upgrade for Materials Characterization

Robert Schurko (Windsor) Low-temperature Solid-State NMR Probe

Yuanming Pan (Saskatchewan) Critical upgrade for a Bruker EMX ESR spectrometer in the Saskatchewan Structural Sciences Centre