Prof Kevin Naidoo one of twenty of the country’s leading scholars and scientists was inaugurated as a Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual Awards Ceremony on 10 October 2018. He is one of the four UCT scientists honoured by ASSAf.
The Nobel Prize in Medicine 2018 was awarded jointly to cancer researchers James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo who discovered a cancer therapy that works by inhibition of negative immune regulation. Both researchers independently discovered methods of "removing the brakes" or stimulating the immune system to fight cancer - now called immune checkpoint therapy.
One of the proteins responsible, Programmed Death-1 (PD-1) protein, binds sialic acid confirming the critical role of carbohydrates in the fight against cancer (read more about this sialic acid binding immunoglobulin (Ig)-like lectin).
The 2018 Scientific Computing International Lecture Series (SCILS) visiting scholar will be Dr Niclas Karlsson (PI of Glyco Inflammatory Group at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Dr Karlsson a Glycobioinformatician will present a departmental lecture titled "Osteoarthritis - A life science glycoproblem".
Dr Karlsson is the PI on the UniCarb-DB database that stores, integrates and processes data from manually annotated ms spectra glyco fragments.
The Scientific Computing Research Unit will be a hosting a workshop – “Molecular Dynamics using BRIDGE” at the 2018 CHPC National Conference. This will take place on the 6th December at the Century City Convention Centre. For more info see http://bit.ly/2C4ybCW. Please register on Google Forms and on the CHPC registration page:
Hope to see you there! Tweet to us at @scicompute with the #bridge #galaxy #chpc2018 hashtags.