December 18, 2009
CSCB Symposium 'Recent Advances in Synthesis and Chemical Biology VIII'

The 8th annual Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology symposium, ‘Recent Advances in Synthesis and Chemical Biology VIII’ was held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on Friday 18th December 2009.

The meeting was opened by Professor Frank Keane, President, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the speakers were Professor Tony Barrett, Imperial College London, UK; Professor Brian Stoltz, California Institute of Technology, USA; Professor Martin Albrecht, University College Dublin, Ireland; Professor Hagan Bayley, University of Oxford, UK and Professor Giancarlo Morelli, University of Naples "Federico II" and IBB CNR, Naples, Italy.

There was a poster session in the afternoon. A panel of three judges – Dr Eoin Scanlon, TCD, Professor Declan Gilheany, UCD and Dr Marc Devocelle, RCSI picked the top three posters. Prizes of €100 each were awarded to: Martin Hollinger (UCD) for his poster ‘Synthesis of Mucin Core Structures and Analogues for the Investigation of Gut Bacteria’; Heather Horan (UCD) for her poster ‘Potential Vaccines against Moraxella Catarrhalis- based on Synthetic Oligosaccharides’ and Niamh Murphy (UCD) for her poster ‘Synthesis of α-S-Galactosylceramides from α-glycosyl Thiols’.

This year’s symposium attracted around 150 delegates from Bangor University and Queen’s University Belfast as well as NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght, UCD, UCC, TCD and RCSI.

The main sponsors were Institut de Recherches Servier and Eli Lilly who each sponsored a lecture. Sponsorship was also received from Hovione, Seroba Kernel Life Sciences, Nature Chemical Biology, Merck Sharp and Dohme and Leo Pharma.

L-R above - Professors Hagan Bayley, University of Oxford; Kevin Nolan, RCSI; Giancarlo Morelli, University of Naples; Anthony Barrett, Imperial College London; Pat Guiry, University College Dublin; Brian Stoltz, California Institute of Technology; Martin Albrecht, University College Dublin


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