Tu Youyou Award 2018
This prize is established in honor of Prof. Tu Youyou, who won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The deadline for nominations of the second Tu Youyou Award is 1 March 2018.
–– The award is given biennially to recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the areas of natural product and medicinal chemistry.
–– Nominees may nominate themselves or be nominated by a colleague or colleagues.
–– The winner will be selected by a panel of distinguished Editorial Board members of Molecules.
–– The winner will receive a cash honorarium of 3000 CHF and an engraved commemorative plaque.
To nominate a candidate, submitter(s) should provide an application package containing the following items:
–– Nominee’s name and contact details (including e-mail address, institutional affiliation, and full postal address).
–– An up-to-date CV for the nominee.
–– A summary of the nominee’s work (max. 5000 words), describing the originality of the nominee’s research, significance of the work within the context of the advancement of natural products and/or medicinal chemistry research and quality of the nominee’s publications.
–– Although not mandatory, reference letters are welcome.
–– Incomplete application packages will be rejected without further communication with the submitter(s), beyond a one-time reminder that information was missing.
Please apply by clicking the button above before 1 March 2018. The Award will be granted by the end of June 2018.
Travel Awards 2018
As Editor-in-Chief of Molecules, I am pleased to announce the three winners of the 2018 Travel Awards sponsored by Molecules.
This year’s awards are granted to Dr. Jiawen Chen, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Groningen, Dr. Lin Huang, Ph.D. student at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Dr. Daniele D’Alonzo, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Naples “Federico II”. The awards consist of 800 Swiss Francs each to support the winners’ attendance at an academic conference of their choice in 2018.
Dr. Jiawen Chen’s research is focused on the artificial muscle-like functions of hierarchical supramolecular assemblies of photoresponsive molecular motors.
Dr. Lin Huang focuses on the study of plasmonic nanoshell-based metabolite detection for in-vitro metabolic diagnostics and therapeutic evaluation.
Dr. Daniele D’Alonzo’s research activities are focused mainly on the field of L-sugar-containing biomimetics to explore the role of chirality in molecular recognition and function.
I would like to congratulate the winners and thank the selection committee for their excellent work in the hard task of selecting the winners from the large number of excellent candidate profiles submitted for consideration.
Dr. Derek J. McPhee
Editor-in-Chief of Molecules
On behalf of the editorial team of Molecules, I am pleased to announce that the Best Oral Presentation Award (500€) from the 1st Molecules Medicinal Chemistry Symposium (https://sciforum.net/conference/MMCS2017) has been awarded to Alicia Boto, of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The nominations were assessed by the Organizing Committee of the symposium.
On behalf of the editorial team of Molecules, I am pleased to announce that the Best Poster Award (500€) from the 1st Molecules Medicinal Chemistry Symposium (https://sciforum.net/conference/MMCS2017) has been awarded to Francesc Rabanal, of the University of Barcelona. The nominations were assessed by the Organizing Committee of the symposium.
As Editor-in-Chief of Molecules, I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Tu Youyou Award and Travel Awards sponsored by Molecules:
The 2016 TU YOUYOU AWARD has been awarded to Dr. KENNETH A. JACOBSON, of the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry (LBC) at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK); part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, USA. As the awardee, Dr. Jacobsen will receive an honorarium of 3000 CHF and an engraved plaque.
Described by his peers as a world-leading medicinal chemist, who has produced a remarkable number of selective agonists and antagonists, as well as radioligands and photoaffinity labels for both P1 (adenosine) and P2Y (ATP, UTP and UDP) G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) subtypes, new drugs discovered by his team are currently being developed not only for therapeutic applications, for example cancer and autoimmune inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis, but also for important unmet medical needs, such as chronic neuropathic pain, which affects a large fraction of the population. In addition, over three dozen chemical probes introduced by the Jacobson lab are available commercially as research tools and are used widely for the study of purine receptors, other GPCRs and ion channels.
The 2016 TRAVEL AWARDS have been granted to Dr. PENG WANG, a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA and Dr. STEFANO D’ERRICO, a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Naples Federico II, Naples 80131, Italy.
Dr. Peng Wang’s research involves biosynthetic engineering of marine natural products to generate new anticancer agents. Dr. Stefano D’Errico’s research activities focus mainly on the field of synthetic organic chemistry, particularly in the development of innovative synthetic methodologies for the preparation of novel bioactive modified nucleosides and nucleotides.
The awards consist of 800 Swiss Francs each to attend any academic conference in 2017.
Dr. Derek J. McPhee
Editor-in-Chief of Molecules