Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, 2004
Vol. 12 (1&2) : 1
Letter from the Editor
‘...Change is the only Constant...’
We celebrate the launch of this Inaugural 2004 Online Issue of the Asia Pacific Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Over the years, our subscribers, members of the society and associates have found the journal to be very useful both in terms of facilitating peer reviewed scientific communication as well as providing a platform for some relevant updates and happenings in the region. The journal is indeed no longer what it was like ‘in those days’ as those days have passsed, the people have moved on and we now face new scenarios and challenges.
The Editorial Board felt that it was imperative that the APJMBB be made available to a wider readership within the region. With two hardcopy issues per year available only to life members of the society and personal/institutional subscribers, part time staff, the issue of sustainability in the ever changing world of scientific publications, and requirements of citation indices, we recognized that a major change was required.
During the course of this year, members of the editorial team have been working closely with the Malaysian Society of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, the World Health Organization and our corporate sponsors to realize our vision and full support of Open Access publication. This means that as for as long as it remains feasible, authors will continue to receive reprints. Hard copies of the journal will eventually be phased out.
We shall do out best to inform our readers, contributors and institutions of the latest developments and will strive to make the online version as user friendly as possible. In fact, I have received positive feedback from some readers who like what they have seen on our website at http://www.msmbb.org.my. Do remember to bookmark this site. I have found that it is easier to access with the Google search engine. Try it yourself and email us if there is a problem, we’d be happy to be of assistance.
The Editorial board thanks you for your support. Keep publishing.
All Best Wishes for 2005.
Maude E. Phipps
We are pleased to announce that the Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MSMBB) will award travel grants to selected qualified members to encourage their participation in the upcoming 4th International Conference on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology 2020 (ICMBB2020), to be held on 3 rd to 4 th June 2020 at the National Science Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Two (2) awardees will each receive a travel grant of RM500 with an ICMBB2020 registration fee waiver.
The MSMBB member must fulfill the following criteria:
- • Membership for at least two (2) consecutive years
- • Registered at ICMBB2020 with proof of registration provided
- • Selected as an ORAL presenter for the conference
- • Attend the full conference of ICMBB2020
Procedure of Application
- 2. All submitted applications will be reviewed by the committee and applicants will be notified of their outcome by email within one (1) month from due date of submission.
- 3. Decisions on the grant will be made by the MSMBB Council and are final.
- 1. Successful applicants will be informed by email on 1st May 2020.
- 2. All successful applicants must acknowledge MSMBB in at least one slide during their presentation in the conference.
- 3. Grant recipients must submit a travel report/testimonial with conference photos within one (1) month of their return. MSMBB reserves the right to publish the travel report/testimonial on the MSMBB website or any other social media.
- 4. Successful applicants will receive the RM500 travel grant within one week after the submission of the conference report.
4th International Conference on Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (ICBMBB 2020)
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3rd International Conference on Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (ICBMBB 2019)
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2nd International Conference on Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (ICBMBB 2018)
Link for details of ICBMBB 2018 https://msbmb2010.wixsite.com/icbmbb2018
Call for Abstracts
Translational research involves moving knowledge and discovery gained from the basic sciences to its application in population-based community interventions. The Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (MSMBB), Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB) and Monash University Malaysia (MUM) take great pride in inviting you to the International Conference on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in conjunction with the 24th Scientific Meeting of the Malaysian Society for Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (MSMBB), which is scheduled to be held on the 1st to 2nd November 2017 under the theme “Translating Research into Applications”. The ICMBB-MSMBB-AFOB-MUM 2017 will be an arena for research scientists, industry professionals and small enterprises to come together, share experiences, discuss research findings and acquire cutting-edge information for practical exercise. The ICMBB-MSMBB-AFOB-MUM 2017 also gives an opportunity for postgraduate students and post- doctoral fellows to present their research to a larger audience, get constructive criticism and useful advice.
Call for Rapid Fire Oral Presentation Award Category Abstracts
In continuing our tradition of nurturing budding young scientists, this conference offers an avenue for postgraduate students to present their exciting research findings. All postgraduate students are invited to submit an abstract in either Biotechnology or Molecular Biology category. Only shortlisted candidates will be required to do a 5-minute oral presentation followed by 5 minutes of Q&A at the main conference. Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to the winners! Download the registration form and instructions now.
Key Dates: --------- 31st August 2017
Abstract & registration deadline: 31st July 2017
Acceptance notification: 15th September 2017
Presentation types: Oral and Poster (in English)
Instruction for speakers: please click here
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Instructions for Rapid Fire Oral Presentation Award: please click here
Rapid Fire Oral Presentation Slide Template: please click here
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As. Pac. J. Mol. Biol. & Biotech., Dec 2002
Vol. 10 (2) : 73
Letter from the Editor
This edition marks the 10th anniversary of this journal and I believe the coming of age of molecular biology and biotechnology in the region. The Human Genome sequence will be completed in 2003 and the World Health Organization has recently launched the global Genomics and Health Initiative.
Most biotechnology and genomics research is being carried out in the industrialized world although it is heartening to note that the pace is increasing in our region. The current development of methodologies and new therapies are primarily market driven. While the pace of science and technology progresses ahead, several crucial factors in developing countries, specifically those in the Asia Pacific Region may determine the course of events. The majority of the world’s population and natural resources are here. Many of the disease groups and new diseases are emerging. The market size and number of potential consumers is huge. Technological advances may be quite easily transferred providing the population is educated and trained. Issues encompassing intellectual property, biopiracy, exploitation, fear of being left behind, the genomics divide and the impact of globalization are of concern. Initiatives must be taken within the developing countries in the region and perhaps elsewhere to initiate and maintain the necessary scientific, legal, social and ethical capacities required to cope with the tides that determine our future.
The Board of Editors thanks you for your sustained interest and contributions over the years. I wish to draw your attention to some recent changes we have made to further improve the quality of the journal to better serve your interests. We have now several regional editors based in Australia, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico who will facilitate the initial assessments of manuscripts. The international advisory board has been trimmed and streamlined. We will expand it when opportunities present themselves so that we do get scientists of the highest quality and dedication. We are also receiving cooperate sponsorship which helps us maintain the current nominal subscription and publication rates. Contributors are advised to read carefully the revised instructions to authors to ensure that all relevant information is present, upon submission of manuscripts. You are also asked to suggest the names and contact information of at least 2 potential reviewers who are familiar with your field of work. I cannot over emphasize the requirement for complete references. Failure to do so will result in unnecessary delay or rejection. Kindly appreciate that we have to conform to international publishing standards. With your co-operation, we will ensure that publication is conducted in a timely manner.
Once again, thank you. Keep publishing
Maude E. Phipps
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