Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Recent Advances in Synthesis and Chemical Biology Symposium

09 December 2011

The Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology (CSCB) held its 10th annual symposium exploring current research at the interface between chemistry and biology at ‘Recent Advances in Synthesis and Chemical Biology X' on 9th December 2011.

The CSCB is a research collaboration between University College Dublin (UCD), the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), and Trinity College Dublin (TCD) which started in 2002 and was funded under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, Cycle 3.

Pictured (l-r) are invited speakers Professor Tim  Donohue, University of Oxford; Professor Kevin Nolan, RCSI; Professor Mark Lautens, University of Toronto; Professor Christina White, University of Illinois;  Professor Patrick Guiry, UCD (Director of the CSCB and Organiser of the Meeting) and Professor Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson, Trinity College Dublin.

The 200 delegates attending the meeting, which was held in UCD, were welcomed by Dr. Hugh Brady, President of UCD.

Professor Kevin Nolan, Head of the RCSI School of Postgraduate Studies and of the Department of Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry was among five invited international speakers to deliver plenary lectures at the event. Professor Nolan described the work of his research group on ‘Chemistry and Chemical Biology of Hydroxamic Acids'.  

Other lectures reported research on medical applications of novel luminescent chemosensors (TG), new metal catalysed reactions (ML), C-H oxidation in synthesis (CW) and new catalytic reactions designed for the efficient synthesis of natural products (TD).  

The groups of RCSI's Professor Mauro Adamo, Dr Marc Devocelle and Dr Celine Marmion presented posters respectively on novel synthetic methodologies; anticancer nanomedicines and new methods of peptide labelling; development of novel metallochemotherapeutics through rational drug design.