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Theses Defenses (Jan 29/14)

Eve Gagné (Université Laval) November 2013
Supervisor: Prof. Michèle Auger, Co-supervisors: Prof. Michel Guertin and Prof. Patrick Lagüe
M.Sc. thesis: "Études spectroscopiques de l’interaction entre des membranes modèles et une hémoglobine tronquée"

CSC 2013 symposium - abstract submission is open (Dec 6/12)

The 96th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC2013) will be held in Québec City, Quebec, May 26-30, 2013. This is Canada’s largest annual conference devoted to the science and practice of chemistry. This year’s conference theme is “Chemistry Without Borders”.

The Call for Papers opened today December 5, 2012 and will close February 15, 2013. Details are available at http://www.csc2013.ca/2_program/program_info.html

You can view the wide range of symposia representing the “Chemistry Without Borders” theme on the CSC2013 website at http://www.csc2013.ca/2_program/divisions_symposia.html

We encourage you to forward this notice to your network of colleagues nationally and internationally, to submit your abstracts and to join us in Québec City this May. We look forward to seeing you in Québec City in 2013.

Mario Leclerc, Conference Co-Chair
Armand Soldera, Conference Co-Chair
Thierry Ollevier, Scientific Program Chair

CSC 2013 will feature several symposia with strong NMR content, including

Solid-state NMR Spectroscopy (PT – joint with BM)
Organizers: M. Auger (Laval), D. Bryce (Ottawa)
Invited Speakers: Tatyana Polenova (University of Delaware), Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy (University of Michigan), Luis Smith (Clark University, USA), Simon Sharpe (Toronto), Isabelle Marcotte (Université du Québec à Montréal), Suzana Straus (University of British Columbia), Peter Macdonald (Toronto), Rod Wasylishen (Alberta), Joe Zwanziger (Dalhousie), Kristopher Ooms (King’s University College), Carl Michal (University of British Columbia).

Halogen Bonding and Other Non-Covalent Interactions (PT – joint with OR)
Organizers: D.L. Bryce (Ottawa), M. Taylor (Toronto)
Invited Speakers: Tim Bender (Toronto), Duncan Bruce (University of York, UK), Gino DiLabio (NRC-NINT), P. Shing Ho (Colorado State University), Tony Legon (University of Bristol, UK), Pierangelo Metrangolo (University of Milan, Italy), William Pennington (Clemson University, USA), Giuseppe Resnati (University of Milan, Italy), James Wuest (Université de Montréal).

"Canadian NMR Research" News Bulletin (Nov 14/12)Fall 2012

Colleagues, the Fall 2012 issue of the "Canadian NMR Research" news bulletin is ready for your attention, our traditional mix of news and research updates. You are welcome to share this bulletin with your colleagues and students.

In this issue Michèle Auger and Stéphane Gagné report from MOOT XXV Symposium, large crop of recent NMR theses defences, job posts, and the software special contributed by Frank Delaglio and Corey Morcombe (Agilent Technologies) about integration of NMRPipe in VnmrJ.

Theses Defenses (Nov 1/12)

Geneviève Valois-Paillard (Université Laval) October 2012
Supervisor: Michèle Auger, Co-supervisor: Christian Salesse
M.Sc. thesis: "Étude spectroscopique et de l’interaction membranaire de la recoverine"

François Paquet-Mercier (Université Laval) October 2012
Supervisor: Michèle Auger, Co-supervisor: Michel Pézolet
M.Sc. thesis: "Étude de la structure de fibres de soie et de la soie en solution par spectroscopie vibrationnelle"

Jérémie Leclerc (Université Laval) October 2012
Supervisor: Michèle Auger, Co-supervisor: Stéphane M. Gagné
Ph.D. thesis: "Étude de protéines de soie d'araignée par spectroscopie de résonance magnétique nucléaire et diffusion dynamique de la lumière"

25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium: call for past MOOT photos (Oct 11/12)

Dear colleagues,

We would like to collect photos from the past 24 MOOT NMR minisymposiums.

If you have some photos from the earlier MOOT, we would be grateful if you could email them to us at [mootnmr "at" gmail.com]. Please indicate in the email or in the name of the photos the corresponding MOOT edition.

In addition to display some of these during the banquet, we will compile them under the permanent MOOT Google account for future usage.


Michèle and Stéphane

the 25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium will be held at Université Laval in Quebec City on October 20-21, 2012.

