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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 76, No. 5, p. iii-v (2004)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 76, Issue 5

Lectures presented at the Polish-Austrian-German-Hungarian-Italian Joint Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry, Kraków, Poland, 15-18 October 2003

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Preface
The Polish-Austrian-German-Hungarian-Italian Joint Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry took place in Kraków, Poland, from 15-18 October 2003. This year’s conference was a continuation of two previous Joint Meetings which had been held in Budapest, Hungary (Hungarian-German-Italian-Polish, 2001) and Taormina, Italy (Italian-Hungarian-Polish, 1999).

The meeting was organized under the auspices of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry by:

  • Medicinal Chemistry Divisions of the Chemical Societies of Austria, Germany, Hungary, and Italy;
  • Medicinal Chemistry Divisions of the Polish Chemical and Pharmaceutical Societies;
  • Faculty of Pharmacy, Medical College of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków;
  • Institute of Pharmacology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Kraków; and
  • Committee of Drug Design and Synthesis of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

The Honorary Committee of the conference was chaired by Prof. Franciszek Ziejka, rector of Jagiellonian University. The chairman of the conference was Prof. Zdzislaw Chilmonczyk, and the head of the organizing committee was Prof. Katarzyna Kieæ-Kononowicz. The conference was attended by 350 participants from 26 countries, including Poland (135), Italy (80), Germany (35), Hungary (16), Russia (8), Turkey (7), Austria (5), Switzerland (5), and 18 other countries.

The scientific program included: 5 plenary lectures (45 min.), 20 lectures (35 min.), and 8 keynotes (20 min.) during which participants were presented with the latest ideas concerning:

  • drugs for the treatment of CNS and cardiovascular diseases,
  • chemotherapeutics,
  • combinatorial chemistry and high-throughput screening,
  • molecular modeling,
  • peptides and peptidomimetics, and
  • pharmaceutical biotechnology.

Plenary lectures were as follows:

  • Prof. Walter Schunack, Free University of Berlin, Germany: “G Proteins: Targets for new drugs?”
  • Prof. Bernard Testa, Institute de Chimie Therapeutique, Universite de Lausanne, Switzerland: “Can drug metabolism be predicted?”
  • Prof. James P. Stables, Director of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda,USA: “A translational approach to preclinical drug development in epilepsy”
  • Prof. Tommy N. Johansen, Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Copenhagen, Denmark: “Rational approaches to the design of ligands for ionotropic glutamate receptors”
  • Prof. G. Michael Blackburn, Krebs Institute, Scheffield University, Great Britain: “Passive and catalytic antibodies and drug delivery”

The poster sessions consisted of 226 posters.

The organizers also prepared a rich social program for the participants of the conference, which included a welcome party in a restaurant at Wawel Castle and sightseeing tours to major monuments of Kraków. The conference was crowned with a reception in the exhibit rooms of the National Museum of the Cloth Hall.

The program of the conference was released in the form of a book of abstracts (ISDN 83-919157-1-9) Polish-Austrian-German Hungarian-Italian Joint Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry , Kraków, Poland, 15-18 October 2003. The full texts of the plenary and invited lectures are included in this issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry and in a CD, which will also include presentation of all the posters.

The Polish-Austrian-German-Hungarian-Italian Joint Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry was a very successful scientific event and an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and introduce the most recent research in the field of medicinal chemistry.

The next Joint Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry will be held in 2005.

Prof. Katarzyna Kieæ-Kononowicz
Conference Editor
E-mail: mfkonono@cyf-kr.edu.pl

Assoc. Prof. Barbara Malawska
Conference Editor
E-mail: mfmalaws@cyf-kr.edu.pl

Organizing Committee: Z. Chilmonczyk (Chairman); K. Kiecæ - Kononowicz (Head); A. Bojarski; J. Bojarski; J. Handzlik; K. Kulig; B. Malawska; E. Pêkala; E. Szymañska; M. Wiêcek.

 


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