IFEMA’S hosts with successful levels of participation, the Breast Cancer, Molecular Biology and European Aerosol Federation Congresses.

IFEMA’S hosts with successful levels of participation, the Breast Cancer, Molecular Biology and European Aerosol Federation Congresses.

September and October have been especially busy months for IFEMA, which has hosted three major Congresses: the 36th Congress of the Spanish Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM), which took place from 3 to 6 September, the 28th Fea International Aerosol Congress, staged from 24 to 26 September, and finally, to mark the recent International Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the first Spanish Breast Health Congress from 17 to 19 October.

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The first of these events, organised by SEBBM, welcomed some one thousand participants from throughout Spain, who took part in around 100 conferences which explored the possibilities of biochemical treatment and the structure, function and communication of human, animal and vegetable genes and cells. The SEBBM, which is firmly committed to quality cellular and molecular research, also held transversal meetings in which twenty of its scientific groups took part. Among the most notable lectures were those given by Brian K. Kobilka, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012, on “The Structural Basis of G-Protein Coupled Receptor Signaling” and Sydney Brenner, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, entitled “60 Years of Molecular Biology.” Although most of the scientists present were from Spanish institutions, the congress also attracted leading researchers from elsewhere in Europe and the Americas. This is the most important scientific event regularly organised by the SEBBM, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.
The annual FEA International Aerosol Congress was also a resounding success. The event offered 11 conferences based on this burgeoning industry with topical themes ranging from “Awareness of the Potential Risks of Spray Products” to “The Aerosol Industry: Challenges, Opportunities and Initiatives.” Also included in the programme were demonstrations by modern artists and culinary displays by chefs using aerosol products. There was also an on-site exhibition of industrial art for the first time.
Finally IFEMA´s North Convention Centre was the place for the celebration of the first Spanish Breast Health Congress that focused on breast pathology and, in particular, breast cancer. Cyclical and non-cyclical disorders, developmental alterations in men and women, benign tumours, problems relating to breast feeding and plastic surgery were analysed at this first Congress, which was organised by the Spanish Society for Senology and Breast Pathology (SESPM), the Spanish Breast Imaging Diagnostics Society (SEDIM), the Latin American Society for Breast Imaging (SIIM) and the Senology Nursing and Technicians Section of SESPM. The congress, which brought together more tan 1,200 delegates, featured some 30 societies and associations including the Spanish Cancer Prevention Society (AECC) and the Spanish Breast Cancer Federation (FECMA). The Congress also organised precongress courses as well as official symposiums and keynote speeches.