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Monthly Newsletter February 2018

THE EFMC YEARBOOK 2018 IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

We are pleased to make available the electronic version of the official EFMC Yearbook 2018, "Medicinal Chemistry in Europe", which is a valuable resource for those interested in quickly finding information related to the activities and composition of EFMC and its member societies.

14TH EFMC SHORT COURSE ON MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY – REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN

The theme of the 14th Short Course is "Peptide Therapeutics: Inspiring Beacon of Hope for the Pharmaceutical Future” The course is intended for scientists working in the field, and the presentations will be given by senior scientists from industry and academia (see the list of speakers).

Course Outline

Peptides are a gigantic class of bioactive compounds, offering an immense chemical diversity as well as the potential for finding and characterising new targets and also for developing non-peptidic ‘analogues’. However, the development of peptides into clinically useful pharmaceuticals is full of challenges, including their pharmacokinetic  properties (short biological half-life, lack of oral bioavailability, difficulties in reaching intracellular or intranuclear targets) and their conformational flexibility, which may cause reduced affinity and selectivity. However, recent developments in discovery, manufacturing and formulation, as well as in preclinical and clinical development, have triggered a resurgence of interest in peptide therapeutics.

This EFMC seminar will bring together enthusiastic, approachable experts, both from academia and industry, on selected hot aspects in the discovery and development of peptide therapeutics. Real life examples and interactive discussions will give the participants a unique opportunity to learn in a short time how the challenges in peptide therapeutics can be handled and overcome.

The fee of 1750€ includes 3 nights accommodation at the venue (www.kasteeloudpoelgeest.com), breakfast, coffee-breaks, lunches and dinners during the days of the course.

Register here!

EFMC GRANTS - APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

EFMC funds grants for the participation to the 2018 edition of the Short Course, the EFMC-ISMC and the EFMC-YMCS, with the aim of supporting the participation of young academic scientists.

Upon application, a limited number of full registration fees for EFMC-ISMC and up to 50% of the registration fee for the EFMC Short Courses or the EFMC Accredited School will be covered by EFMC. To apply for an EFMC grant, please fill in the application form before the deadline and upload your CV, publication list, abstract, motivation letter and support letter from the supervisor.

Grant applications for the following events are open:

•  14th EFMC Short Course on Medicinal Chemistry - Peptide Therapeutics: Inspiring Beacon of Hope for the Pharmaceutical Future
(deadline for application is March 1, 2018) - Link to the Event
•  EFMC-IMSC 2018 - XXV EFMC International Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry
(deadline for application is March 28, 2018) - Link to the Event
•  5th EFMC Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium
(only in combination with the EFMC-ISMC 2018) - Link to the Event

Please note that EFMC Grants are only available to the members of EFMC National Adhering Organisations, a full list of which is available here.

THE BMCS MASTERING MEDCHEM IV: 4TH RSC-BMCS SYMPOSIUM ON MASTERING MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY - MARCH 14, 2018 - GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

The closing date for abstract submission is February 20, 2018.

Mastering Medicinal Chemistry IV is the latest in an ongoing series of conferences intended to provide expert advice and guidance to new practitioners in the field of drug discovery.

It has been said that "there are two types of drug discovery programmes: those that hit serious problems and those that are going to hit serious problems". Anticipating and preparing for such problems thus accelerates the delivery of new medicines: this event will feature presentations from experienced 'drug-hunters' in both industry and academia, who will talk about the challenges faced in modern drug discovery, and will share the good practices common to all successful medicinal chemists.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

  • Prof. Stuart Conway, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Ian Gilbert, University of Dundee, United Kingdom
  • Dr Nicole Hamblin, Charles River, United Kingdom
  • Dr Craig Johnstone, Evotec, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Adam Nelson, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Chris Schofield, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Dr Iain Simpson, AstraZeneca, United Kingdom

Contact person: Mrs Maggi Churchouse
Email: maggi@maggichurchouseevents.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1359 221004

Link to the event

2018 PORTOGHESE LECTURESHIP – NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN

The 2018 Philip S. Portoghese Journal of Medicinal Chemistry - Division of Medicinal Chemistry Lectureship will be presented at the Fall National ACS Meeting, Aug 19-23, 2018, in Boston.

The objective of the lectureship is to honour, at the annual fall ACS meeting, the contributions of an individual who has had a major impact on medicinal chemistry research. 

For details on how to nominate, go to www.acsmedchem.org/?nd=portogheseaward

Deadline for nominations is March 1, 2018.

‘Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry’ ORGANISED BY THE GERMAN MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY DIVISIONS OF GDCh AND DPhG

The German Chemical Society (GDCh) and the German Pharmaceutical Society (DPhG) cordially invite you to participate in the annual meeting on ´Frontiers in Medicinal Chemistry´ March 11-14, 2018, Jena.

The international symposium will focus on current developments, novel approaches and cutting-edge technologies in the field of medicinal chemistry and drug research with sessions on inflammation and resolution, natural product-inspired drugs including macrocycles, innovative anti-cancer therapies, highlights in medicinal chemistry and technology, and in silico toxicology. The scientific program will include plenary lectures, short lectures, and poster presentations. Furthermore, oral communications of (post)doctoral junior scientists (young investigators) will be considered. It is the goal of the organizers to make this meeting an event of scientific excellence, attractive to both industrial and academic scientists in Medicinal Chemistry and related fields of research.

