21 March 2013

Molecular Interactions in Drug Discovery

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SCI's Young Chemists Panel

University of Cambridge

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The area of structure-based drug design is focused on achieving stabilising and selective interactions between the ligand and the protein binding site. An understanding of how interactions behave in 3D and their relative energetics is therefore highly beneficial when assessing potential candidate molecules.

This one day event has been developed to address the area of molecular interactions and will provide the participants with a solid understanding of the various types of common interaction and how they are relevant in drug discovery. Lectures will be delivered by leading experts in the field, and topics will include the preferred geometries and energetics of interactions (such as hydrogen-bonds, aromatic interactions and halogen bonds) as well as bioisosterism and how to evaluate whether an observed interaction is important or not.

The event is aimed primarily at early career medicinal chemists working within a pharmaceutical research environment, but may well be attractive to later career scientists interested in learning more about molecular interactions.

Event Day

Event Section
Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introduction
Keynote lecture Thinking about molecular interactions in drug discovery Dr Martin Stahl, Hoffman-La Roche
Protein interactions with fluorine and other halogens Dr Anna Vulpetti, Novartis
Lunch and exhibition
Keynote lecture The molecular recognition toolbox Prof Chris Hunter, University of Sheffield
Bioisosterism in drug discovery Dr Nathan Brown, Institute of Cancer Research
Experiment and theory in the study of intermolecular interactions Dr Frank Allen, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre
Protein-ligand molecular interaction using X-ray crystallography in fragment to lead progression Dr Gordon Saxty, Astex Therapeutics
Toward solid form design through understanding intermolecular interactions Dr Robert Docherty, Pfizer Global R&D
Closing remarks
Wine reception
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Venue and Contact

University of Cambridge

Pfizer Lecture Theatre, University of Cambridge, UK
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SCI Conference Team

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Earlybird fees - before 8 February 2013
GB£75 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Member 
GB£25. . . . . . . . . . SCI Student
GB£100 . . . . . . . . .Non Member

Standard fees - after 8 February 2013
GB£90 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Member 
GB£30 .. . . . . . . . . SCI Student
GB£120 . . . . . . . . .Non Member

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Organising Committee

Pete Wood, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre
John Caldwell, Institute of Cancer Research
Will Farnaby, Takeda
Jamie Scott, AstraZeneca
Tom Sheppard, University College London