December 2, 2005
Chemistry and Biology meet at CSCB Symposium

Over 200 visitors including academics, postdoctoral scientists and postgraduate students from RCSI, UCD, TCD and other institutions attended the 4th Annual Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology (CSCB) symposium in the Astra Hall in UCD on December 2nd.

The event was opened by the President of UCD, Dr Hugh Brady, who in his opening remarks said that the symposium was the highlight in the CSCB calendar year. Dr Brady also acknowledged the work of the centre saying it has matched the targets set out in its objectives and mission statements.

The plenary lectures were given by Professor Tadhg Begley (Cornell University, USA), Professor JoAnne Stubbe (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), Professor Linda Hsieh-Wilson (California Institute of Technology, USA), Professor Volker Dötsch (Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany), Professor Amos B. Smith (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Professor David MacMillan (California Institute of Technology, USA).

Speakers at the CSCB Symposium 2005

Professors Volker Dötsch, JoAnne Stubbe, David MacMillan, Amos B. Smith, Linda Hsieh-Wilson and Tadhg Begley

The morning lectures were on a range of subjects including studies related to the essential vitamin thiamin and how organic chemistry can be integrated with neurobiology to explore how the brain communicates and stores information. Two of the afternoon lectures covered the fascinating topic of how organic chemists are striving to synthesise naturally occurring medicines in yields that are viable for commercial scalability.

In addition to the plenary lectures, over 80 postgraduates and postdoctoral scientists from all over Ireland exhibited their research in a poster competition. The standard of entry was very high and the judges Dr Marc Devocelle (RSCI), Dr Kevin O'Connor (UCD) and Dr David Grayson (TCD) had a difficult decision choosing the best three entries.

The winners of the poster competition were Dr Jerome Fakhry (UCD), Ms Enrica Pascarella (UCD) and Ms Ciara O'Connell (QUB).

Judges at Poster Exhibition

Two of the judges – Drs David Grayson and Marc Devocelle Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology

 

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