We actually began in mid-March…sort of grew out my lab meeting during our shutdown to lab meetings with “guests,” and eventually a series. Since we started covering copper and other metals, as well as metalloproteins, I switched the name about a month ago to MetalZoom! (I used to call it…Zinc- and sometimes copper – in times of COVID-19)

Elias Aizenman, Ph.D.

Check @ZincSociety or @zinc_net twitter accounts for zoom details.

Here is our list so far for this semester:

September 14th, Fanis Missirlis
September 21st, Irit Sagi
September 28th, Do not schedule (Yom Kippur)

October 5th, Raj Ratan
October 12th, Do not schedule (Columbus Day)
October 19th, Klaus van Leyen
October 26 John Weiss

November 2nd, Blaine Roberts
November 9th, Donita Brady (not yet confirmed)
November 16th, Sophie Hamleton (not yet confirmed)
November 23rd, Do not schedule (Thanksgiving week)

November 30th, TBD
December 7th, TBD
December 14th, TBD

Zinc Online Seminar series, 2020

Due to the need to cancel the International Society for Zinc Biology meeting in Aachen for 2020, we decided to start a webinar mini-series to give a platform to young and old the less young alike to present their data and start discussions with the rest of the World. If you would like to sign up to the list of presenters please click on below and sign up to the mini-series that will be organized by Nick Pugh from Cambridge, UK:

4th of June, 4 pm GMT
Zinc is an intracellular messenger in platelets
Niaz Ahmed, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

18th of June, 5 pm GMT
Approaches of PET metallomics to non-invasively study zinc trafficking in vivo
George Firth, King’s College London, UK

25th of June, 4 pm GMT
Nutrient zinc as a factor determining persistence of pathogenic Leishmania in mammals
Teresa Leao, i3S – University of Porto, PT

2nd of July, 4 pm GMT
Physiological and biochemical responses of plants to zinc: an essential or harmful metal?
Adriano Sofo, Universty of Basilicata, IT

9th of July, 4 pm GMT
Zinc fingers and zinc sensing: Non-canonical adaptations of a common structural domain
Amanda Bird, The Ohio State University, USA

16th of July, 4 pm GMT
The effect of zinc on thymocyte maturation and thymic regeneration after acute damag
Lorenzo Lovino, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA

23rd of July, 4 pm GMT
Cyclotron produced Zn-63 and PET studies in Alzheimer’s patients
Tim Degrado, Mayo Clinic, USA

30th of July, 4 pm GMT
Josep Galceran, Universitat de Lleida, SP

International Conference of Trace Elements and Minerals (ICTEM)

Dear Colleague,
It is with great pleasure that we announce the first International Conference of Trace Elements and Minerals (ICTEM) from September 20th-26th, 2020. This conference will also be the first joint meeting of three important societies for trace element research:
GMS (German Society for Minerals and Trace Elements)
TEMA (Trace Elements in Men and Animals)
ISZB (International Society for Zinc Biology)

All three societies unite experts from the field of trace element and mineral research and have a long history of innovative science as well as renowned publications in the field. Their international symposia and conferences have been very successful in the past and we strongly believe that this joint meeting will be a great opportunity to exchange the latest research as well as the newest techniques. We would now like to draw your attention to the ICTEM conference and the opportunity to reach a highly interesting target audience for your products, comprising chemists, biomedical scientists, veterinarians, pharmacists, nutritionists, and medical clinicians.

The meeting will take place at the renowned RWTH Aachen University Hospital which is known for state-of-the art science. In addition, the historical city center of Aachen will attract participants from all around the globe. Together, this provides the perfect place to dive into trace element and mineral research, discuss the latest scientific milestones, and form new collaborations.

More details online at

We look forward to hearing from you and to hosting you in Aachen next year!

Yours sincerely,
Prof. Lothar Rink on behalf of the organizing committee