En

News

EFMC Photo Competition 2019: Votes are open!

Help us select the 20 best shots out of the 64 submissions we received!

Laureates announced for the 2019 EFMC Prizes in Industry/Academia

EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Industry 2019

The selection committee designated:

  • Dr Radka Snajdrova (Novartis Pharma, Switzerland) as the winner.
  • Dr Jo Alen (Grünenthal, Germany) & Dr Jacob Bush (GSK, United Kingdom) as most meritorious runners-up.

EFMC Prize for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Academia 2019

The selection committee designated:

  • Prof. Andreas Koeberle (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany) as the winner.
  • Prof. Anna Katharina Hirsch (HIPS, Germany) & Prof. Kamil Musilek (University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic) as most meritorious runners-up.

The 2019 Prizes will be conferred on occasion of the VIII EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ASMC’19), which will be held in Athens, Greece – September 1-5, 2019.

EFMC Grants 2019 have been announced!

In its constant effort to support the participation of young academic scientists, the EFMC is funding several travel grants to attend its events.

In 2019, the following grants have been distributed:

15th EFMC Short Course in Medicinal Chemistry

  • Dr Ornella DI PIETRO, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE (United Kingdom)

EFMC-ACSMEDI MedChem Frontiers 2019

  • Dr Chiara BORSARI, UNIVERSITY OF BASEL (Switzerland)Dr Sebastiano INTAGLIATA, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA (United States)
  • Mr Gustavo DA SILVA, FACULDADE DE FARMÁCIA DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA (Portugal)
  • Ms Erofili GIANNAKOPOULOU, NATIONAL AND KAPODISTRIAN UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS (Greece)
  • Dr Stefano SAINAS, UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO (Italy)

EFMC-ASMC'19 - EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry

  • Mr Niccolò CHIARAMONTE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE (Italy)
  • Dr Margarida Leonor Florindo ESPADINHA, IMED.ULISBOA (Portugal)
  • Dr Jelena KONSTANTINOVIC, HELMHOLTZ INSTITUTE FOR PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH SAARLAND (HIPS) (Germany)
  • Ms Vanesa NOZAL GARCÍA, CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES BIOLÓGICAS-CSIC (Spain)
  • Dr Charles SKARBEK, UNIVERSITÉ PARIS SUD (France)

A step forward for Medicinal Chemistry recognition in Europe

For many years the lack of a visibility of medicinal chemistry as a scientific discipline within the panel structure of the European Research Council (ERC) was a limiting factor for medicinal chemists to submit grant applications and to be successful.

The European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC) invited Prof. Klaus Bock, at that time Vice-President of ERC, to present a lecture at the opening ceremony of its flagship event, the International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ISMC) in Manchester, August 2016. During a follow-up meeting with him, the EFMC President and President-elect discussed this matter and showed the important position of medicinal chemistry in the scientific landscape.

We are grateful that medicinal chemistry is now listed for the first time as a keyword (PE5_18) in the Synthetic Chemistry and Materials Panel (PE5) of the Physical Sciences and Engineering field. This is adopted for all 2019 calls for Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants within ERC.

We hope that this will largely increase the visibility of medicinal chemistry within ERC, that rapidly became the most prestigious funding body to support excellent, investigator-driven frontier research in Europe.

We wish all scientists a lot of success in submitting their grant applications in one of the ERC calls.

Workshop at the European Parliament: EFMC as the voice of medicinal chemistry in Europe. (Editorial by Yves P. Auberson, EFMC President)

EFMC represents a research community that plays an important role in society. By providing tools to better understand the biology of human diseases and developing new drugs, chemical biologists and medicinal chemists can address issues that represent a huge burden to patients, families and social welfare. In particular, there is an enormous need for improved treatments of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease.

Our recent workshop in Brussels “Parkinson’s disease: understanding the causes to find a cure” was co-organized with EuChemS, alongside Members of the European Parliament, and representatives from the European Commission and the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA). The workshop aimed to increase awareness of both patients and researchers needs, as well as review the latest understanding of the causes of the disease. Further information on this event is available in the press release, and all presentations can be viewed at https://www.euchems.eu/parkinsons-disease-causes-and-cures-workshop/

By participating in such activities, EFMC both supports the cause of patients and helps increase awareness of the need for research funding, and for policies facilitating the task of our scientific community to address these complex issues. Please take advantage of this event to share our efforts within our network, and let people know that EFMC really cares.

EFMC-Young Scientists Network

Building a strong network at the very early stage in your career is crucial. Therefore, EFMC decided to create a new network for young scientists: the EFMC-Young Scientists Network

The aim of the EFMC-YSN is to inspire, connect and provide opportunities to medicinal chemists and chemical biologists in their Early Career, in providing:

  • Networking activities
    • Open forum
    • “Meet & Greet” events for young people
    • Networking evenings at the EFMC-YMCS
  • Training activities
    • “Soft-skills” workshops
    • Career fairs
    • Mentoring programs
  • Support to young scientists
    • Travel grants to attend EFMC Events
    • YSN Prize for best PhD/Post-doc
    • Job & academic positions portal
  • Events & Meetings
    • EFMC-YMCS
    • YSN-Members assembly

Shaping itself it into a usefull tool, custom-made to your needs and managed by young scientists, for young scientists.

Join the EFMC-YSN now and get access to the content as it becomes available in the following weeks/months.

Questions? Reach out to us at ysn@efmc.info

EFMC is supporting the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements 2019 (IYPT2019)

EFMC is supporting the new EuChemS Periodic Table, depicting the issue of element scarcity on the occasion of the upcoming International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements 2019 (IYPT2019). The EFMC shares their hope that this image will lead to reflection, and ultimately action, that it will raise awareness of the threat this poses and also hope to see it have an impact on policy, education and on individual actions.

The Periodic Table has a lot of potential, and could be disseminated in an effective way by providing schools, universities and wider networks with it, whether in hard copies or electronically. Please feel free to also use it to print onto various merchandise items, such as T-shirts, bags, ….

The Periodic Table is now freely downloadable in high resolution on EuChemS’ website. The work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivs CC BY-ND.

Support notes, which explain in more detail how the Periodic Table has been designed, and which also include some questions for students, will soon be available for download on our website. Versions in other languages are to be developed.

We strongly encourage you to share it as widely as possible (website, social media, …).

If you have any questions, please contact the EuChemS Secretariat at: secretariat@euchems.eu

MedChemComm