Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is a pleasure to welcome all participants of the XL Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society (SBBq) in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná State, Brazil.

This year we are especially excited to organize the 40th meeting of SBBq and we hope to have a vital and stimulating atmosphere to celebrate our mature and ever growing and developing scientific community.

Our 40th anniversary of meeting is an occasion to remember all those who contributed and still contribute to the growth of our Society. Due to their efforts the one of the most traditional events of the Brazilian scientific community.

These meetings have provided the scenario and forum for debates concerning the advancement of fundamental knowledge of biochemical phenomena, their potential biotechnological employment and integration with other segments of the biological and physiochemical sciences. The principles that have led our Society to maturity and high scientific quality will continue to be our guide in the coming years.

We wish to thank all the highly accomplished invited speakers for accepting our invitation to present their work at the Congress, thus contributing to the high quality of the scientific program that we trust all participants will find interesting.

We wish to express special thanks to all the participants from abroad, hoping that they will enjoy interacting and discussing Science with us, as well as find some time to experience the beautiful surroundings of Foz do Iguaçu and perhaps some more of our culture.

Welcome to Brazil !
Bem-vindos ao Brasil !

Helena C.F. Oliveira
Acting President of SBBq