December 13, 2013
CSCB Symposium 'Recent Advances in Synthesis and Chemical Biology XII'

The CSCB held its twelfth annual symposium, ‘Recent Advances in Synthesis and Chemical Biology XII’, on Friday 13th December 2013, in the Biosciences Theatre, Trinity College Dublin. 120 delegates attended the one-day meeting at which five European speakers had been invited to give plenary lectures. The scientific programme was organised by Professor Pat Guiry, University College Dublin.

Photo: CSCB Symposium 9th December 2011 speakers
From Left to Right: Profs. James Naismith (University of St Andrews), Eoin Scanlan (Trinity College Dublin), Henk Hiemstra (University of Amsterdam), Pat Guiry (University College Dublin), Siegfried Blechert (University of Berlin). In front: Profs Ian Paterson (University of Cambridge) and Véronique Gouverneur (University of Oxford).

Professor Eoin Scanlan, TCD, opened the symposium and introduced the speakers. A welcome address was offered by Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin.

At the end of each plenary lecture, the floor was opened up to a short discussion chaired by senior academic staff from each of the partnership institutions; RCSI, UCD and TCD. Professor Véronique Gouverneur from the University of Oxford initiated the plenary lectures session with her address entitled ‘Fluorine Chemistry: Cold and Hot Recipes’.  She was followed by Professor Siegfried Blechert, University of Berlin who spoke about 'Stereocontrolled Metathesis Cascades in Natural Product Synthesis'. After the break for refreshements, lectures resumed with Professor Henk Hiemstra, University of Amsterdam who explored the topic of ‘Recent Adventures in Natural Product Total Synthesis’.

After lunch, Professor James Naismith, University of St Andrews, spoke about ‘The structural and chemical biology of patellamide biosynthesis'.

This was followed by a Poster session.  A total of 36 posters from postgraduate students and post-docs from all three institutions were exhibited. A panel of three judges: Professor Stephen Connon (TCD), Dr. Paul Evans (UCD) and Dr Marc Devocelle (RCSI) selected the three best posters and a prize worth 150 euro was awarded to each of the three winners:

Dr Lorenzo Guazzelli from UCD, poster entitled ‘Towards the Development of a Glycocojugate Vaccine against Cryptococcus Neoformans

Dr Kirill Nikitin from UCD, poster entitled ‘Turning Regioselectivity into Stereoselectivity: Efficient Dual Resolution of P-Stereogenic Phosphine Oxides via Bifurcation in the Reactivity of a Common Intermediate’

Mr. Carl Poree from Edinburgh University, poster entitled ‘A New Approach to Palladium‐Catalysed Cyclopropanation’.

The symposium closed with a final lecture given by Professor Ian Paterson from the University of Cambridge who addressed the topic ‘Challenges and Discoveries in Complex Polyketide Synthesis.’

This year, delegates travelled from Edinburgh University, Nottingham University and Queen’s University Belfast as well as Institute of Technology Tallaght, UCD, TCD and RCSI to attend the Symposium.

Institut de Recherches Servier, GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly and Waters each sponsored a lecture. Sponsorship support was also received from CEM Microwave Technology, RSC, Agilent, Mason Technology, TCI and Roche Ireland.

To download the Abstracts Booklet, please click on the link below:

'Recent Advances in Synthesis and Chemical Biology XII' 2013 Abstracts Booklet