President's Message


ASBMB President Steven McKnight takes a look at the grant scores of investigators at his institution to see just how much the approach criterion affects the overall impact score.

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News from the Hill


Early in April, the National Institutes of Health issued a request for information titled “Optimizing Funding Policies and Other Strategies to Improve the Impact and Sustainability of Biomedical Research.”  

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Journal News


Catch up on recent publications in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Molecular & Cellular Proteomics and the Journal of Lipid Research.

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Asthma awareness month


The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America designates May as National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month because higher pollen count and air pollution combined with increased outdoor activity cause an increased number of asthma-related hospitalizations during spring and summer. 

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New program for early-career faculty


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Simons Foundation recently launched a new Faculty Scholars program to invest in early-career scientists at the forefront of biological research. 

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New Tabor young investigator award winner


Biswarathan Ramani, a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, won the Journal of Biological Chemistry/Herb Tabor Young Investigator Award at the 8th International Conference on Unstable Microsatellites and Human Disease earlier this year in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

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Small meeting on membrane-anchored serine proteases


A special symposium in September will focus on the biochemistry, biology and pathophysiological functions of membrane-anchored serine proteases, including the translational research opportunities afforded by this interesting group of enzymes.

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The many faces of lipins


Lipins define a class of Mg2+-dependent phosphatidic acid phosphatases collectively known as PAPs. Lipin 1, the founding member of this widely conserved family in eukaryotes, originally was identified as the gene mutated in fatty liver dystrophy mice.

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Member Update


Find out what's going on in the lives of your colleagues.

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