by Ernõ Pungor
A Hungarian-German-Italian-Polish Joint Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry
was held in Budapest, Hungary, 2-6 September 2001. The conference
was organized by the Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Division of
the Hungarian Chemical Society and the Medicinal Chemistry Divisions
of the Chemical Societies of Germany, Italy, and Poland, with the
contribution of the Medicinal Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technological
Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the 100-year-old
Gedeon Richter Ltd. Prof. Péter Mátyus was the chairman
of the meeting, and Dr. János Wölfling was the secretary.
The meeting followed two previous joint meetings held in Taormina,
Italy (1999) and Jelenia Góra, Poland (2000). This third
meeting was organized by the Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Division
of the Hungarian Chemical Society and the Medicinal Chemistry Divisions
of the Chemical Societies of Germany, Italy and Poland, with the
contribution of the Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technological
Committee of Hungarian academy of Sciences and the Gedeon Richter
Ltd, and was sponsored by IUPAC.
Medicinal chemistry is very complex. It contains many areas of
chemistry, molecular biology, and material sciences as well as computer
science. It plays a central role in drug design, discovery and development.
This meeting focused in particular on certain challenging fields
in current medicinal chemistry, such as CNS, cardiovascular and
metabolic diseases, and new methods of drug research. More than
270 registered participants attended the conference (mainly from
the four organizing countries, but scientists from more than 20
countries altogether) and 17 plenary lectures, 9 short lectures
and 164 posters from academic and industrial areas were presented
and this resulted in a high-level scientific program. The Hungarian-German-Italian-Polish
Joint Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry was a successful meeting about
the cooperation of these countries. It strengthened the developing
of new pharmaceutical products.
Ernõ Pungor is the Chairman of Hungarian
National Committee for IUPAC.