Michèle Auger et Stéphane Gagné
25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium
October 20-21, 2012
Université Laval
Québec City

25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium: abstract submission (Sept 13/12)

the 25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium will be held at Université Laval in Quebec City on October 20-21, 2012.

The instructions for abstract submission (oral and poster presentations) are now available on the MOOT web site. Please submit your abstract before October 1st deadline.


The deadline for registration is also October 1st


The talks and poster session will be held in Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon at Université Laval. The banquet will be held at the Morrin Centre in historical old Quebec City. This is the site of the city's first prison, built over 200 years ago, as well as the site of the Morrin College from 1862-1902.


If you have comments, inquiries, or would like to be added to the MOOT mailing list, please send a message to [mootnmr "at" gmail.com]. We are looking forward to seeing you in Quebec City in October.

Michèle Auger et Stéphane Gagné
25th MOOT NMR Minisymposium
October 20-21, 2012
Université Laval
Québec City

Thesis Defenses (July 17/12)

Jonathan Guimond-Tremblay (Université Laval), 2011
Supervisor: Jean-François Paquin, co-supervisor: Michèle Auger
M.Sc. thesis: Synthèse et propriétés d'analogues monofluorés de la 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycéro-3-phosphocholine: Vers la création de nouvelles sondes topologiques membranaires.

Cover article in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (Feb 23/12)

Potential fluorinated NMR probes to study membrane topology

J. Guimond-Tremblay, M.-C. Gagnon, J.-A. Pineault-Maltais, V.
Turcotte, M. Auger, J.-F. Paquin, "Synthesis and properties of monofluorinated dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine derivatives: Potential fluorinated probes for the study of membrane topology," Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry 10 (2012) 1145-1148. (Cover Article) http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c2ob06570c


Thesis Defenses (Oct 27/11)

Myriam Laneville (Université Laval), October 2011
Supervisor : Michèle Auger
M.Sc. thesis : Étude de la structure et des interactions membranaires de différents peptides amyloïdes

CREATE program in Bionanomachines (July 23/11)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
has announced a new Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grant in Bionanomachines led by Kalle Gehring at McGill University.

The CREATE Program in Bionanomachines (CTPB) is focused on the principles, design, and applications of bionanomachines, which are defined as nanometer scale devices such as enzymes or biomaterials that are derived from living organisms and composed of DNA, RNA, protein, sugars, and/or lipids. Existing bionanomachines touch us every day as improved stain-removing enzymes in laundry detergents to diagnostic tools and therapies for medicine and health.

The CTPB links world-class laboratories from across Canada in the fields of structural biology, biotechnology, supramolecular chemistry, nanotechnology, biophysics and protein engineering. Summer and graduate studentships can be held at Concordia University, the Université Laval, McGill University, the University of Calgary, the Université de Montréal, and the Université du Québec à Montréal. Applications for next year are due in December 2011.

A full list of mentors and program details can be found on the CTPB web site: http://bionano.ca/

Pacifichem 2010 Student Poster Competition Awards (Dec 31/10)

Jérémie Leclerc, a Ph.D. student in the Michèle Auger's research group (Laval), has won one of the coveted student poster competition awards at Pacifichem 2010. His poster "Solid-state NMR spectroscopy reveals distinctive protein dynamics in closely related spider silks
" was among of only 43 winners selected from more than 2000 student posters entered the competition, and the only poster from Canada to win. Congratulations, Jérémie!

Read the news story at C&EN

New NMR book (October 4/10)

EMR books
Solid-State NMR Studies of Biopolymers

edited by Anne McDermott, Tatyana Polenova
Hardcover: 592 pages
Publisher: Wiley; September 2010
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0470721223

Wiley: "The field of solid state NMR of biological samples has blossomed recently, requiring new practitioners in industry and academia to have fundamental understanding of this technology. Discussed are Solid State NMR methods for studying structure dynamics and ligand-binding in biopolymers as well as RF pulse sequences for various applications, including not only a systematic catalog but also a discussion of theoretical tools for analysis of pulse sequences. Including practical examples of biochemical applications, this dependable EMR handbook thoroughly examines a field sure to expand in the years ahead."

Canadian contributions

V. Ladizhansky, "Dipolar-Based Torsion Angle Measurements for Protein Structure Determination," Chapter 14, Solid-State NMR Studies of Biopolymers (EMR Books), Eds. A.E. McDermott and T. Polenova, Wiley (2010) pp. 273-284. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1153

M. Auger, "Structural and Dynamics Studies of Lipids by Solid-State NMR ", Chapter 27, Solid-State NMR Studies of Biopolymers (EMR Books), Eds. A.E. McDermott and T. Polenova, Wiley (2010) pp. 463-472. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470034590.emrstm1100

Table of Contents and Google preview are available (Wiley).

