ISZB-2019 meeting will take place in Japan

ISZB board members have selected Kyoto, Japan for the site of the 6th meeting of the International Society for Zinc Biology. The meeting will be held on September 9-13, 2019. The conference will be organized by Toshiyuki Fukada (Chair), Taiho Kambe (co-Chair), Atsushi Takeda (co-Chair), Hiroyuki Yasui, and Keigo Nishida. All aspects of zinc biology will be covered in the conference.

Save the date!

Best wishes,

ISZB President

Special session at next year’s Microbiology Society meeting

Kevin Waldron and I are organising a special “Microbial metal homeostasis: impacts on pathogenicity” session at next year’s Microbiology Society meeting (

It will be held in Birmingham on the 11th of April. The entire conference is from the 10th-13th but it is also possible to register on a day-by-day basis.

There are opportunities for offered talks, so please encourage any interested PIs, post-docs and students to submit an abstract.

Best wishes

Duncan Wilson


University of Aberdeen (UK)



Action on AMD

Queen’s University Belfast’s Dr Imre Lengyel discusses new research which could pave the way to earlier treatment strategies for age-related macular degeneration.


The leading cause of sight loss in development countries, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is roughly twice as common as Alzheimer’s among older people – and growing. By 2020, it is projected to affect some 196 million people, rising to a massive 288 million by 2040. But while AMD can now be treated with an injection of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), there is currently no treatment available for the most common dry form of AMD.


More information can be found here.