The year is already off to a good start, with one fragment event behind us and several more ahead. Here’s an update, starting with a major event next week.
March 21-25: The spring ACS meeting is being held in San Francisco. There will be a full day symposium on March 24, “Fragment Based Drug Design: Novel Approaches and Success Stories,” as well as a number of other relevant talks and posters scattered throughout.
April 20-25: The Keystone Symposium on computer-aided drug design will take place in Whistler, British Columbia. Although not exclusively devoted to fragments, the schedule shows plenty of talks on the topic.
April 27-28: Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s Fifth Annual Fragment-Based Drug Discovery will be held in San Diego. Two pre-conference short courses are also devoted to the topic on April 26, and since both Teddy and I will be participating stop by and tell us what you think of the blog!
June 6-9: The 32nd National Medicinal Chemistry Symposium will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Dave Rees is organizing a session on fragments on June 9. Looks like a great lineup, with top speakers from Astex, Plexxikon, Novartis, Abbott, and UC Berkeley.
October 10-13: Finally, registration and calls for abstracts have opened for FBLD 2010 in Philadelphia, PA. This is the third in a popular series of conferences that started with FBLD 2008 in San Diego and continued last year in York, UK. An emphasis this year will be on biophysical methods - old and new - for fragment identification and characterization, as well as sessions on libraries, chemical strategies for fragment evolution, and success stories. As far as we know this is the first major fragment event on the east coast of the US, so don't miss it!
Know of anything else? Organizing a fragment event? Let us know and we’ll get the word out.