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University of Texas
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G. Perry (Biography
G. Perry

George Perry (born April 12, 1953 in Lompoc, California) is a neuroscientist recognized in the field of Alzheimer's disease research particularly for his work in oxidative stress. Dr. Perry has studied at many universities and holds multiple degrees including a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a PhD in Marine Biology from the Scrippss Institution of Oceanography at San Diego. He is distinguished as one of the top Alzheimer’s disease researchers by Expertscape with over 1000 publications, more than 66,000 citations (H=129), one of the top 100 most-cited scientists in Neuroscience & Behavior and one of the top 25 scientists in free radical research. Dr. Perry is a Semmes Foundation Distinguished University Chair in Neurobiology and is an active participant in many other scientific associations. He is an elected member of the Academies of Sciences of Mexico, Portugal, and Spain. In addition, Perry is an Editor of numerous scientific journals including Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease which he founded in 1998. Today, Perry continues his love for research while working as Dean of the College of Sciences at The University of Texas at San Antonio.


University of Texas
San Antonio, TX

Associate Editors:

B. K. Banik
Research & Education Development, Community Health Systems of South Texas (CHSST)
Edinburg, Texas

A. Makriyannis
Northeastern University

H. Fang (Biography
H. Fang

Dr. Fang obtained a doctorate in China Pharmaceutical University in 2001. Currently he is professor of medicinal chemistry and vice director of Scientific Research and International Affairs of Shandong University Cheeloo College of Medicine. His research focused on structure-based drug design on the targets for cancer therapy, including histone deacetylase (HDAC), Bcl-2 and Cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) etc. Notably, Dr. Fang has authored more than 70 scientific publications, and is a named inventor of 10 issued China patents.


Shandong University
P. R. China

D.J. Waxman (Biography
D.J. Waxman

Dr. David Waxman is Professor of Biology, Medicine and Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. He received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University and postdoctoral training in enzymology in the Department of Chemistry at MIT. He is an active member of many journal editorial boards, and is a frequent speaker at major symposia in the fields of cancer pharmacology, drug metabolism, and molecular endocrinology. He has made seminal contributions to our understanding of hepatic cytochrome P450 enzymes, their role in drug metabolism and cancer therapeutics, and to the role of growth hormone in regulating sex differences in liver gene expression.


Boston University
Boston, MA

G. Keglevich (Biography
G. Keglevich

György Keglevich graduated as a chemical engineer. He has been Professor of Chemistry since 1995, and the Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry and Technology, Budapest Univesity of Technology since 1999. He is engaged with P-heterocyclic and environmentally-friendly chemistry comprising MW chemistry, phase transfer catalysis and the development of new catalysts. He is the author or co-author of 460 papers He holds editorial positions at the journals Curr. Green Chem., Cur. Org. Chem., Lett. Org. Chem., Curr. Org. Synth.. Lett. Drug Des. Disc. and Curr. Catal. He is the member of the Editorial Board of Heteroatom Chem. and Phosphorus Sulfur Silicon.


Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Regional Editors:

Region: Asia
X.-H. Liu (Biography
X.-H. Liu

Dr. Liu obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Chemistry from Nankai University. Currently Dr. Liu is an Associate Professor in the Zhejiang University of Technology, College of Chemical Engineering and as Visiting Scientist of US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Natural Product Centre. He has published more than 100 scientific papers and is a named inventor of more than 40 authorized CN patents. He is currently the editorial board of Letters in Drug Design & Discovery, Asian Journal of Chemistry and Scholars Research Library.


Zhejiang University of Technology
Y. Okada (Biography
Y. Okada

Dr. Yoshio Okada is a Professor Emeritus of Kobe Gakuin University. He obtained PhD. Degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Kyoto University, Kyoto Japan. His research is the development of analgesic, anti-cancer and anti-plasmin dugs based on the peptide chemistry. He already published more than 230 scientific publications. He was a president of Japanese Peptide Society from April of 2002 to March of 2004 and is an honorary member of that society.


Kobe Gauin University
Region: Australia/New Zealand
R.L. Mancera (Biography
R.L. Mancera

"Prof. Ricardo Mancera did his undergraduate degree in biological and pharmaceutical chemistry at the National University of Mexico and his PhD in theoretical and computational chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He worked as a research fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge, senior research scientist at De Novo Pharmaceuticals and is currently Professor of Biophysical Chemistry and Computational Biophysics at Curtin University, Perth, Australia."


