The Chairman commented that some PABMB Constituent Societies such as Sociedad Mexicana de Bioquímica; Asociación Panameña de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular and Sociedad Química of Perú, and the Associated Society – Sección Cubana de Bioquímica y Biologia Molecular and Sociedad Cubana de Química have a low participation in PABMB activities. He pointed out the need of promoting greater engagement of these Societies as well as the enrolment of additional Latin American Societies of Biochemistry and related sciences in PABMB. The attendants agreed with the suggestions and Jorge Babul offered to collaborate in these activities.
Since metabolism focuses on the breaking down (catabolic processes) of molecules and the building of larger molecules from these particles (anabolic processes), the use of glucose and its involvement in the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is fundamental to this understanding. The most frequent type of glycolysis found in the body is the type that follows the Embden-Meyerhof-Parnas (EMP) Pathway, which was discovered by Gustav Embden , Otto Meyerhof , and Jakob Karol Parnas . These three men discovered that glycolysis is a strongly determinant process for the efficiency and production of the human body. The significance of the pathway shown in the adjacent image is that by identifying the individual steps in this process doctors and researchers are able to pinpoint sites of metabolic malfunctions such as pyruvate kinase deficiency that can lead to severe anemia. This is most important because cells, and therefore organisms, are not capable of surviving without proper functioning metabolic pathways.