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Vol. 32 No. 4
July-August 2010

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Heterocyclic Chemistry

by Lisa McElwee-White

The 11th Annual Florida Heterocyclic and Synthetic Conference was held 7–10 March 2010 in Gainesville at the University of Florida. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in an excellent program that included 11 plenary lectures, 39 invited lectures, 5 short courses, and a poster session. Short courses were taught by John Joule (University of Manchester) on azines, Ronald Castellano (University of Florida) on non-covalent interactions of aromatics and heterocycles in molecular recognition, Gordon Gribble (Dartmouth College) on the applications of metals in heterocyclic chemistry, Girolamo Cirrincione (University of Palermo) on eight-membered heterocyclic rings, and Victor Zhdankin (University of Minnesota) on hypervalent iodine reagents.

The following scientists delivered plenary lectures:

  • Michael Collins, CEM Corporation, USA
  • Amos Smith, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • Ciarán McArdle, Henkel AG, Germany
  • Oleg G. Kulinkovich, Belarusian State University, Belarus
  • Ronald Breslow, Columbia University, USA
  • Bernd Giese, University of Basel, Switzerland
  • Henri Kagan, Université Paris-Sud, France
  • Bill Murray, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D, USA
  • William Roush, Scripps Florida, USA
  • Richard Houghten, Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies, USA
  • Malcolm Stevens, University of Nottingham, USA

Over 200 attendees included approximately 55 graduate students and postdocs, along with academic and industrial research chemists from more than 25 countries. Heterocyclic compounds are of particular importance to the pharmaceutical industry and many of the industrial delegates came from this area. The conference attracted a number of commercial exhibitors, including publishers, chemical suppliers, and instrument makers.

Proceeds from the conference are used to support ARKIVOC (Archive for Organic Chemistry), a free peer-reviewed online journal covering all aspects of organic chemistry <www.arkat-usa.org>.

Lisa McElwee-White is a professor of chemistry at the University of Florida and a former titular member of the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division Committee.


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