Curtin University of Technology
Region: Europe
S. Ahmed
University of the West of Scotland
Region: North America
J.F. Honek (Biography
J.F. Honek

Dr. Honek is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Canada. He obtained his B.Sc./Ph.D. degrees at McGill University. His Ph.D. research (supervisor: Dr. Bernard Belleau), focused on the design and synthesis of sulfur-based heterocyclic analogs of the anthracycline antibiotics. Postdoctoral research (MIT; supervisor: Dr. Christopher Walsh) explored the enzyme mechanisms involved in microbial methane production. Dr. Honek’s research is focused on the biological chemistry of the carbon-sulfur bond and on protein structure and function. He is the author of numerous publications including a recent textbook (Biochemical Pharmacology by Palmer, Chan, Dieckmann & Honek, (2012) Wiley-VCH). He is the recipient of the Canadian Society for Chemistry Bernard Belleau Award (2014) for distinguished contributions to the field of medicinal chemistry.


University of Waterloo
J.L. Neumeyer (Biography
J.L. Neumeyer



McLean Hospital
Belmont, MA
M. Zhu
AstaTech Inc.
Bristol, PA

Editorial Board Members:

J.D. Adams (Biography
J.D. Adams

James Adams received his PhD in Pharmacology from the University of California San Francisco. He has been a Professor at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy for 28 years where he teaches Pharmacy, Medical and Graduate Students. He has over 250 publications in journals and books. His current area of interest is California medicinal plants. Dr. Adams was trained in Chumash Indian Healing for 14 years by a recognized Chumash Healer. Since 2012, he has become a Healer to the Chumash people of the San Fernando Valley. He has written a book and several articles on Chumash Healing. He continues to teach Chumash Healing to healthcare students and the public.


University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

E.J. Barreiro (Biography
E.J. Barreiro

Professor Barreiro obtained a doctorate (Docteur d´Étát) in Chemistry from the University of Grenoble, France (1978). Dr. Barreiro is Full-Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil from 1984. He is author/co-author of more than 300 scientific papers, published in peer-reviewed journals is founder and the Scientific Director of Laboratory of Synthesis and Bioassays of Bioactive Substances at UFRJ, Brazil.


Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

J.M. Brunel (Biography
J.M. Brunel

Jean Michel Brunel was graduated from the School of Chemistry of Marseille (France) in 1991. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1994 from Université Aix Marseille in the field of asymmetric organophosphorus chemistry. In 1994, he joined the group of Pr. H. B. Kagan (Université Paris Sud) as a postdoctoral fellow working on the enantioselective catalytic oxidation of sulfides. In 1997, he joined the CNRS as Chargé de Recherche and is now working at the Centre de Recherche en Cancérologie de Marseille. His research program is focused on the development of novel classes of antimicrobial and anticancer agents.


Université de la Méditerranée

A. Capasso
Università di Salerno

Y. Cheng (Biography
Y. Cheng

Dr. Cheng obtained a doctorate (PhD) in Structural Biology from the University of Science and Technology of China. Currently Dr. Cheng is a Professor in the School of Life Sciences, East China Normal Universty. He has published more than 100 papers in journals such as Nature Materials, Nature Communications, J. Am. Chem. Soc. and Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Dr. Cheng is currently the regional editor of Current Drug Discovery Technologies, and the guest editor of Topics in Current Chemistry. His research focused on drug and gene delivery systems.


East China Normal University

D.R. Davis
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

E. Garattini (Biography
E. Garattini

Dr. Enrico Garattini is a medical doctor and the Head of The Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the IRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri” in Milano, Italy, a not-for-profit Institute devoted to experimental and clinical research in the fields of pharmacology and biomedicine. He has over 35 years experience in the area of experimental research and has authored more than 130 articles in “peer-review” journals indexed in PUBMED and a series of book chapters. He has served as expert consultant of the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicines and the French Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM). He is also member of the Editorial Board of 4 other scientific journals.


Instituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche

D. Hadjipavlou-Litina (Biography
D. Hadjipavlou-Litina

Professor Dimitra Hadjipavlou-Litina received her undergraduate training in Pharmacy at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1975-1979) and her PhD in Pharmacy at the same University. She conducted postdoctoral studies at California (supervisor Professor Corwin Hansch). Currently she is a full professor and a head at the School of Pharmacy. Her research interests involve synthesis and biological studies and the use of Computational Chemistry in Drug Design and resulted in the publication of over 220 peer-reviewed articles over 5000 citations and h factor = 38. Currently is the Editor of Current Enzyme Inbibition, CEI and a member of Editorial Advisory Board of “Anti-Inflammatory & Anti-allergy Agents In Medicinal Chemistry” as well as “Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry”, “Letters In Drug Design & Discovery”, published by Bentham Science Publishers.


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

H. Hong (Biography
H. Hong

Dr. Huixiao Hong is a senior Scientist at National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Arkansas, USA, working on the scientific bases for regulatory application and development of genomics biomarkers. Before joining the FDA, he was the Manager of Bioinformatics Division at Z-Tech, an ICFI company, at NCTR. He held a Research Scientist position at Sumitomo Chemical Company in Japan. He was a visiting scientist at National Cancer Institute (NCI) at National Institutes of Health (NIH). He was also an Associated Professor and the Director of Laboratory of Computational Chemistry at Nanjing University in China. He published more than 160 scientific papers and served as Editor-in-Chief, Executive Editor and Editorial Board member for more than 10 peer-reviewed journals and as reviewer for more than 50 peer-reviewed journals. He received his Ph.D. from Nanjing University in China and did post-doctoral research at Maxwell Institute in Leeds University in England.


National Center for Toxicological Research
Jefferson, AR

R. Jones
Arena Pharmaceutical
San Diego, CA

A. Kamal
Indian Institute of Chemical Technology

K. Kuca (Biography
K. Kuca

Kamil Kuca is working for several academic institutes (University of Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic; University Hospital Hradec Kralove, Czech republic; Florida International University, USA; Yangtze University, China; etc.). He is recently rector of the University of Hradec Kralove. He was also technology scout focused on biomedicine in the past. His research interests are toxicology, pharmacology, drug design, technology transfer, pharmacoeconomy, chemical and biological terrorism, etc. He was/is principal investigator on numerous national and international projects (EU, NATO, GACR, IGA MZ, MSMT etc.). He has published more than 350 IF research papers. He is working with several companies as a scientific consultant. He has lots of cooperators throughout the world (e.g. Korea, Croatia, United Arab Emirates, USA, France, Turkey, China, Singapore, Sweden, and Brazil). His Hindex is 36, number of citation in WoS is over 3000.


University of Hradec Kralove
Hradec Kralove
Czech Republic

J.T.M. Linders
Johnson & Johnson Pharm. Res. & Develop

R. Mairs
University of Glasgow

R. McGeary (Biography
R. McGeary

Dr McGeary is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, and an Affiliate Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy at The University of Queensland, Australia. Dr McGeary has authored over 75 publications, as well as 3 book chapters and 11 patents. His research interests encompass the development of new synthetic methodologies, and the design and synthesis of potent inhibitors of metalloenzymes.


University of Queensland
Brisbane, Queensland

A. Mollica
Department of Pharmacy

A.H. Newman (Biography
A.H. Newman

Amy Hauck Newman, Ph.D. is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Molecular Targets and Medications Discovery Branch and the Medicinal Chemistry Section at the National Institute on Drug Abuse – Intramural Research Program (NIDA-IRP), National Institutes of Health. She also serves the NIDA-IRP as Deputy Scientific Director and the Director of its Medication Development Program. She has coauthored more than 240 original articles and reviews on the design, synthesis, and pharmacological evaluation of CNS active agents, focusing on the dopamine and serotonin transporters and dopamine D2-like receptors, as leads toward potential treatment medications for substance use disorders.


