This year the BPS will be bringing together 6000 researchers, 4000 poster presentations, 200 exhibits and over 20 symposia to the table. Not to mention the fact that there are the career workshops, the institution fair, National lecture and the society reception and dance!
Just going by sheer numbers, one can calculate the number of probabilistic connections, collaborations, networks and outreach such a nexus provides one with. Given the vast diversity of talks it is an awesome platform to launch yourself and to learn about the latest innovations in research and technology. Sure it will leave you dumbfounded sometimes when you sit through some of these talks but then again there are the talks that are so riveting that you cant wait to get back to your lab and experiment!
As for myself, I am a Ph.D. student working on developing the Guinea pig Heart failure model and studying the post-translational changes in the cardiac regulatory proteins using the single myofibril technique, mass spectrometry and proteomics.
During my time at Biophysics, I would be focusing a lot on the symposia, sessions, posters and talks on single molecule techniques, mass spectroscopy, muscle mechanics and regulation, cardiomyopathies, stem cells, systems biology and heart failure! Sunday and Monday are packed with sessions and talks on these topics. Tuesday is relatively light but there are some very interesting career workshops and Wednesday has a whole session on muscle again!
You will be reading constant updates on my blog about all the science and much more aka things to do in SFO, the visit to the Fisherman's Wharf, the Ghost tour, Dosa restaurant, Chinatown, the visit to the California Science Academy and the bike ride on the Golden gate bridge!
A word of thanks to BPS for giving me this opportunity to blog and to all you my new readers - so stay tuned :)