31.08.2014 - 04.09.2014 | St. Petersburg

20th EuroQSAR: Understanding Chemical-Biological Interactions

The EuroQSAR Symposia have been taking place since 1973 in different European countries. These Symposia have been major scientific events in the field of computational drug design with applications in agricultural and environmental sciences.

impression from EuroQSAR-2014 | © Vladimir Poroikov
Impression from EuroQSAR-2014 | © Vladimir Poroikov

With its general theme of “Understanding Chemical-Biological Interactions”, the 2014 EuroQSAR symposium not only followed the tradition of previous events in presenting latest trends in quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR) and molecular modelling, but also explored new grounds, such as representation, visualization and navigation of chemical-biological space, chemo- and bioinformatics approaches to multi-target (Q)SAR, modelling of protein-ligand interactions, computational toxicology in drug and chemical safety assessment, translational bioinformatics, and emerging QSAR and modelling methods. Finally, EuroQSAR 2014 included the Corwin Hansch honoured session devoted to grand challenges for QSAR, and conducted a round table on (Q)SAR related European initiatives as well as a special session dedicated to the hot topics on modern techniques in computer-aided drug discovery.

The scientific programme of the Symposium included 11 lectures, 38 talks, 4 brief communications of young scientists obtaining the Best Poster Awards, 3 companies' workshops, and 157 posters.

The opening lecture "(QSAR, the Lifelong Learning for my Research Career" was presented by Prof. Toshio Fujita (Kyoto University, Japan), who together with Corwin Hansch laid the foundation for the modern QSAR.

The Symposium was attended by 271 researchers from 38 countries. 43.2% of the participants of the Symposium were presented by researchers from academic institutes and universities; 26.4% - professionals working in the industry; 30.4% - students, graduate students and postdocs.

An important part of the symposium EuroQSAR-2014 became the School for Young Russian Scientists on computer aided drug design methods, which was held at the St. Petersburg State Chemical-Pharmaceutical Academy on 28-30 August 2014.

The school-seminar was attended by 124 scientists and students from different regions.

impression from EuroQSAR-2014 | © Vladimir Poroikov
Impression from EuroQSAR-2014 | © Vladimir Poroikov

EuroQSAR-2014 Symposium was organized by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, the Committee on Science and High School of the Saint-Petersburg Government, Saint-Petersburg State Chemical-Pharmaceutical Academy, Saint-Petersburg State Research University of Informational Technologies, Mechanic and Optics, Institute of Biomedical Chemistry, and LD Organisation; it was supported by the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry Societies.

Website: www.euroqsar2014.ru


Vladimir Poroikov
Institute of Biomedical Chemistry of Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Russia

Ly Differding
LD Organization, Belgium

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