History of FAOBMB

The Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists (FAOB) was jointly founded on 1 August 1972 by the Australian Biochemical Society, the Society of Biological Chemists (India) and the Japanese Biochemical Society to promote the development of biochemistry in the Asian and Pacific Region. The first Executive Committee comprised Edwin C. Webb (President, Australia), Takashi Murachi (Vice-President, Japan), and N. R. Mougdal (Secretary-General, India).

The Federation became officially incorporated as a non-profit and tax-exempt association (FAOB Inc.) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 8 December 1992 and undertook a change in name to Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) Incorporated on 7 December 1993. FAOBMB is an Associate Organization of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB), with which it actively collaborates. The Federation’s logo, adopted in 1989 and modified in 1993 to include the change in name, reflects the dynamic nature of the FAOBMB and the continual flow of information of biochemistry between members, which consists of countries in both the Asian and Pacific region.

Some articles of interest that describe the history of FAOBMB in more detail and overview the activities of the Federation can be found at the following links:

Linnane (1978)Svasti (1992)Anraku (2005); Svasti and Sawyer (2006); de Jersey (2010); Nagley (2017)

The Federation’s Constituent Members represent in excess of 20,000 active scientists. Honorary membership is bestowed on individuals who have given distinguished service to FAOBMB. The member societies are heterogeneous in respect of their history and academic capability, yet share equal partnership and responsibility in governance and the decision-making process.

Since the founding of FAOBMB, biochemistry and molecular biology have grown in importance not only as a focus of the health sciences but also as the basis of the biotechnology industry. It is doubtful if the original founders could have foreseen this rapid growth but they were correct in believing that many biochemists and molecular biologists in the Asia-Pacific region would benefit substantially from improved communication and collaborations between members and the encouragement of young scientists.

Presidents

Edwin C. Webb
Anthony W. Linnane
Kazutomo Imahori
Osamu Hayaishi
Bimal K. Bacchawat
Takashi Murachi
Jisnuson Svasti
Nadhipuram V. Bhagavan
Yasuhiro Anraku
William H. Sawyer
Lin Qi-Shui
Kyun Soo Hahm
Masamitsu Futai
Andrew H. J. Wang
Kiyoshi Fukui
Zengyi Chang
Akira Kikuchi
Australia
Australia
Japan
Japan
India
Japan
Thailand
Hawaii
Japan
Australia
China
Korea
Japan
Taiwan
Japan
China
Japan
1972 – 1974
1975 – 1977
1978 – 1980
1981 – 1983
1984 – 1986
1987 – 1989
1990 – 1992
1993 – 1995
1996 – 1998
1999 – 2001
2002 – 2004
2005 – 2007
2008 – 2010
2011 – 2013
2014 – 2016
2017 – 2019
2020 – current

Secretaries-General/Treasurers

N. R. Mougda
Takashi Murachi
India
Japan
1972 – 1975
1976

Secretaries-General

Mervyn G. Smith
Fyfe L. Bygrave
Kay Hoon Lee
Lin Qi-Shui
Khoo Hoon-Eng
John de Jersey
Phillip Nagley
Sheila Nathan
New Zealand
Australia
Singapore
China
Singapore
Australia
Australia
Malaysia
1977 – 1979
1980 – 1987
1988 – 1993
1994 – 1999
2000 – 2005
2006 – 2011
2012 – 2017
2018 – current

Treasurers

Serene Vimokesant
Jisnuson Svasti
Nadhipuram V. Bhagavan
Yasuhiro Anraku
Si Myung Byun
Kiyoshi Kita
Uhtaek Oh
Piamsook Pongsawasdi
Shannon Au
Thailand
Thailand
Hawaii
Japan
Korea
Japan
Korea
Thailand
Hong Kong
1977 – 1980
1981 – 1986
1987 – 1992
1993 – 1995
1996 – 2001
2002 – 2007
2008 – 2013
2014 – 2019
2020 – current

Fellowships Chair
[The Chair of the Fellowships Committee is a member of the Executive Committee of FAOBMB, as determined in the updated Rules of FAOBMB approved by Council in 2013. Prior to 2013, this position entitled the holder to attend Council meetings. Further historical information about the Fellowships Chair, including names of holders, will be placed here once details have been clarified by the FAOBMB Archivist]

Lin Qi-Shui
Piamsook Pongsawasdi
Sheila Nathan
Paul Gleeson
China
Thailand
Malaysia
Australia
200? – 2008
2009 – 2013
2014 – 2017
2018 – current

Education Chair
[The Chair of the Education Committee is a member of the Executive Committee of FAOBMB, as determined in the updated Rules of FAOBMB approved by Council in 2013. Prior to 2013, this position entitled the holder to attend Council meetings. Further historical information about the Education Chair, including names of holders, will be placed here once details have been clarified by the FAOBMB Archivist]

Susan Hamilton
Khoo Hoon-Eng
Koh Siok-Im
Grace Yu
Australia
Singapore
Singapore
Philippines
199? – 2005
2006 – 2011
2012 – 2017
2018 – current

Public Officers/Secretaries
[This position is a statutory position concerning the registration and activities of the Federation as an Incorporated Association in the State of Victoria, and can only be held by a resident of Australia]

William Sawyer
Paul Gooley
Heung-Chin Cheng
Phillip Nagley
Australia
Australia
Australia
Australia
1992 – 1998
1999 – 2004
2005 – 2019
2020 – current

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