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Vol. 26 No. 3
May-June 2004

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Joint Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry—Kraków 2003

by Barbara Malawska and Katarzyna Kiec-Kononowicz

The Polish-Austrian-German-Hungarian-Italian Joint Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry took place in Kraków, Poland, from 15–18 October 2003. This year’s conference was a continuation of two previous joint meetings that had been held in Budapest, Hungary (Hungarian-German-Italian-Polish, 2001) and Taormina, Italy (Italian-Hungarian-Polish, 1999).

The meeting was held under the auspices of IUPAC and the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry. It was organized by the following groups:

  • Medicinal Chemistry Divisions of the Chemical Societies of Austria, Germany, Hungary and Italy
  • Medicinal Chemistry Divisions of the Polish Chemical and Pharmaceutical Societies
  • Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical College of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków
  • Institute of Pharmacology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków
  • Committee of Drug Design and Synthesis of the Polish Academy of Sciences

The conference was attended by 350 participants from 26 countries including Poland (135), Italy (80), Germany (35), Hungary (16), Russia (8), Turkey (7), Austria (5), Switzerland (5), and 18 other countries. Participants were presented with the latest ideas concerning drugs for the treatment of central nervous system and cardiovascular diseases, chemotherapeutics, combinatorial chemistry and high throughput screening, molecular modeling, peptides and peptidomimetics, and pharmaceutical biotechnology. In addition, 226 posters were presented.
Following is a list of plenary lectures presented:

  • “G-Proteins: Targets for New Drugs?”; Walter Schunack, Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • “Can Drug Metabolism be Predicted?”; Bernard Testa, Institute de Chimie Therapeutique, Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • “A Translational Approach to Preclinical Drug Development in Epilepsy”; James P. Stables, Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, USA
  • “Rational Approaches to the Design of Ligands for Ionotropic Glutamate Receptors”; Tommy N. Johansen, Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • “Passive and Catalytic Antibodies and Drug Delivery”; G. Michael Blackburn, Krebs Institute, Scheffield University, Great Britain.

The organizers also prepared a rich social program for conference participants, which included a welcome party in a restaurant on the Wawel Castle and sightseeing tours to major monuments of Kraków. The conference was crowned with a reception in the exhibit rooms of the National Museum of the Cloth Hall.

The program of the conference was released in the form of a book of abstracts: Polish-Austrian-German-Hungarian-Italian Joint Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry (ISDN 83-919157-1-9). The full texts of the plenary and invited lectures will be published in Pure and Applied Chemistry and in a CD version, which will also include all the posters.

The meeting proved to be a very successful scientific event, and an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and introduce the most recent research in the field of medicinal chemistry. The next meeting will be held in 2005, with the location to be determined.

Barbara Malawska <mfmalaws@cyf-kr.edu.pl> was a member of the Organizing Committee and is an associate professor at Jagiellonian University, Medical College in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Katarzyna Kiec-Kononowicz <mfkonono@cyf-kr.edu.pl> was the head of the Organizing Committee and is a professor at Jagiellonian University, Medical College and the head of the Department of Chemical Technology of Drugs.


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