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PRESIDENT'S WELCOME ADDRESS 2017

Announcement:
The SFRRI Executive Committee is pleased to inform regional SFRR Societies that Prof. Jose Vina, a long-standing member and former President of SFRR Europe and Associate Editor of FRBM, has been elected as President-Elect for SFRR International as ofJanuary 2017.

June 21-23, 2017
OCC World Congress 2017 and Annual SFRR-E Conference
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin, Germany
Further information: occ-2017.com

September 14-15, 2017
Reactive Oxygen Species and Lipid Peroxidation in Human Health and Disease
Special Meeting of the International HNE-Club
Location: Graz, Austria
Further information: users2.unimi.it/HNECLUB/?page_id=1531

November 29 - December 2, 2017
24th Annual SfRBM Meeting
Location: Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Further information: sfrbm.org/meetings/2017-annual-meeting/

July 12 -15, 2018
19th SFRRI Conference (hosted by SFRR-E)
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Further information: TBA

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What Are Free Radicals?

 

Free radicals are species that contain an unpaired electron. This unpaired electron makes them, in general, highly reactive and damaging species. There is now widespread evidence that these species, and other related agents, play a key role in damaging other molecules. The high reactivity of these species can be of considerable industrial, biological and medical importance, both in terms of the damage that they can induce to important structural and functional components in chemical and biological systems, but also in terms of the destruction of unwanted materials such as invading micro-organisms and tumour cells. The high reactivity of free radicals also makes these species of great use in a number of industrial processes such as in the formation of polymers (via radical-mediated chain reactions) and in the synthesis of complex chemical molecules. They also play a key role in atmospheric and photochemistry and the damage induced by volatile pollutants.

The interests of the Society are broader than those of just free radicals. A range of related highly reactive species are also the subject of considerable interest including (to name but a few): excited states of oxygen and other molecules, reactions of hydrogen peroxide and related peroxides (which can act as both precursors of radical formation, and are products of many radical reactions), redox-active metal ions, the formations and reactions of hypochlorous acid and peroxynitrite, the effects of antioxidants, and the modes of action of various enzymes and electron transport chains that generate or remove radicals, or their precursors and their products. This list is not all encompassing and the society welcomes input and contact with any researcher involved, or interested in, reactive intermediates and their effects.

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