3rd International Meeting on Protein and RNA Structure Prediction

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I just returned from the 3rd International Meeting on Protein and RNA Structure Prediction held in Montego Bay, Jamaica. It was an excellent meeting held in a beautiful location.

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I presented our work on work on determining structures from sparse NMR data, in collaboration with the groups of Guy Montelione and Chris Jaroniec. There was a lot of interest and I had several interesting discussions.

There were a lot of interesting talks on topics ranging from better ways to do SAXS experiments to new structure prediction algorithms.

There was also some free time to explore. We went to a luminous lagoon filled with bioluminescent plankton that emit light in response to shear stress. It was an amazing experience.

Overall, it was a fantastic conference that I look forward to returning to in 2 years time.

Lab awarded CIHR grant

I'm extremely proud to announce that the MacCallum lab was awarded a five year grant from CIHR for our project aimed at developing new molecular diagnostics for crystal arthropathies. This is an exciting project with great results to date, and we're grateful for funding to push it further.

Overall success rates in this year's CIHR Project Grant were only 16 percent, which is completely unhealthy and reflects funding that has been flat for 15 years. Success rates outside of BC and Ontario were half the national average. Such regional disparities will not lead to the thriving research environment that Canadians need.

While I'm fortunate to have obtained a grant in the in the current climate, I hope that the Minister of Science recognizes the need for improved funding for science in Canada.

MOLSSI Workshop at Stanford

I recently attended the Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MOLSSI) workshop hosted at Stanford. MOLSSI is an NSF-funded consortium that aims to advance molecular simulation software, infrastructure, education, standards, and best practices. The workshop focused on the topics of conformational sampling, molecular simulation workflows, and emerging applications of machine learning in molecular science. The discussion was great and it was a wonderful opportunity to engage with people I hadn't met before, as well as old friends.