[ASC-media] Media alert: International Proteomics Conference in Australia

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Thu Oct 30 10:25:24 EST 2003


SIR MARK OLIPHANT CONFERENCE

MEDIA ALERT

October 30, 2003


PROTEOMICS - THE NEXT BIG SCIENTIFIC LEAP


The cutting-edge science of proteomics - and Australia's contribution to it - will be in the spotlight next week at a major international scientific conference in Sydney

The Sir Mark Oliphant Conference "Proteomics: Progress, Partnership and Possibilities" will be held at the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science Conference Centre from November 3-5.

Authorities from Australia, Europe, Asia, and North America will explore the role of proteomics in improving human health, the development of next-generation technologies and spectacular growth of the global business of proteomics.

The term "proteome" was coined in 1994 by Australian Marc Wilkins - a  founder of the Australian high-tech success Proteome Systems Ltd - to describe the science of separating, identifying and characterising proteins, the main messenger molecules of life itself.

Proteins make up approximately half of the dry matter of living organisms, and are required for the structure, function and regulation of the body's cells, tissues and organs. Changes in their composition or abundance can lead to disease, making proteomics one of the most important of the emerging health sciences.

For further information:

Media seeking to interview speakers at the conference are asked to contact Dr Kevin Downard, on 02 9351 6270.

or Sydney University Media Office, 02 9351 2261.

Details of the Sir Mark Oliphant Conference on Proteomics:
http://www.mmb.usyd.edu.au/oliphant/about.html






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