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About the Conference
The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) will host the 10th IUBMB Conference in the city of Salvador, Brazil, May 21-25, 2007, as a joint event with the XXXVI Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SBBq). The conference will also be sponsored by the Panamerican Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PABMB) and the main focus of the meeting will be the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, an excellent choice for the first IUBMB Conference in Latin America.

'Infectious diseases: Biochemistry of parasites, vectors and hosts'

Infectious diseases are the world's most important cause of death for children and young adults. Infections account for more than 13 million deaths a year - one in two deaths in developing countries. Over the next hour alone, 1500 persons will die from an infectious disease - over half of them children under five. Infectious diseases are not just a developing country problem. Air travel alows diseases to be transported from one continent to another in a matter of hours. Thus, the threat of infectious diseases is global.

Infectious diseases that affect animals and plants are also serious problems, with high impact for many countries, particularly those with less resources. With the widening of extensive agriculture, frequently in a mono-culture basis, plant pathogens are regularly producing mass infestations in large crop areas, and chemical and biological defenses are urgently needed. Animal infectious diseases with high economic and social impact also require more basic and applied research aimed toward prevention and cure.

This meeting will represent a good opportunity for the regional and international Biochemistry and Molecular Biology communities to review progress in research related to parasites, vectors and hosts. The results will advance the understanding of basic biochemical processes in infectious organisms and point to directions that are likely to promote significant social and economic impact in this field.
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