It’s officially spring but the weather in Boston is unseasonably cool, and there is rumor of an approaching snowstorm. But while the weather prognosticators can’t agree on the forecast, delegates at ENC all seem to agree on one thing; the Bruker suite is the hot spot in Boston!
Once again, the Bruker suite was packed as delegates enjoyed some tasty, traditional New England fare, washed down with locally-brewed beer.
The anticipation intensified as the band took a break and left the stage. That could only mean one thing: it was time for Frank Laukien’s annual ENC speech. The suite filled to capacity, and those lucky enough to find a spot to stand in were treated to a humorous, yet informative, overview of the latest innovations from Bruker. Interspersed in the science were some very intriguing drink recipes that could only come from Bruker!
Following Frank’s talk, delegates were treated to the real thing . The deliciously refreshing cocktails jumpstarted the second half of the evening and enthusiastic delegates danced until closing.
Gunther Laukien Prize 2014
The Laukien Prize was established to honor Bruker’s founder, Gunther Laukien, and recognizes cutting-edge experimental NMR research with strong potential for enabling beneficial new applications. This year’s prize was awarded to six laureates:
Professor Marc Baldus, Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research, Utrecht University – The research in the Marc Baldus group focuses on the development and application of high resolution solid state NMR methods to study 3D molecular structure and dynamics in complex biological molecules in close relationship to function.
Professor Mei Hong, John D. Corbett Professor of Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University – The objective of research in the Mei Hong group is to elucidate the structure and mechanism of action of membrane proteins and other macromolecules important in biology.
Professor Ann McDermott, Esther Breslow Professor of Biological Chemistry, Columbia University – The research in the Ann McDermott group focuses on the ability of naturally occurring proteins to catalyze chemical reactions, focusing specifically on the inherent flexibility of enzymes and the coordination of chemistry to conformational exchange, using magnetic resonance methods.
Professor Beat H. Meier, Laboratorium für Physikalische Chemie, ETH Zürich, Switzerland – The central goal of the research in the Beat Meier group is to use and develop solid state NMR techniques to study materials and biological systems, as well as fundamental phenomena in physical chemistry.
Professor Hartmut Oschkinat, NMR-supported Structural Biology, Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP), Berlin – The main focus of the Hartmut Oschkinat group is the development of solid state magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR methodology for structural studies of various important biological systems, in particular for structural characterization of protein-protein interactions that are responsible for the reception and transduction of signals in biological systems.
Dr. Robert Tycko, Chief, Solid State NMR and Biomolecular Physics Section, Laboratory of Chemical Physics, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD – Development of solid state NMR methods for structural studies of biopolymers and the application of these methods to problems in biophysical chemistry and structural biology.
There’s a lot more happening at the Bruker suite, including the Assure Raw Material Screening Challenge, a raffle to win a Macbook Pro and different entertainment every night. So check back tomorrow for another live-from-ENC update!