"Can Science Save the Day ?" - A Public Engagement Event at EFMC-ISMC
At the occasion of the XXIV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC), a Public Engagement Event has been organised in order to raise the awareness of the General Public on the research in the pharmaceutical industry.
The event took place at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry and took the format of an expert panel (Allan Jordan, Eric Kerran, Derek Lowe, Vicky Steadman) “pitching" for funding for key healthcare problems e.g cancer, infectious diseases dementia. Each outlined why their area was in need of new advances and medicines.
This was a catalyst for the audience to discuss these topics and to ask the panel questions. With many members of the general public in the audience it was great to see the level of engagement and interest. There were some great insights provided by patients and carers.
This was all expertly (and entertainingly) chaired by Renee Watson. A great, thought-provoking evening was had by all.
The EFMC wanted to thank the EFMC-ISMC 2016 Local Organising Committee for having organised this ground-breaking public event.
Photographer - Fabien Venturi
EFMC Press Conference at EFMC-ISMC 2016
In its effort to constantly foster the visibility and recognition of Medicinal Chemistry and following two positive experience at the EFMC-ISMC 2014 in Lisbon and the Frontiers Meeting 2015 in Antwerp, the EFMC took once again the opportunity of its flagship meeting, the XXIV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC) to host a third press conference where local newspaper, scientific press and one reporter of the Radio Podcast Show "The Naked Scientists" were present. 4 keynote speakers gave their view on the importance of the discipline and the key theme for this year "MedChem impact/importance, collaborative nature of medicinal chemistry/drug discovery".
Fabrizio Giordanetto (D.E. Shaw Research LLC, United States), leader of the EFMC Working Group on "Visibility and Recognition of Medicinal Chemistry" chaired the Press Conference.
Koen Augustyns, EFMC President, was invited to give the introdruction speech and stressed the importance of international cooperation - mentioning the recently organised STOA Working Breakfast and the Signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the EFMC and the CPA.
Photographer - Fabien Venturi
Press Conference at the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry Meeting - September 15, 2015
In its effort to constantly foster the visibility and recognition of Medicinal Chemistry and following a first positive experience at the EFMC-ISMC 2014 in Lisbon, the EFMC also took the opportunity of the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry Symposium to host a second press conference where local newspaper, scientific press and TV were invited and where 5 keynote spekaers gave their view on the importance of the discipline.
Results of the Why Medicinal Chemistry Videoclip competition
The result of the voting is known and the WhyMedChem Team want to thanks all participants for their participation and all who voted for their support to the EFMC Why Medicinal Chemistry Videoclip Competition.
The winner and the 2 runner-ups have been officialy announced during the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry Meeting (FMC 2015).
Mr Pedro Gonçalves & Mr Luis Carvalho - University of Lisbon
Runner-up (2nd place)
Dr. Christian Kuttruff - Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma
Runner-up (3rd place)
Mrs Charlotte Bouckaert - University of Namur
Why Medicinal Chemistry?
Explain why do we need Medicinal Chemistry... and win €500!
Closing date 30 June 2015.
Our judging panel will shortlist five videos in July and the videos will then go live online for judging by EFMC members and the public in August and September.
The winner and runner-ups will be announced in September 2015 and invited to the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry 2015 Symposium for the award ceremony.
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