National Institutes of Health
Baltimore, MD

I. E. Orhan (Biography
I. E. Orhan

Prof. Orhan is a professor of Pharmacognosy and currently dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, Gazi University (Ankara, Turkey). She obtained her Ph.D. degree (2002) from the Department of Pharmacognosy at the same Faculty and holds two Master degrees from Pharmacognosy (1996, Gazi University, Turkey) and Marine Natural Product Chemistry (1998, University of Ryukyus, Japan). Dr. Orhan was a visiting scientist at University of Winnipeg (Canada) in 2003 and served as funding dean of Faculty of Pharmacy at the Eastern Mediterranean University. She has over 180 papers in Science Citation Indexed journals and 13 book chapters and received a number of science awards at national and international levels.


Gazi University

J. Polanski (Biography
J. Polanski

Dr. Polanski obtained his PhD from the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. Dr Polanski also holds a habilitation in organic and medicinal chemistry from the Lodz University of Technology, Lodz, Poland. Currently Dr. Polanski is a Full Professor in the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. He has published more than 100 scientific publications and is a named inventor of 20 issued patents. He is a member of the editorial board of Combinatorial Chemistry and HTS (Bentham).


University of Silesia

K. Roy (Biography
K. Roy

Dr. Kunal Roy is a Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India. He has been a recipient of Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (University of Manchester, 2007) and Marie Curie International Fellowship (University of Manchester, 2013). The field of his research interest is QSAR and Molecular Modeling with application in Drug Design and Predictive Toxicology. Dr. Roy has published more than 250 research articles in peer reviewed journals and coauthored/edited several QSAR related books ( https://sites.google.com/site/kunalroyindia/home/krlistofpublications ). His current h-index is 33. Dr. Roy has been recently recognized as one of the Top Ten Authors in the list of Active Indian Researchers (2009-14) in the subjects of Chemistry, and Pharmacology, Toxicology & Pharmaceutics in the Bibliometric Analysis published by DST, Govt of India (available from http://www.dst.gov.in/sites/default/files/Elsevier.pdf).


Jadavpur University

D.S. Soriano
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Bradford, PA

L. Tavano (Biography
L. Tavano

Lorena Tavano graduated from the University of Calabria in 2006 and received her Ph.D. in 2009. She moved to the IQAC-CSIC (Barcelona, Spain) as Contracted Researcher and in 2012 she came back to the University of Calabria where she is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher. She focused her interest in the synthesis of surfactants and the in design of macromolecular systems in the form of vesicles, hydrogels and liquid crystals for pharmaceutical and food applications. She has a strong background in the field of controlled drug delivery. She is author of 42 publications on international peer review journals and book chapters.


University of Calabria

M. Valko
Slovak Technical University

L. Yang (Biography
L. Yang

Dr. Yang currently leads the Merck chemistry efforts on tuberculosis, working with the TBDA (tuberculosis drug accelerator). He has over 26 years of experience in drug discovery at Merck, spanning in the field of immunology, oncology, infectious diseases, cardiovascular, obesity and diabetes. Dr. Yang received his PhD from Rice University in organic chemistry. He served as the president of the Sino-American Pharmaceutical Professionals Association (SAPA) in 2000. He has been an adjunct professor of Peking University’s Master Degree Program of International Pharmaceutical Engineering Management, 2007-2016. Dr. Yang has authored and co-authored over 60 publications and over 60 patents. He has been an editor for the journal since its inception. journals.


Merck Research Laboratory
Rahway, NJ

R. Zhang (Biography
R. Zhang

Dr. Zhang has extensive expertise and experiences in translational biomedical research, particularly translational medicine, cancer therapy and prevention, pharmacogenomics and therapeutics. He has published more than 200 papers, 2 books, more than 50 invited reviews/book chapters, and more than 180 meeting abstracts. Dr. Zhang has made more than 200 invited presentations. He is a certified toxicologist by the American Board of Toxicology (D.A.B.T.). He is also an editor-in-chief, associate-editor-in-chief, associate editor, or editorial board member of 25 scientific journals. Dr. Zhang has been elected as a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) since 2009.


Texas Tech University Health Science Center
Lubbock, TX

M. Asanuma
Okayama University. Grad. Sch. Med. & Dent

Diego Dal Ben (Biography
Diego Dal Ben

Diego Dal Ben got PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Padova (Italy) then moved to the University of Camerino (Italy). Dr. Dal Ben is currently Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and leader of the Drug Design Team molecular modelling group. His research work is to design and optimize bioactive compounds with molecular modelling tools. His studies are focused mainly to membrane proteins belonging to the GPCR (Purinergic P1 Receptors) and ion channel (Purinergic P2X Receptors) protein families. Further studies are related to compounds able to modulate the activity of enzymes (i.e. Topoisomerases and Kinases).


