Gabriele Costantino


Dear Colleagues,

As medicinal chemists, either from the industry or from the academia, we are still experiencing the impact of the global crisis and we are still facing the problems posed by industrial reorganization and by the budget cuts that many European Universities are suffering of. Difficulties can also be opportunities, and we should take these times as an occasion for a reappraisal of the position of medicinal chemistry in the rapidly changing world of medicines and diseases. We have the ambition to promote MedChemWatch as an instrument to convey different opinions among our community, and the Perspective articles are the preferred means to this aim. In this issue, Graeme Robertson comments on the role of chemistry (and medicinal chemists) at the biology/disease interface. Besides the Perspectives, this issue continues the presentation of leading European labs, and this is the turn of Gisbert Schneider, who recently moved to ETH Zurich, and emerging labs, and we are now presenting Gerd Wagner, King’s College (UK).

Furthermore, Anna Tsantili reports on the18th EuroQSAR meeting, held in Rhodes (Greece) last September. As usual, you will find the columns on news from member societies and from the EC of the EFMC. Among the other news, we report the names of the winners and of the most meritorious runners up of the EFMC prizes for a young medicinal chemist in Industry and Academia. The winners will be awarded during the 4th International Symposium on Advances in Medicinal Chemistry (ASMC)). Indeed, among the various and interesting events that will take place this year (and you will find the updated list in the ‘EFMC events’ section, as well as in the Meeting Calendar section of, the 4th edition of ASMC, which will be held in St. Petersburg, August 21-25, 2011, and the 3rd edition of the Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry Meeting, which will be held in Stockholm on June 19-21, 2011.

Gabriele Costantino



Gabriele Costantino
Univ. of Parma, IT

Editorial Committee

Erden Banoglu
Gazi Univ., TR

Lucija Peterlin Masic
Univ. of Ljubljana, SI

Leonardo Scapozza
Univ. of Geneve, CH

Wolfgang Sippl
Univ. Halle-Wittenberg, DE

Sarah Skerratt
Pfizer, Sandwich, UK

Executive Committee

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

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