The SOCIETY FOR REDOX BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE (formerly the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine) was established in 1987 in response to a growing recognition of the "dark side" of oxygen as a major issue for the life sciences. The "Oxygen Paradox" tells us that oxygen is both necessary for aerobic life and toxic to all life forms. Free radicals and reactive oxygen and nitrogen species now touch every biological and medical discipline. Efforts to counteract the damage caused by these species are gaining acceptance as a basis for novel therapeutic approaches, and the field of preventive medicine is experiencing an upsurge of interest in medically useful antioxidants and free radical scavengers.
SFRBM fosters a balanced approach to understanding both the advantageous and deleterious properties of free radicals and reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. We promote mechanistic approaches to the chemistry of both harmful and helpful oxygen species and the consequences of their actions in biology and medicine. SFRBM also supports and encourages the transfer of basic knowledge to the health professions. The activities of the Society include: organizing conferences and workshops; interacting with the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other science foundations and funding agencies; educating policy makers and program planners; educating health professionals; and informing the news media and the public of issues of importance to the organization.
At the international level, SFRBM represents North and South America within the International Society for Free Radical Research (or SFRR International). SFRR International currently has six regional members societies: SFRR Europe, SFRR Asia, SFRR Australasia, SFRR ASEA (Asia), SFRR Africa and SFRBM. By joining SFRBM, you automatically become a full member of SFRR International. Although SFRBM was primarily designed to serve the needs of scientists and physicians who reside in "The Americas," individuals from outside the continent are also welcome to join as members.