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Joan J. Guinovart, president-elect of IUBMB

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Joan J. Guinovart. Source: IRB Barcelona.

Joan J. Guinovart, president-elect of IUBMB

In September, the director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), Joan J. Guinovart, senior professor of the University of Barcelona, has been appointed president-elect of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). Founded in 1955 and registered in the Netherlands, IUBMB brings together biologists and molecular biochemists from 77 countries with the objective to promote research and training in this field around the world. IUBMB has been presided by Nobel laureates Severo Ochoa, Hugo Theorell, and Feodor Lynen, among others.

Guinovart succeeds Greg Petsko (Brandeis University, USA), who is taking up the presidency for the next three years, at which time Dr. Guinovart will take over as president. Dr. Guinovart has served IUBMB as treasurer, has been a member of the Education Committee, the Symposia Committee and Nomination Committee. He has also been an editor of the journal IUBMB Life since 2006. He has served as president of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry (SEBBM), Meetings Counselor of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) and member of the FEBS Executive Committee. Also, he founded the Confederación de Sociedades Científicas de España (COSCE), which represents 70 scientific societies and more than 30,000 researchers.

The appointment of Dr. Guinovart as president-elect implies that IUBMB will be directed by a Spanish scientist for the first time in its history. During his presentation at the IUBMB General Assembly, Guinovart renewed his dedication to “increasing the visibility and impact of IUBMB, training young scientists and promoting science worldwide, especially in developing regions”.