Welcome to the Melbourne Protein Group (MPG) webpage

The MPG was an initiation of the Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function and continues to enjoy the generous support of this organization. In 2009, the MPG became a special interest group of the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and in 2010 we became an affiliate of Proteomics and Metabolomics Victoria. Our goal is to provide opportunities for young Victorian researchers interested in topics related to all aspects of protein’s function, structure and their role in health and disease to present their research data, network with other students, guest speakers, trade delegates; and to gain experience presenting their research at either the annual MPG student meeting or biannual postdoc meeting.

Last year marked the 11th annual MPG Student Symposium that was held at the Monash University on Thursday, July 5th. This popular meeting once again presented outstanding science from our young researchers, as well as from our two keynote speakers, Associate Professor Emily Parker from the University of Canterbury (NZ) and Dr. Jon Oakhill from SVI. This year, our 12th annual MPG Student Symposium will be held at La Trobe University on Thursday, July 11. We look forward to a vibrant meeting and look out for further updates on this event closer to the date.

In addition to hosting the student symposia, in 2012, the 2nd MPG Postdoctoral Symposium was held at new Brain Institute in Parkville and proved a great success. Our guest speakers were Prof Brendon Crabb (Burnet Institute) and Prof. Phil Robinson (Children's Medical Research Institute, NSW) and this year we had 9 post-doc scientists chosen from the abstracts.

We welcome any suggestions for improvements to our core activities or any other ideas that you would like to see implemented. Let us know if you are interested in joining the planning committee. Feel free to explore our website and also follow the MPG on Facebook or Linkedin!

David Stapleton
President, MPG

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