The Sixth Peptide Engineering Meeting PEM6, Emory University Conference Center, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2 to 5, 2012

As the co-chairs of the sixth Peptide Engineering Meeting, PEM6, we invite you to enjoy this special issue of Biopolymers Peptide Science. Herein, you will find contributions from peptide scientists from around the world who gathered at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia for the exciting 6th Peptide Engineering Meeting “PEM6”. This international workshop addressed structure-based approaches to peptide design, peptide-protein interactions, peptide-membrane interactions, peptide bioactivity, and peptide-based materials.

The PEM series was established in 1997 by Professors Susumu Yoshikawa, Kyoto University, and Claudio Toniolo, University of Padova. These special meetings are held every three years and rotate among American, Asian, and European venues in the cities of Osaka, Capri, Boston, Yokohama, and Barcelona. Each meeting in the series is designed to present cutting-edge advances in peptide science from leading international speakers, and have young scientists and students as major participants. The PEM series serves as a superb vehicle to foster international collaboration and exchange of ideas, and provide exposure of trainees to new opportunities outside their own countries. We wish to express our deep gratitude to the many companies and academic institutions whose generous contributions made PEM6 such a success and also acknowledge our host institution, Emory University, who gave a warm welcome to the participating community of peptide scientists from across the globe.

The theme of PEM6 was Learning from Nature to Engineer Peptides. This theme is reflected aptly in this special issue where you will find a wide array of outstanding contributions from many of the speakers assembled by the PEM6 program committee (C. Toniolo (Italy), E. Giralt (Spain), J. Clayden (England), K. Mihara (Japan), M. Nomizu (Japan), S. Futaki (Japan)). The contributions include both original research papers and reviews, covering topics that range from chemical biology to protein folding, from materials science to enzymology, and more.

We do hope that you will enjoy this issue of Biopolymers Peptide Science as much as we enjoyed chairing the symposium, meeting all of you that attended, and learning about all the new discoveries disclosed in Atlanta. We hope to see all of you at the next PEM being held in Bangalor, India. Professor P. Balaram, chairman of PEM7, promises an exciting meeting!

Lila M. GieraschUniv. of Massachusetts-Amherst

David G. Lynn Emory University

Joel P. Schneider National Cancer Institute