Thesis Defenses (May 5/10)

Isabelle Cloutier (Université Laval), April 2010
Supervisor : Michèle Auger
Ph.D. thesis : Études biophysiques de l'endolysine du phage phi-KZ et de la soie d'araignée naturelle et transgénique

Jean-François Labbé (Université Laval), April 2010
Supervisor : Michèle Auger
Ph.D. thesis : Études biophysiques d'un peptide amyloïde et de ses interactions avec des membranes modèles

NSERC 2010 Competition Results (updated May 5/10)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) has announced results of the 2010 NSERC competition in the Discovery Grants Program (DG), Research Tools and Instruments Grants (RTI) and Scholarship programs. Among grant recipients

Michèle Auger (Université Laval) has her NSERC Discovery Grant renewed for five years, "Biophysical studies of membrane-peptide interactions and silk proteins"

Share your success with the Canadian NMR community (E-mail).

Pacifichem 2010: Biological Solid-State NMR Symposium (Jan 8/10)

We are delighted to announce a 2.5 day symposium on biological solid-state NMR at Pacifichem 2010 in Hawaii, 15-20 December 2010.

Advances in Solid-State NMR of Biological Molecules (Symposium #58) in the Topic area of Biological Chemistry

Organized by: Akira Naito, Michèle Auger, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, Frances Separovic

The following topics will be discussed in this symposium:

(i) technical developments in resolution and sensitivity enhancements of solid-state NMR
(ii) high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules by solid-state NMR
(iii) advances in structural biology of membrane proteins and peptides
(iv) dynamics and biomolecular function by solid-state NMR
(v) characterization of supramolecular complexes and fibril-forming proteins

Invited Speakers: Michèle Auger (CA), Jerry Chan (TW), Timothy Cross (US), Gary Drobny (US), Toshimichi Fujiwara (JP), John Gehman (AU), Mei Hong (US), Yoshitaka Ishii (US), Yongae Kim (KOR), Vladimir Ladizhansky (CA), Gary Lorigan (US), Ann McDermott (US), Francesca Marassi (US), Isabelle Marcotte (CA), Nobuaki Matsumori (JP), Konstantin Momot (AU), Akira Naito (JP), Kaoru Nomura (JP), Eric Oldfield (US), Stanley Opella (US), Tatyana Polenova (US), William Price (AU), Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy (US), Takeshi Sato (JP), Jacob Schaefer (US), Frances Separovic (AU), Simon Sharpe (CA), Steven Smith (US), Suzana Straus (CA), Kiyonori Takegoshi (JP), Satoru Tuzi (JP), Gianluigi Veglia (US), David Weliky (US), Katherine Wildman (US), Kurt Zilm (US)

On behalf of the Organizing Committee
Frances Separovic (web)
University of Melbourne, Australia

Abstract submission is open from January 1 - April 5, 2010. All abstracts must be submitted online through the Pacifichem Abstract System.

NSERC 2009 Grants Competition Results (April 14/09)

Our sincere congratulations to all the winners of the 2009 NSERC competitions in the Discovery Grants Program (DG), Research Tools and Instruments Grants (RTI), the Major Resources Support Program (MRS) and Scholarship programs.

A team of six researchers from l'Université Laval, including Michèle Auger, Freddy Kleitz, Jean-François Morin, Thierry Ollevier, Jean-François Paquin and Anna Ritcey, have received $132,922 in NSERC RTI funding for a triple resonance 4 mm CP/MAS 19F/1H/X probehead and accessories for solid-state NMR spectrometer.

Share your success with the Canadian NMR community (E-mail).

"Depuis sa fondation, l'Université Laval excelle dans de nombreux domaines. Grâce à la compétence de ses chercheurs, elle occupe aujourd'hui le 5e rang parmi les 50 universités canadiennes en ce qui a trait au financement total reçu pour ses activités de recherche. Avec son réseau de centres hospitaliers affiliés, l'Université compte plus de 1200 chercheurs de toutes les disciplines, dont la réputation et la qualité permettent de la positionner parmi les grandes universités de recherche. L'Université mise sur ses forces pour consolider et renforcer les foyers de recherche au sein desquels elle se démarque plus particulièrement. L'Université Laval préconise une formation enracinée dans la recherche et encourage ses étudiants de tous les cycles à s'insérer activement dans les équipes et les centres de recherche."