The Medicinal Chemistry GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The conference program includes a diverse range of speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, concentrating on the latest developments in the field. The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field.
The 2024 Medicinal Chemistry Gordon Research Conference will feature talks on the cutting edge of the discipline that include new technologies, therapeutic modalities, and molecules advancing drug discovery. Matt Volgraf of Septerna is responsible for the scientific program; please see the planned topics and contact the Chairs if you would like to submit a talk proposal. A preliminary program of speakers will be posted in November 2023.
In addition to the various scientific sessions, the conference will culminate with a “Late-Breaking Topics” session organized by Alex Cortez of Bristol Myers Squib. This session comprises late-breaking results on prioritized clinical candidates across therapeutic areas. Finally, the conference program will conclude 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 as the poster sessions are an essential outlet for thoughtful discussion and interaction among the conferees. This year, the poster sessions will be organized by H. Rachel Lagiakos of Schrödinger.
The 2024 Medicinal Chemistry GRC will continue a tradition of outstanding science presented in a relaxed atmosphere offering a variety of social activities. Vice Chair-Elect Emily Peterson of Biogen will organize social events for the week, including hikes of Mt. Kearsarge and Mt. Cardigan, cycling, frisbee golf, cruising Lake Sunapee, volleyball, softball, soccer, a golf scramble, and a charity fundraiser.
As we look forward to another amazing conference in 2024, on behalf of myself, the Vice Chair, and the Vice Chair-Elect, we welcome your application. This conference is typically full by early May. We encourage applications by April 1, 2024 and the submission of any poster abstracts by April 15, 2024 to facilitate the admissions process. We particularly encourage applications from those of diverse backgrounds and scientific perspectives.
Thank you for your interest in the Medicinal Chemistry GRC!
Erin F. DiMauro Merck & Co., Inc.
Chair, 2024 Medicinal Chemistry GRC