Monthly Newsletter November 2015

Report from the 6th EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry - Rehovot, Israel - November 15-18, 2015

More than 200 scientists from 28 different nations attended the EFMC International Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC-ASMC’15) which took place at the prestigious Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel.

This edition was organised in combination with the 13th annual meeting of the Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Israel Chemical Society and was jointly organised by the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC), Chembridge Corporation and the Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Israel Chemical Society (MCI-ICS).

The high quality programme was assembled by the symposium co-chairmen, Uli Stilz (Novo Nordisk, Denmark) and Ilan Marek (Technion, Israel). The programme consisted of a mix of Organic and Medicinal Chemistry, with speakers from both industry and academia coming from around the world with a special focus on Israel. The meeting was opened on Sunday by Uli Stilz who highlighted the scientific breadth of the topics covered in the meeting with invited plenary lectures, short oral communications selected from the submitted abstracts, and a poster session of more than 100 posters.

He was followed by Koen Augustyns (University of Antwerp, Belgium), EFMC President, who stressed the Federation’s objectives of promoting Medicinal Chemistry and of building bridges between disciplines and scientists worldwide, by organising scientific meetings, courses and schools, by participating in publishing a journal, MedChemComm, and by conferring EFMC Awards and Prizes.

After a full day of lectures, a welcome reception in the park of the Weizmann Institute gave the occasion to the participants to relax and network.

The following 3 days, the participants attended a busy programme with 18 plenary lectures, 10 oral communications, 2 prize lectures given by the recipients of the EFMC Prizes for a Young Medicinal Chemist in Industry & in Academia, Dr Steve Andrews & Dr Alessio Ciulli, 2 poster sessions and 2 company workshops. The EFMC-ASMC’15 was also the theatre of several ceremonies with the 2015 MCS-ICS (Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Israel Chemical Society) Award for Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry in Memory of Barry Cohen, awarded to Prof. Paul Wender, the EFMC-Roche studentship ceremony, 5 EFMC Poster Prizes and a Poster Prize sponsored by Thieme. Finally, the symposium was also the occasion to pay a tribute to the late Prof. Shalom Sarel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel).

The scientific programme was completed by an interesting social programme. The participants could discover the holy city of Jerusalem and visit the church of Holy Sepulchre, the room of last supper, the dormition abbey and the western wall. The Weizmann Institute in Rehovot also proposed a pleasant walk in the park and an audio-guided visit of the Weizmann House, home of the first Israeli President and famous biochemist, Chaim Weizmann.

The gala dinner concluded the conference in style, welcoming the participants in a panoramic restaurant on the top floor of the Azrieli Centre in the very heart of Tel Aviv, offering a breath-taking view over the whole city.

The next edition of this biennial symposium will take place in 2017 in Vienna (Austria) and will be jointly organised by the European Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC), Chembridge Corporation, LD Organisation and the Medicinal Chemistry Section of the Austrian Chemical Society.

5th RSC / SCI Symposium on ‘Ion Channels as Therapeutic Targets’ - Cambridge, UK - March 14-15, 2016

Want to channel your research? Why not come to the 5th RSC / SCI Symposium on ‘Ion Channels as Therapeutic Targets’ on 14th-15th March 2016 at the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Cambridge UK?

The objective of the symposium is to showcase the most recent advances in ion channel science and to promote scientific interaction between scientists with a shared interest in the field of ion channel drug discovery.

Closing date for poster submissions is 14th January


23rd Young Research Fellow Meeting, 23èmes Journées Jeunes Chercheurs - Lille, France – February 15-17, 2016

The YRFM Young Research Fellow Meeting is an initiative of the French Medicinal Chemistry Society (SCT). This 23rd edition will gathered 250 young participants from Europe and will take place in Lille (France) at the Faculty of Pharmacy during three days (February, 15-17).

The aim of this Symposium is to stimulate young European investigators (PhD students, post-doctoral fellows or young academic/industrial confirmed researchers) in Medicinal Chemistry to share their scientific work with peers and inspiring leaders in the field and also to shed light on excellence in Medicinal Chemistry within Europe by rewarding the European Champions in that field. The Young Research fellow Meeting is dedicated to any scientist interested by the topics related to Medicinal Chemistry.

The Programme of the 23rd YRFM will include:

- Plenary Lectures:

  • Lionel TROTTET (DMPK Unit, Glaxo Smith Kline, les Ulis, France)
  • Rhona COX (AstraZeneca, SE)
  • Colin FISHWICK (U. Leeds, UK)
  • Raphaël RODRIGUEZ (Institut Curie, FR)
  • Laurent SANIERE (Galapagos, FR)
  • Sandrine VENDEVILLE (J&J, BE)

- SCT Prize lectures:

        Denise RAGEOT (Basel Universität , Switzerland)

        Laurent LUNVEN (Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France)

- Prestigious Prizes (SCT, ACS, EFMC, RSC, U1177) for best oral communications, posters & flash posters.

- 25 oral communications selected from abstracts

- 30 Flash Poster Presentations selected from abstracts

- Poster sessions

- Individual career sessions





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