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Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences

Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences

Editor-in-Chief: Dong-Qing Wei

ISSN: 1913-2751 (print version)
ISSN: 1867-1462 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12539

Visit of Nobel Laureate Prof. Luc Montagnier to Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Editorial Office of “Interdisciplinary Sciences”

On August 7, 2009, French virologist Prof. Luc Montagnier, winner of the 2008 Noble Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the HIV virus causing AIDS, visited the College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University at the invitation of Prof. Dongqing Wei of the College. At the Welcome Reception, Prof. Zixin Deng, the Dean of the College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, delivered the welcome speech. Afterwards, Prof. Montagnier gave a lecture titled “Two major public health problems in the 21st century”. In the lecture, Prof. Montagnier presented his pioneering work in discovering low-frequency electromagnetic waves emitted by residual DNAs of the HIV virus after anti-viral treatment. This work provided a convincing explanation of the existing life-long dependency on anti-viral medication for AIDS patients. Two papers presenting these studies by Prof. Montagnier has been and will be published in Issue 2 and Issue 4 of the journal “Interdisciplinary Sciences”, respectively. After the lecture, faculty members and students discussed with Prof. Montagnier on a wide range of topics, from basic scientific questions to Prof. Montagnier’s insights and views of the field.
After the meeting, as the Editorial Board Chairman of the journal “Interdisciplinary Sciences” (IS), Prof. Montagnier visited the editorial office managed by Prof. Dongqing Wei. Prof. Montagnier discussed with the editorial staff members and provided many valuable advice and suggestions to improve the journal’s impact to the scientific community. Prof. Montagnier said that he will continue his strong support of the journal and will submit a series of related studies to the journal soon.
Prof. Montagnier then visited two Key Laboratories led by Prof. Ji Wu and Prof. Jianjiang Zhong in microbiology of the College, accompanied by the Dean and Associate Dean of the College, Prof. Zixin Deng and Prof. Xuehong Zhang.
Finally, Prof. Montagnier enjoyed dinner with the Vice President of the University, Prof. Wenjun Zhang, and several faculty members of the Colledge at Liu-yuan restaurant. The Vice President invited Prof. Montagnier to visit Shanghai Jiao Tong University again during regular semesters to give University-wide lectures and to receive an “Honorary Professorship” award next year.
Bio: Luc Montagnier (born August 18, 1932) is a French virologist and joint recipient with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Harald zur Hausen of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He was born in Chabris. Montagnier is the co-founder of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention and co-directs the Program for International Viral Collaboration. He has received more than 20 major awards, including the Commandeur de la Légion d'Honneur, the Lasker Award (1986), the Gairdner Award (1987), King Faisal Foundation International Prize (1993) (known as the Arab Nobel Prize), and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2008). The latter was awarded to him for the discovery of HIV.

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    Interdisciplinary Sciences--Computational Life Sciences aims to cover the most recent and outstanding developments in interdisciplinary areas of sciences, especially focusing on computational life sciences, an area that is enjoying rapid development at the forefront of scientific research and technology.

    The journal publishes original papers of significant general interest covering recent research and developments. Articles will be published rapidly by taking full advantage of internet technology for online submission and peer-reviewing of manuscripts, and then by publishing OnlineFirstTM through SpringerLink even before the issue is built or sent to the printer.

    The editorial board consists of many leading scientists with international reputation, among others, Luc Montagnier (UNESCO, France), Dennis Salahub (University of Calgary, Canada), Weitao Yang (Duke University, USA). Prof. Dongqing Wei at the Shanghai Jiatong University is appointed as the editor-in-chief; he made important contributions in bioinformatics and computational physics and is best known for his ground-breaking works on the theory of ferroelectric liquids. With the help from a team of associate editors and the editorial board, an international journal with sound reputation shall be created.

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