EFMC Events

The 3rd Edition of International Meeting on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry (ASMC09) will be held in Kiev (Ukraine), August 23-27, 2009

EFMC and Chembridge Corporation agreed to continue the series of meeting on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry which was successfully initiated by the meeting of Moscow 2004 and St. Petersburg 2007. The 3rd edition of the International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry(ASMC09) will be held in Kiev (Ukraine), August 23-27, 2009, chaired by Prof. Erick Carreira, ETH Zurich, Switzerland and Dr Scott Biller, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Cambridge, USA. Topics of the 3rd edition includes New Synthetic Methodologies, Total Synthesis of Natural Products and Heterocyclic Chemistry; Diversity- and Target-Oriented Synthesis and Chemical Biology; Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery & Development. Commercial exhibition will also be organized along with a half-day Business Mini-Symposium "Small Molecule Libraries from Russia and Ukraine and Screening-Based Drug Discovery".

More information, the detailed program and the list of invited speakers are available at www.asmc09.org


Under the sponsorship of EFMC, the AIMECS 09 will take place in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, August 23-27, 2009

Main topics include:

  • Epigenetics, which is the official EFMC Session
  • Peptides/peptidomimetics
  • Tropical/emergent diseases
  • Metabolic and GI
  • Protein folding disease
  • RNAi
  • New Frontiers & Methods
  • Protein:protein interactions
  • Coagulation cascade
  • GPCRs and ion channels

For a more detailed description on this event, please feel free to visit: www.aimecs09.org

Contact person: Raci Professional Conference Organizer
Probarti Milton, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (probarti.milton@raci.org.au)


Summer School on Pharmaceutical Analysis (SSPA), will take place in Milan, Italy, September 7-9, 2009

The SSPA is planned under the auspices of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society and the EFMC (European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry) and it is mainly addressed to researchers and PhD students of the Faculties of Pharmacy and Sciences and to young scientists from pharmaceutical industries.

The 14th SSPA is part of a three-year program on the most advanced analytical methodologies involved into the launch of new drugs. In particular, following the first cycle (SCPA 2008) focused on "Advanced Analytical Methodologies in Drug Discovery", this second year of SSPA cycle will be focused on 'ADVANCED ANALYTICAL METHODOLOGIES IN DRUG DEVELOPMENT'.

Specifically, second year main topics will be: 1) ADME/PK as part of a rational approach to drug discovery and 2) Biomarkers in drug discovery and development

For further information and for the detailed program please visit:
or contact the Director of the school, Vincenza Andrisano, at: vincenza.andrisano@unibo.it.


The 29th Edition of ESMEC, an EFMC Accredited School, will take place in Urbino (Italy) in September, 13-18, 2009

The Division of Medicinal Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society is organizing, in Urbino (Italy), the XXIXth edition of the European School of Medicinal Chemistry (ESMEC), an EFMC-Accredited School.

This year the School will take place exceptionally in September, 13-18, 2009, and will cover the following topics: (i) Neuromuscular Diseases: Focus on Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and Muscular Dystrophy; (ii) Carbohydrate Chemistry; (iii) Toxicity and Drug Discovery; (iv) Hot Topics.

The School, characterized by a truly interdisciplinary approach which nicely mixes up advanced seminars with more didactic and interactive workshops, is directed to European PhD students, and to junior researchers from both academia and industry. Registration fees, including full lodging for five days are as low as 450 Euro. Free fellowships are also available. For further information and for the detailed program go at: www.esmec.eu, or contact the Director of the school, Gloria Cristalli, at: gloria.cristalli@unicam.it.


The 5th Edition of the EFMC-Sponsored Summer School on Drug Design will take place in Vienna (Austria), September 13-18, 2009

Topics will include:

  • Ligand-based Design
  • Structure-based Design
  • Binding free energy calculations
  • Data bases, data mining
  • Multitarget profiling/systems biology and PI

For further information, contact Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ecker
University of Vienna
Althanstrasse 14, A-1090 Wien, Austria
Phone: +43-1-4277-55110
Fax: +43-1-4277-9551
E-mail: gerhard.f.ecker@univie.ac.at

For a more detailed description on this event, please feel free to visit: http://summerschool.europin.at


First Balaton Course in Medicinal Chemistry, will take place in Balatonszemes, Hungary, September 27-30, 2009

The course is basically organized for junior scientists in English and open for participation of scientists from foreign countries too. Main focus will be lead finding and lead optimization, chemical development.

Early registration fee until July 15.

