About the Miami Winter Symposia
The Miami Winter Symposia began in a small way in 1968. The 2017 event is the 50th in this annual series.
The Symposia were created by Bill Whelan at the University of Miami's Department of Biochemistry (now, and Molecular Biology) of the Miller School of Medicine as a resource for its faculty and graduate students, who were thereby enabled to meet in person the nationally and internationally prominent scientists who were persuaded to share the plight of spending a few days in Miami in the winter!
Since 1977, the meetings have focused on gene technology; many of the post-World War II Nobel prize winners in Chemistry and Physiology or Medicine who practiced gene technology have been speakers. Since 1997, the Miller School of Medicine's Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center has also been involved in planning of the meeting. In 2006 Scripps Florida joined as a partner and last year the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has also officially joined as a symposium partner.
As the world’s leading provider of science and health information, publishing over 2,300 peer-reviewed journals and organizing more than 40 conferences per year, Elsevier is proud to have taken over the organization of the Miami Winter Symposia from Nature Publishing Group. Depending on the symposium’s theme, relevant Elsevier journals will contribute to the development of the scientific program and the dissemination of the research presented. For 2014, the journals Neuron and Brain Research supported, in 2015 it was Cancer Cell and Molecular Oncology, and in 2016 it was Immunity.