The Institute of Metals in Biology of Grenoble (IMBG) is a major technological and scientific center in the field of the metals in biology. Created in 2001, it covers the research of more than a hundred of researchers, teachers, graduate students, coming from about thirty laboratories, along three major themes: metals, catalysis and biocatalysis; metals and environment; metals and health (see our web site:
The scientific projects rely on a strong technological support located in a single site including Structural Biology (X ray, NMR), Physical Chemistry (various spectroscopies, electrochemistry) and Microscopy and Imaging. They cover original contributions to (bio)catalysis (metalloenzymes and bio-inspired catalysts), environment (bioremediation and detoxification) and health (new drugs, markers, probes, and metal metabolism). Finally, the Institute stimulates scientific exchanges and education (training and meetings).

The Institute of Metals in Biology of Grenoble will organize from the 21th (with dinner) to the 24th (after lunch) of September 2008 its biannual conference. The purpose of this conference is to attract scientists from Europe and abroad belonging to the bio-inorganic community, binding chemists and biologists, in order to build-up a new place for international scientific exchange and to introduce our local community.
Each meeting is devoted to a special topic. In 2008 "Metals in Health and Environment" has been selected. The conference will comprise plenary lectures, session lectures and posters sessions as well. The relevant topics will concern:

    • Health effects of metals (toxic/protective),
    • Metals in drugs therapy,
    • Metals-environment interactions,
    • Metal-based systems for imagery.

The number of participants will be limited to 120