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International Scientific Conference on bioorganic chemistry, biotechnology and bionanotechnology on 75th anniversary of Academician Yu.A. Ovchinnikov

From 28th of September to 2nd of October 2009 IBCh RAS (Moscow) and its Branch (Pushchino, Moscow region) hosted the International Scientific Conference on bioorganic chemistry, biotechnology and bionanotechnology on 75th anniversary of Academician Yu.A. Ovchinnikov.

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Chugunov A.O.


Conference was opened by vice-president of RAS, Academician A. Grigoriev, who noticed the huge contribution of Academician Yuri Ovchinnikov in the development of Russian scientific researches in the field of bioorganic chemistry and biotechnology. On behalf of the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Academician Yu. Osipov, A. Grigoriev congratulated the participants of the conference on its opening and wished it a successful and fruitful work. In his welcoming address the President of RAS was said that the conference is held in the IBCh RAS — a favorite brainchild of the Yu. Ovchinnikov and a major research institution in the field of life sciences in our country, the world-recognized center of biological science.

Academician Yuri Ovchinnikov (1934—1988) — the director of the M.M. Shemyakin Institute of bioorganic chemistry of USSR AS (from 1970 to 1988), vice-president of USSR AS (from 1974 to 1988), Academician of the All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the Soviet Union)

Russian eminent chemist and biochemist, the founder of the national bioorganic chemistry and biotechnology, the largest specialist in the field of membrane biology and chemistry of protein-peptide substances. He was a member of USSR AS and the All-Union Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the Soviet Union. Yu. Ovchinnikov was vice-President of USSR AS and the director of the Institute of bioorganic biochemistry of USSR AS. He is an author of more than 500 scientific studies, which have received worldwide recognition. A honorary foreign member of AS of many countries. His work was marked with state awards and prizes.

Yu. Ovchinnikov paid a great attention to the development of international relations of USSR scholars. In perfect owning several foreign languages, Yu. Ovchinnikov brilliantly presented his research at international forums, often visited leading research centers in different parts of the world, where he made a lot of scientific contacts and invited eminent foreign scientists to our country to give lectures. He organized numerous international conferences and bilateral workshops with scientists of Spain, Germany, USA, France, Sweden, Switzerland and other countries in various fields of physical and chemical biology and biotechnology. To participate in these symposia, he is widely attracted young scientists, and this fact contributed to the rapid progress of biological and chemical research in our country.

The director of the IBCh RAS Academician V. Ivanov read the message of the Minister of education and science A. Fursenko for organizers and participants of the conference. It was said that the conference is not only a tribute to the memory of an outstanding Russian scientist, Academician Yu. Ovchinnikov, but also it’s an evidence of growing international cooperation and recognition of Russian scientists’ contribution in the development of such a high-tech field of knowledge as biotechnology and bionanotechnology.

In the welcome letter from the Deputy Minister of education and science A. Hlunov accentuated that the conference will make a significant contribution to the goals of developing effective drugs and test-systems for medicine, which have a vital importance for humanity. Moreover the conference also is a worthy continuation of the great scientist heritage.

In his introductory report, Academician V. Ivanov said about the creative development of Yu. Ovchinnikov, his most significant scientific achievements.

The head of Scientific-educational Center of the IBCh RAS T. Ovchinnikova, widow of Academician Yu. Ovchinnikov, read congratulatory telegrams of Nobel Prize winners J. Alferov (Russia), G. Blobel (USA) and J.-M. Lehn (France), President of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace, former general director of UNESCO and the Minister of education and science of Spain F. Mayor.