For more information on this event, please feel free to visit: www.1bcmc.mke.org.hu

Contact: Aesculap Foundation
Semmelweis University
1092 Budapest, Hogyes u. 7
E-mail: ckriszti@szerves.sote.hu


The second event of the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry series will take place in Barcelona, October 4-6, 2009

EFMC and the Spanish Society of Medicinal Chemistry (SEQT) organises in Barcelona, October 4-6, 2009, the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry - Emerging Targets, Novel Candidates and Innovative Strategies.

This event is the second on the series initiated in Siena (Italy), in 2007. This three-day international meeting will bring together medicinal chemists and related scientists in order to share exciting new results and first-time disclosures in various areas of drug discovery and development, including cancer, infectious diseases, CNS, inflammation, pain and metabolic disease. Twenty-three internationally recognized plenary speakers will present lectures with a focus on emerging targets, novel drug candidates and new strategies and technologies.

The detailed scientific program and further information are available on line at www.fmc2009.org


The 18th Edition of the EFMC-Sponsored LACDR School on Medicinal Chemistry will take place in Oegstgeest, The Netherlands, October 27-30, 2009

The course provides a thorough introduction in pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and toxicology (ADME-Tox). The impact of molecular biology, genomics and molecular modeling on drug research are also discussed. Newly introduced to the course are cheminformatics and fragment-based design approaches.

For further information, contact: Mrs. E.F. Dekker
P.O. Box 9502, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands.
Phone: +31 71 527 4406
Fax: +31 71 527 4277
E-mail: bdekker@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl

For a more detailed description on this event, please feel free to visit: www.lacdr.nl/events/18th-school-on-medicinal-chemistry


Annual One-Day Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry of SRC & KVCV, will take place in Brussels, Belgium, November 6, 2009

Annual One-Day Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry of SRC & KVCV, will take place in Brussels, Belgium, November 6, 2009
This conference of six plenary lectures, three oral communications and a poster session will explore how larger size molecular architectures have expanded the range of pharmaceutically active compounds well beyond so-called 'small molecules'. It will address the technological challenges of these compounds and highlight recent achievements, including how synthetic and medicinal chemistry approaches can contribute to explore and optimize this new chemical space.

For more information on this event, please feel free to visit www.medchem.be

Contact: LD Organisation sprl
Scientific Conference Producers
Rue Michel de Ghelderode 33/2
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Tel: +32 10 45 47 77
Fax: +32 10 45 97 19
E-mail: secretariat@ldorganisation.com


The First RSC/SGC Symposium on Chemical Biology for Drug Discovery will take place in Oxford (UK), December 8-9, 2009

This two-day symposium brings together chemists and biologists to explore how the interdisciplinary field of chemical Biology is enhancing our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of disease.

Scientific topics will include:

  • discovery of chemical probes,
  • proteinprotein interactions,
  • chemical modification of biological molecules,
  • pathway deconvolution,
  • chemical genetics,
  • association of molecular targets with disease.

These will be accompanied by perspectives on the growing trend of academic-industrial collaborations impacting chemical biology for drug discovery. Keynote lecturers will include Prof. Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor elect of Oxford University; Dr Tony Wood, Pfizer UK; Profs Ben Cravatt and Sheng Ding, Scripps; Prof. Andrew Hopkins, Dundee; and Dr Corey Nislow, Toronto.

Registration will cost in the region of £200 for RSC members, £250 for non-members and £100 for students.

For further information see www.confsec.co.uk

Contact person: Elaine Wellingham, Conference Secretariat
E-mail: confsec@blueyonder.co.uk


28th Camerino-Cyprus-Noordwijkerhout Symposium

Camerino, Italy, May 16-20, 2010



XX National Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry

Padova, Italy, September 2010


18th European Symposium on Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship

Rhodes, Greece, September, 19-24, 2010



XXIst International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry

September 5-9, 2010 Brussels, Belgium



By Gabriele Costantino and Agostino Bruno


Gabriele Costantino
Univ. Parma, IT

Editorial Committee

Erden Banoglu
Gazi Univ., TR

Jordi Mestres

Wolfgang Sippl
Univ. Halle-Wittenberg, DE

Kristian Stromgaard
Univ. Copenhagen, DK

Mark Lansdell
Pfizer, UK

Executive Committee

Gerhard Ecker President
Roberto Pellicciari Past-Pres.
Koen Augustyns Secretary
Rasmus P.Clausen Treasurer
Javier Fernandez Member
Mark Bunnage Member
Peter Matyus Member

For more information please contact info@efmc.info