The 6th International Conference on Metals in Genetics, Chemical Biology and Therapeutics (ICMG) was held at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, India in February 2016. The 4-day event (17-20 February 2016) started off with Dr. Bibudhendra Sarkar delivering an overview of ICMG. He stated that the conference aims for a broader understanding of the domain of ‘metals and genetics’ through interdisciplinary research at the interface of chemistry, biology and medicine.
The session was followed by keynote lectures and invited lectures from eminent researchers working on metals. Day 1 of the conference focused mainly on metals and genetics wherein the effect of metals intake in diseases like Wilson’s disease, Cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease were covered. The use of metals like Pt, Gd, Se and Ru in cancer therapy and diagnosis was also discussed.
Mainly focusing on Arsenic, the second day of the conference covered the concerns regarding the presence of this highly toxic metal in drinking water and its adverse effects on human health and environment (Read more here). Analysis and sensing of metals in tissues, remediation of metals in drinking water using nanomaterials were amongst the other topics discussed. The poster session for students was also held which involved research done by students from all over the world.
A range of topics including role of metals as antibacterial agents, Selenium and related genetics, metal complex bioprobes, metals as radioprotectors, metal based therapeutics, contrast agents and sensors, biogenesis of metalloproteins and roles of metalloregulators were covered through day 3 and 4 of the event.
Overall, the event served as a prominent interdisciplinary platform for researchers and students working on both the science and engineering of metals and related products to exchange ideas and share novel technologies.