MESSAGE FROM THE RCSB PDB
In September, the RCSB PDB hosted a series of important
meetings at the Chauncey Conference Center in Princeton, NJ.
These meetings, held back-to-back, provided an unprecedented
opportunity for discussion and planning.
The RCSB PDB Advisory Committee, an organization of
international experts in X-ray crystallography, NMR, 3-D EM,
bioinformatics, and education, listened to presentations and
discussed future plans and goals. This review was followed by
the Worldwide Protein Data Bank's Advisory Committee (wwPDB AC)
Meeting. This panel of expert structural biologists includes
representatives from the International Union of Crystallography
and the International Conferences on Magnetic Resonance in
Biological Systems. After the advisory committee considered
reports from the wwPDB, a "Funding Forum" took place where the
wwPDB AC sought advice on funding options for the continued
operation of the wwPDB organization from the representatives
present from the agencies that fund the individual groups.
Representatives from the academic and industrial research
communities that rely on the PDB for their research efforts
spoke of the PDB value.
Taking advantage of having everyone in the same place, a
retreat was held for members from all of the wwPDB sites. While
the wwPDB sites interact regularly, September's retreat was the
first meeting on such a large scale, with almost 50 people from
all four sites participating. Many colleagues met in person for
the first time. The retreat also provided an opportunity to
celebrate the August release of the remediated PDB archive
- a major milestone for the group that represents years of work
and an unprecedented international collaboration.
At the start of the meeting, the wwPDB was treated to
presentations from PDB users and advisors - Edward N. Baker
(Professor of Structural Biology, University of Auckland),
Angela Gronenborn (UPMC Rosalind Franklin Professor and Chair,
Department of Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh),
Gerard Kleywegt (Research Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy
of Sciences, Research Scientist, Uppsala University), Marin Van
Heel (Professor of Structural Biology, Imperial College
London), and Soichi Wakatsuki (Professor, Structural Biology
Research Center, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization,
Japan). The retreat then focused on discussing how the wwPDB
could evolve with and anticipate the needs of the scientific
Special thanks to all of the advisors, funding agency
representatives, and wwPDB collaborators who traveled to New
Jersey for these important meetings.
Members from the RCSB PDB, MSD-EBI, PDBj, and BMRB at the wwPDB Retreat