International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) is an international non-governmental organisation concerned with biochemistry and molecular biology[citation needed]. Formed in 1955 as the International Union of Biochemistry, the union has presently 77 member countries (as of 2008)[citation needed].

IUBMB organizes a triennial Congress of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and sponsors more frequent conferences, symposia, educational activities and lectures.

It publishes standards on biochemical nomenclature, including enzyme nomenclature, in some cases jointly with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).

IUBMB has instituted the Wood Whelan Research fellowship scheme for budding researchers. It is considered as a prestigious award for doctoral students. Candidates are selected based on a competitive project proposal and reference letters. The award scheme provides opportunity to work on a specified project in a different laboratory in a foreign country.

It is associated with the journals Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (formerly Biochemical Education), BioEssays, BioFactors, Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, IUBMB Life, Molecular Aspects of Medicine and Trends in Biochemical Sciences.

The current president is Gregory A. Petsko[citation needed]. Past presidents include Angelo Azzi, George Kenyon, Brian F.C. Clark, Mary Osborn, Harland G. Wood, William J. Whelan, K. Yagi and Hans Kornberg[citation needed].

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