The 2021 Medicinal Chemistry Gordon Research Conference will feature talks on the cutting edge of the discipline that include new innovations, technologies and compounds that advance the science. Cindy Parrish of GlaxoSmithKline will be responsible for the scientific program; please see the planned topic areas below and contact the Chairs if you would like to submit a talk proposal. The program of speakers will be developed between September and October 2020.
In addition to the general scientific sessions the conference will culminate with a "Late-Breaking Topics" session organized by Erin DiMauro of Merck. This session comprises late-breaking results on important clinical candidates across therapeutic areas. Finally, the conference will wrap up on Thursday evening with the Keynote address organized by the Chair.
We strongly encourage attendees to submit poster presentations on any aspect of Medicinal Chemistry. These poster sessions have been an essential outlet for thoughtful discussion and interaction among the conferees. This year, the poster sessions will be organized by Matt Bourbeau of Amgen.
This conference is typically full by early May. We encourage applications by April 1st and the submission of any poster abstracts by April 15th to facilitate the admissions process.
The 2021 Medicinal Chemistry GRC will continue a tradition of outstanding science presented in a relaxed atmosphere offering a variety of social activities. Vice-Chair Elect Mike Ellis of BMS will organize social events for the week including hikes of Mt. Kearsarge and Mt. Cardigan, the Philbrick-Cricenti bog walk, frisbee, golf, volleyball, softball, soccer, a golf scramble and a charity poker tournament. We look forward to yet another outstanding conference in 2021 and on behalf of myself, the Vice Chair and the Vice-Chair Elect, we welcome your application and particularly encourage applications from those of diverse backgrounds and scientific perspectives.
Thank you for your interest in the Medicinal Chemistry Gordon Research Conference.
Chair, 2021 Medicinal Chemistry GRC
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 8, 2020. Please check back for updates.
- Synthetic Methodologies for Enabling Medicinal Chemistry
- Modern Screening Approaches for the Identification of High Value Leads
- How Cryo-EM Structures Are Enabling Drug Discovery
- Novel Strategies Targeting Immunotherapies
- Driving Pharmacology Through Tissue and Target Access
- Recent Advances in Rare Disease Drug Discovery
- Novel Pain and Addiction Therapeutics to Combat the Opioid Crisis
- Harnessing the Ubiquitin System for Drug Discovery
- Late-Breaking Topics: First Disclosures of Clinical Candidates