More information: https://veranstaltungen.gdch.de/tms/frontend/index.cfm?l=7731&sp_id="2"

NEWS FROM THE SECTION MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY, ROYAL NETHERLANDS CHEMICAL SOCIETY (KNCV)

The KNCV is pleased to announce the following meeting:

Medicinal Chemistry of Antimicrobials to Antiparasitics, March 23, 2018   Utrecht, The Netherlands

Website: http://farmacochemie.kncv.nl/fc-2018

On this meeting a series of lectures will be presented that cover recent developments in medicinal chemistry of antimicrobials and antiparasitics. In addition, there is sufficient time for networking during the lunch, coffee breaks and drinks.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Heike Brötz-Oesterhelt, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • Koen Dechering, TropIQ Health Sciences, The Netherlands
  • Beat Ernst, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Rob Leurs, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Nathaniel Martin, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • Jon de Vlieger, Lygature, The Netherlands
  • Gilles van Wezel, Leiden University, The Netherlands

For more information please contact:
Prof. Dr. F.J. Dekker
Emai: f.j.dekker@rug.nl

NEWS FROM THE BIOLOGICAL AND MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY SECTOR (BMCS) OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY (RSC)

The BMCS is pleased to announce the following meetings:

Kinase 2018:  Towards New Frontiers – The 8th RSC/SCI Symposium on Kinase Inhibitor Design, 14th to 15th May 2018 at the Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge, UK

Website:  http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/27652/kinase-2018-towards-new-frontiers-8th-rsc-sci-symposium-on-kinase-inhibitor-design

4th RSC/DMDG Symposium on New Perspectives in DMPK, 21st to 22nd May 2018 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London, UK

Website:  http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/29634/4th-rsc-dmdg-dmg-new-perspectives-in-dmpk

7th RSC / SCI Symposium on GPCRs in Medicinal Chemistry, 10th to 12thSeptember 2018, Aptuit, Verona, Italy

Website:  http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/27653/7th-rsc-sci-symposium-on-gpcrs-in-medicinal-chemistry

Kinase 2018:  Towards New Frontiers – THE 8th RSC/SCI Symposium on Kinase Inhibitor Design
14th to 15th May 2018 at the Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge, UK

The call for poster abstracts will close on 31st March

Website:  http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/27652/kinase-2018-towards-new-frontiers-8th-rsc-sci-symposium-on-kinase-inhibitor-design

This event on kinases will encompass case studies of ongoing programmes as well as successful past programmes. A range of topics including CNS kinase inhibitors, allosteric inhibitors and non-oral delivery methods will be covered, along with views and perspectives on the future of kinase inhibitor research.

4th RSC/DMDG Symposium on New Perspectives in DMPK
21st to 22nd May 2018 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London, UK

The call for abstracts is open

Website:  http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/29634/4th-rsc-dmdg-dmg-new-perspectives-in-dmpk

This meeting will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas between principal members of the DMPK research community. Keynote talks from industry leaders will provide global perspectives on how DMPK can bring value to the process on informing drug discovery. The emphasis will be on building dialogue between participants who will range from experienced project/laboratory leaders to early-career researchers.  There will be a balanced mix of oral and poster presentations, interactive Q&A sessions and networking opportunities throughout.

7th  RSC/SCI symposium on GPCRs in Medicinal Chemistry
10th to 12th September 2018, Aptuit, Verona, Italy

The call for poster abstracts will close on 11th July

Website:  http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/27653/7th-rsc-sci-symposium-on-gpcrs-in-medicinal-chemistry

The key role of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in human disease underpins their importance to modern medicine. This meeting on GPCR drug discovery, which will combine cutting edge medicinal chemistry with innovative structural biology and novel drug design approaches

THE LATEST ISSUE OF EUCHEMS CHEMISTRY IN EUROPE NEWSLETTER RELEASED

You are kindly invited to read the first issue of 2018 Chemistry in Europe Newsletter. It is available at http://www.euchems.eu/newsletters/chemistry-in-europe-2018-1/ (also as pdf).

It brings many thought-provoking contributions, including an editorial by new President, Pilar Goya, news on ECC7, and an article on the responsibilities of academia in our society, …

The latest edition of MedChemComm, the official journal of the EFMC, is available at:

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EFMC ORGANISED EVENTS

September 6-7, 2018
Ljubljana, Slovenia
5th EFMC Young Medicinal Chemist Symposium (EFMC-YMCS 2018)

EFMC SPONSORED EVENTS

June 22, 2018
Madrid, Spain
V SEQT Young Researchers Symposium

June 27, 2018
Dublin, Ireland
2nd Medicinal Chemistry Ireland Conference

November 12-13, 2018
London, United Kingdom
2nd SCI/RSC Symposium on Antimicrobial Drug Discovery

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September 19-21, 2018
Rimini, Italy
Summer School in Pharmaceutical Analysis (SSPA)

October 7-12, 2018
Leysin, Switzerland
13th Swiss Course on Medicinal Chemistry

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