Past conference was a major forum bringing together experts in the field of bioorganic chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, bionanotechnology. As invited speakers at the conference was attended 26 eminent international scientists, including Nobel laureates Kurt Wüthrich (Switzerland), John Walker (United Kingdom) and Aaron Ciechanover (Israel), President of the International Union of biochemists and molecular biologists Professor Angelo Azzi (USA), full members and corresponding members RAS and Russian academy of medical sciences A. Bogdanov, A. Gabibov, E. Grishin, S. Deev, V. Ivanov, D. Knorre, S. Kochetkov, A. Makarov, S. Nedospasov, M. Ostrovsky, E. Sverdlov, E. Severin, K. Skryabin, V. Skulachev, A. Spirin, V. Tkachuk, V. Tsetlin, Professor N. Abdullaev (USA), A. Arseniev (Russia), C. Barnstable (USA), V. Bezuglov (Russia), N. Bovin (Russia), C. Vinson (USA), M. Vigneron (France), E. Vodovozova (Russia), R. Glockshuber (Switzerland), V. Govorun (Russia), J. Diaz (France), V. Efimov (Russia), H.-G. Sahl (Germany), V. Zubov (Russia), L. B.-A. Johansson (Sweden), E. Carafoli (Italy), M. Cortijo (Spain), S. Lutsenko (USA), N. Modyanov (USA), J. Puglisi (USA), S. Papa (Italy), A. Petrenko (Russia), Z. Reissmann (Germany), J. Tombran-Tink (USA), A. Tossi (Italy), M. Sela (Israel), F. Hucho (Germany), G. Shpakovsky (Russia), T. Haertle (France) and others. All in all, there were presented 53 plenary reports and 228 poster presentations.

Participants of a poster session presented 228 poster presentations from different research centers in Russia, including Vladivostok, Dolgoprudnyi, Kazan, Kemerovo, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Pushchino, St. Petersburg, Saratov, Tula, Ulan-Ude, Ufa, and from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Switzerland. During this session there were lively debates on the reports.

The conference held a contest for young scientists on the best scientific research work. Competition was conducted by IBCh RAS jointly with the Yu.A. Ovchinnikov Society of biotechnologists of Russia to encourage creative activity of young scientists in research. The competition was attended by 80 young scientists. The competition was held in two age categories. The winners of the contest in the first age group (schoolchildren, students, graduate students, young researchers without a degree in the age of 27 years) were appreciated:

I prize:

L. Aseev, PhD student of the IBCh RAS.

II prize:

K. Egorova, PhD student of the IMG RAS;
D. Didych, PhD student of the IBCh RAS.

III prize:

I. Mufazalov, PhD student of the MSU;
I. Nikitina, PhD student of the KSU, Kazan;
P. Panteleyev, student of MUCTR.

A victory in the second age category of the Competition (doctors and candidates of science, young scientists without a degree at the age of 27 to 35 years) is won by:

I prize:

Z. Shenkarev, research fellow of the IBCh RAS, PhD in physics and mathematics.

II prize:

F. Toukach, senior research fellow of the IOC RAS, PhD in chemistry;
M. Goncharuk, research fellow of MSU, PhD in biology.

III prize:

M. Akimov, research fellow of the IBCh RAS, PhD in chemistry;
S. Diduk, research fellow of the Russian Oncology Center RAMS, PhD in biology;
A. Pakhomov, fellow of the IBCh RAS, PhD in chemistry.

The first prize winners were awarded with commemorative medals in memory of Academician Yu. Ovchinnikov. Besides there were some special awards: for the youngest participant in the competition Yu. Sukhanova from school № 1306, Moscow; the youngest PhD N. Vorobyeva, junior researcher of the IGB RAG; youngest doctor of science O. Guly, leading scientist of IBPPM RAS, Saratov. Special prize for best poster design was presented to D. Melnikova, student of MUCTR. All participants of the contest were awarded with honorary diplomas.

By decision of the Scientific council of the IBCh RAS, a scholarship named after Academician Yu. Ovchinnikov has established for excellent progress in study and scientific work. Three best students who undergoing training at ESC of the IBCh RAS were awarded with honorary diplomas: B. Veryugin, student of the subdepartment of Physico-chemical biology and biotechnology, MIPT, A. Kurnosov, student of the subdepartment of Bioorganic chemistry, MSU, and P. Panteleyev, student of the subdepartment of biotechnology, MUCTR.

The conference is supported by RAS, Federal Agency for Science and Innovation of Ministry of education and science, RFBR, the Yu.A. Ovchinnikov Society of biotechnologists of Russia. Conference Program and electronic versions of theses from plenary reports and poster presentations, theses from works of young scientists who took part in the Competition are available at our web-site.

january 18, 2010

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