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News from the Steering Committee

At the ICBL 2012 which took place in Banff, Canada, the ICBL Steering Commitee for the upcoming years was elected. After serving for three years as ICBL President, Guenther Daum (Graz University of Technology, Austria) retired and Peter Slotte (Abo Akademi, Turku, Finland) took over the leadership.

Peter Slotte has been ICBL Vice President for the last 3 years. In 2007, he organized the ICBL in Turku, Finland. Peter Slotte’s scientific interest is on the interplay between lipids in membranes with special emphasis on the role of sphingolipids. His laboratory develops and provides biophysical and analytical methods relevant for lipid and membrane research. Peter Slotte is author of numerous papers in highly ranked journals. His group is part of the Åbo Akademi Center of Excellence in Cell Stress and Molecular Ageing.

As the new Vice President, Laszlo Vigh from the Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary, was elected. Laszlo Vigh was the organizer of the ICBL 2006 in Pécs, Hungary. Together with the members of his group he is studying the stress sensing and signaling processes related to the lipid matrix of cell membranes and the operation of molecular chaperon like stress proteins.

The work of the new ICBL President and Vice President will be supported by Maurizio Crestani (ICBL Secretary) from the University of Milano, Italy; and by Peter Ott (ICBL PC Officer) from Bern, Switzerland. Both colleagues have been long-term members of the ICBL Steering Committee.

Besides the previous organizers of ICBL, Ewa Świeżewska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland) and Félix M. Goñi (Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao, Spain), Dennis Vance will join the ICBL Steering Committee as a new Ordinary Member. Dennis Vance (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) was the organizer of the ICBL 2012 in Banff, Canada.

Members of the new ICBL Advisory Board will be Guenther Daum (Graz University of Technology, Austria; Past-President since 2013), Toon de Kroon (Utrecht University, The Netherlands; elected 2011), Banafshe Larijani (London Research Institute, Lincoln’s Inn Fields Laboratories, UK; elected 2012); and Gabor Tigyi (University of Tennessee, Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, USA). 

Corresponding Members of the ICBL Steering Committee are Andrew Brown (elected 2009; re-elected 2012) from the
University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia; Makoto Ito (elected 2012) from the Kyushu University, Hakozaki, Fukuoka, Japan; Richard Lehner (elected 2012) from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Peng Li (elected 2007; re-elected 2010) from the Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Ram Rajasekharan (elected 2010), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Lucknow, India; Norma B. Sterin-Speziale (elected 2012), Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Dennis R. Voelker (elected 2012), Pulmonary Division Dept. Med. National Jewish Health, Denver, CO, USA.

Günther Daum, Past President of the ICBL

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