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Editorial Board Chairs: Karl-Heinz Altmann, Antonello Mai, Rainer Metternich. Editor: David Peralta

Impact Factor: 3.225

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 17/60 (Chemistry Medicinal); 73/256 (Pharmacology & Pharmacy)

Online ISSN: 1860-7187

Associated Title(s): Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Chemistry - A European Journal, Chemistry – An Asian Journal, ChemBioChem, Medicinal Research Reviews, Molecular Informatics

October 22, 2013

Scientific Excellence on the Island of Formosa

Scientific Excellence on the Island of FormosaThe 9th Asian Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (AFMC) International Medicinal Chemistry Symposium (AIMECS13) took place last week in Taipei (Taiwan). With around 500 delegates, the conference was held at the historic Grand Hotel, spanning three days and featuring five plenary lectures, 49 invited speakers, 36 oral presentations, and 123 posters. The conference opened with a welcome speech from Prof. Reuben Jih-Ru Hwu, President of the AFMC and chair of the AIMECS13.

Collaborations with the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and ChemMedChem showcased the international collaborative spirit of the AIMECS and AFMC. Indeed, ACS President Marinda Wu was among the plenary speakers, along with Nobel Laureate Prof. Ei-ichi Negishi and distinguished scientist Prof. James P. Collman. During the conference, Prof. Collman received a well-deserved lifetime achievement award from the AFMC, presented to him by Prof. Hwu.

The conference theme was Developing New Drugs to Make This World Preferable. A total of 21 symposia ran concurrently, covering topics from drug discovery in the field of epigenetics (EFMC-sponsored session) to nanomedicals and bioimaging, biomolecular therapeutics, and therapeutic antibodies. The ChemMedChem-sponsored session entitled Highlights in Medicinal Chemistry was a particularly notable success, with high-profile board members and friends of the journal gathering to present their latest research findings.

Opening with a lecture on predicting the properties of nanoparticles for drug delivery from Editorial Board member and Past President of the AFMC, Prof. David Winkler (CSIRO, Australia), the ChemMedChem session continued with a talk from Editorial Board member Prof. Maurizio Botta (University of Siena, Italy) on targeting the T315I mutation in Bcr-Abl tyrosine kinase. International Advisory Board members Dr. Thomas Keller (Experimental Therapeutics Centre, Singapore) and Prof. Beat Ernst (University of Basel, Switzerland) spoke on NS3 protease and flavivirus drug discovery and glycomimetic selectin antagonists as anti-inflammatory agents, respectively. Excellent lectures were also given by Prof. Paul Alewood (IMB–University of Queensland, Australia) on toxin disulfide bond mimetics, Prof. Patrick Gunning (University of Toronto, Canada) on inhibiting Stat3, and Prof. Steven Fletcher (University of Maryland, USA) on inhibiting c-Myc–Max dimerization. The session closed with a presentation on publishing from ChemMedChem's own Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Natalia Ortúzar.

The involvement of the journal did not end there! In addition to the ChemMedChem-sponsored session, Wiley-VCH book prizes were awarded to Naoki Saito (Meiji Pharmaceutical University, Japan), Wen-Chieh Huang (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan), and Chao Zhao (Chonnam National University, Korea) in recognition of their excellent poster presentations. Each recipient received two recent Wiley-VCH reference books, along with ChemistryViews tote bag and assorted goodies.

Finally, there will be a special issue of ChemMedChem dedicated to highlighting the AIMECS13, AFMC, and excellence in medicinal chemistry in Asia. All presenters have been invited to contribute, and the special issue will likely be published in mid-2014.

With the success of the AIMECS13 fresh in their minds, many are already looking forward to the next AFMC International Medicinal Chemistry Symposium: AIMECS 2015 will be held on October 18–21, 2015 at the ICC JEJU on Jeju Island (Korea). While the Taipei meeting has left large shoes to fill, the AIMECS15 will no doubt be a resounding success, and ChemMedChem already plans to be there!

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