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Vol. 34 No. 3
May-June 2012

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Physico-Chemical Methods in Drug Discovery and Development

The 2nd World Conference on Physico-Chemical Methods in Drug Discovery and Development was organized by the International Association of Physical Chemists. It was held in Zadar, Croatia, 18–22 September 2011. More than 130 scientists from 27 countries attended. The diverse and well-balanced scientific program of the conference consisted of lectures and poster presentations. It encompassed the following topics:

  • physico-chemical profiling of drug substances
  • permeability of drugs
  • solubility
  • polymorphism
  • solid-state analysis
  • bio-molecular interactions
  • enzyme reactions
  • chiral separations

The topics and relevant presentations were grouped together and dealt with in half-day sessions. Altogether, 35 lectures were held, of which 15 were delivered by invited speakers and the rest were selected high-quality contributions from the participants. The invited speakers were eminent scientists, well known in their particular fields of contemporary pharmaceutical research. The poster session consisted of 33 presentations.

Within the framework of the conference, three courses were organized for students wishing to expand their knowledge of a particular topic. The courses were run by Rolf Hilfiker (Solvias AG), Nelu Grinberg (Boehringer Ingelheim), and Stefan Dove (University of Regensburg).

The relaxing and warm atmosphere at the conference enabled a free flow of scientific information among the participants. The interaction among scientists from academic institutions and those from the industry was particularly encouraged. Valuable contacts were made and various aspects of cooperation discussed and agreed upon as a result of the conference.

The social events included a welcome reception, a social dinner, an excursion to the Krka waterfalls national park, and a visit to the famous St. Jacob’s cathedral in Šibenik, which is on the UNESCO cultural heritage list.

Vladislav Tomišić <vtomisic@chem.pmf.hr> is a professor in the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Zoran Mandić <zmandic@fkit.hr>, chair of the Organizing Committee, is a professor in the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, University of Zagreb.


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