Sunday, January 29, 2017

Eureka Science

Impressively, Eureka Science and the University of Sarjah (both in Sarjah, UAE), have organized two conferences with some of the same speakers for the same days next month. With "the patronage of the His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin-Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of the University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE," the same four Nobel Laureates will be speaking at both the 4th Biotechnology World Congress and the 7th International Conference on Drug Discovery and Therapy. For example, the American pharmacologist, Ferid Murad, whose work garnered a share of the 1998 Nobel Prize in physiology, is a "Conference President" who promises that "'The 4th Biotechnology World Congress' would provide eminent scientists the opportunity to present their cutting edge researches [sic]...."

Dr. Murad thinks the same is true (with the name of the conference changed) for Eureka's Global Biotechnology Congress 2016, to be held in Boston (where he will again be a Conference President). The same words also appear in a Welcome Note for the "The 7th International Conference on Drug Discovery and Therapy, which, yes, "should provide eminent scientists the opportunity to present their cutting edge researches ...." These conferences, Dr. Murad assures us, are "important," exciting." and, of course, "scientific events."

By May 31, 2016, the connection to Eureka Science had become harder to detect. They no longer were part of the spam and were buried on the drug conference website. Indeed, even the name of the conference changed slightly (to Drug Discovery and Therapy World Congress 2016). The advertised speakers are
Plenary Keynote
  • Ferid Murad (President)
  • Ada E. Yonath (Nobel Laureate)
  • Ei-ichi Negishi (Nobel Laureate)
  • Sidney Altmani (Nobel Laureate)
  • Charles N. Serhan, Harvard Medical School
  • Allan L. Goldstein, GWU School of Medicine
  • Gregory L. Verdine, Harvard University
  • Ali Khademhosseini, Harvard Medical School
  • Dimiter S Dimitrov, NIH
  • Jeffrey Skolnick, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Rakesh Kumar, GWU School of Medicine 
  • William Weglicki, Children's National Medical Center
  • Simon C. Robson, Harvard Medical School
  • Peixuan Guo, OSU College of Pharmacy and College of Medicine
  • Gautam Chaudhury [sic], UCLA School of Medicine
A similar cast of plenary speakers are listed for the Global Biotechnology Conference 2017. As of 10/18/16, "Nobel Laureate Ferid Murad, M.D." is President of an unenumerated "Organizing Committee." His name, followed by those of Nobel Laureates Sidney Altman and Roger Tsien comprise the plenary speaker list. The keynote speakers are Andrew Johnson (NIH), Shuji Ogino (Dana Farber Cancer Institute), M. Amin Arnaout (Mass General Hospital), and Guangping Gao (U Mass Med Sch) . An "Invited Speaker Academic" gets to pay up to $1090 in registration fees, and an "Invited Speaker Corporate" has the honor of paying up to $1690. And if Eureka does not deliver on the promised speakers--indeed, if it cancels all or part of the conference--it "shall not be liable ... under any theory of law" and will not refund your full payment.
  • 6/25/16: Dear Dr. Kaye, In my capacity as the Track Chair of the " Global Biotechnology Congress 2016”, fourth in the series, to be held in Boston, USA from August 22nd – 25th, 2016, I would like to invite you to participate and deliver a Session Lecture (lecture duration: 20 minutes) for the track is “Medical Biotechnology" at this event. ... For your potential interest to deliver a Session lecture for the track “is Medical Biotechnology” at GBC 2016, please send your abstract for consideration at GBC.COM. ... After assessment of the suitability of your abstract, the decision to accept or reject will be duly conveyed to you. This will be followed by your prompt completion of the registration formalities. You may download the PDF version of the registration form and email it to or fax it back to 1-857-2398801 ( USA ). As soon as your payment is processed, you will receive a confirmation within 7 days. Moreover, you are expected to arrange for your registration, accommodation and travel expenses yourself. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. With kind regards, Sincerely, Dr. Angelo Facchiano, Institute of Food Science, CNR-National Research Council, Avellino, Italy, Track Chair, GBC 2016
  • 10/18/16: Dear Dr.Kaye, After the success of “Global Biotechnology Congress 2016” the “Global Biotechnology Congress 2017” will be held in Boston, USA, from July 10th to 13th, 2017. This event aims to highlight the translational nature of modern biotechnological research, with emphasis on both basic and applied science. ... The principal goal ... will be to present some of the latest outstanding breakthroughs ... and to open up avenues for research collaborations at regional and global level. Prof. Ferid Murad (Nobel Laureate) and Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS are the conference Co-Presidents. To date several Nobel Laureates and other eminent scientists have shown a keen interest to present Plenary and Keynote Lectures at the event. ... [O]nly the best abstracts will be selected. The abstracts of the conference and a selection of the proceedings will be published in a high Impact Factor journal by an international publisher. ... Sincerely, Organizing Secretariat, Global Biotechnology Congress 2017

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