18 November 2010
The SCI College of Scholars held its second regional presentations meeting at Manchester University in a joint event with its Chemical Engineering Department and the SCI Liverpool and North West Regional Interest Group. The latter’s Chairman, Dr Trevor Rhodes acted as Chairman for the meeting and introduced the COS Principal, Prof Alan Heaton, to give short presentations on both SCI and the College of Scholars.
Trevor then introduced James Douglas (St Andrews University) who spoke about 'Organocatalysis of Heterocycles with Carbenes'.
He was followed by Kevin Back (Manchester University) to give his presentation on 'Effect of Impurities of Synthesis on the Crystallisation of Key Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients'.
The final speaker was Jamie Kerr (Aberdeen University) whose talk was entitled 'Allosteric Modulators of the CB1 Receptor'.
All three scholars maintained the very high standards set by their peers at our first meeting at Cambridge University earlier this year and coped well with some testing questions posed by the audience composed of university students (largely Chemical Engineering), staff and SCI Liverpool and North West Regional Interest Group members. Afterwards there was again a chance to network over wine and nibbles.
Thanks are due to Jamie and James for making the long trip south from Scotland, Dr Andy Merritt (COS Patron) for making the trip north and particularly, Kevin Back and his colleagues Dr. Robin Curtis and Prof Roger Davey for helping me to organise this very successful meeting.
The photograph shows the speakers with the Patron – from left to right:- Andy Merritt, Jamie Kerr, Alan Heaton, James Douglas, Trevor Rhodes and Kevin Back.
Prof Alan Heaton