School of Pharmacy

G. Burnstock
Royal Free and University College Medical School

F.I. Carroll (Biography
F.I. Carroll

F. Ivy Carroll received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Auburn University and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina. He joined RTI in 1961 as a Research Chemist and rose steadily to the position of Vice President of the Chemistry and Life Sciences Group, 1996–2001. Dr. Carroll also served as Director of the Center for Organic and Medicinal Chemistry from 1975–2007. He is presently a Distinguished Fellow for Medicinal Chemistry. Dr. Carroll has published 508 peer-reviewed publications, 34 book chapters, and 51 patents.


Research Triangle Institute

J.W. Chern
National Taiwan University

M.V.N. De Souza (Biography
M.V.N. De Souza

Marcus Vinícius Nora de Souza is a senior technologist at Oswaldo Cruz public health foudation – RJ, and leads a research group in organic chemistry, with emphasis in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry, acting on neglected diseases (tuberculosis and malaria), cancer and synthetic methodologies. He has authored more than 250 manuscripts, 5 patents and 3 books, and their formation includes a PhD in organic and bioorganic chemistry (Universite de Paris XI (Paris-Sud) – France) with stage at the University of Barcelona – Spain, and three postdocs in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry (University of Florida – USA, Federal University of Juiz de Fora – MG, Pharmaceutical industry Genzyme - Boston – USA).


Instituto de Tecnologia em Fàrmacos-Far Manguinhos
Rio de Janeiro

A. Gueiffier
UFR des Sciences pharmaceutiques

D. Heymann (Biography
D. Heymann

After his PhD (1995), Dr Heymann successively was appointed: technician, engineer at the Nantes Hospital (FR), Associate-Professor (2001) and Professor of Histology and Embryology at the University of Nantes (2009). He heads an Inserm research laboratory studying the pathogenesis of bone sarcomas. He has authored more than 220 peer-reviewed publications. Since September 2015, He was awarded a personal Chair of Bone Oncology at the University of Sheffield (UK) where He serves as a head of a European Associated Laboratory (Sarcoma Research Unit) Inserm/Univ. Sheffield/Univ. Nantes.


Université de Nantes
Nantes Cedex

H.-P. Hsieh (Biography
H.-P. Hsieh

Dr. Hiseh is Associate Director, Institute of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Research, National Health Research Institutes and Adjunct Professor at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. He has published more 110 papers in peer reviewed international journals in the area of anti-cancer, anti-diabetics and anti-virus drug discovery and obtained 55 patents granted. Most importantly, DBPR104, I invented licensed to SynCore Biotech in 2008, obtained IND approved by US FDA and TFDA in 2010, and currently is undergoing phase II clinical trial in Taiwan. Recently, EGFR inhibitor (DBPR112) was also obtained US IND approval April, 2016 and multiple kinase inhibitor (DBPR114) will be filed US IND in first quarter of 2017.


National Health Research Institutes

A.V. Kalueff
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD

G.M. Keserũ (Biography
G.M. Keserũ

György M. Keserű obtained his Ph.D. at Budapest, Hungary and joined Sanofi-Aventis CHINOIN heading a chemistry research lab. He moved to Gedeon Richter in 1999 as the Head of Computer-aided Drug Discovery. He earned D.Sc. from the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2003 and he was invited for a research professorship at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Since 2007 he was appointed as the Head of Discovery Chemistry at Gedeon Richter. He served as a director general of the Research Center for Natural Sciences (RCNS) at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He contributed to the discovery of the antipsychotic VraylarR (RGH-188, cariprazine) that has been approved by the US FDA in 2015 and marketed in the US from 2016. From 2015 he is heading the Medicinal Chemistry Research Group at RCNS. His research interests include medicinal chemistry, drug design, and in silico ADME. He has published over 170 papers and more than 10 books and book chapters.


Hungarian Academy of Sciences

P.Y. Lam
Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute
Doylestown, PA

E.-A. Ling (Biography
E.-A. Ling

Dr Ling is Professor at the Department of Anatomy, National University of Singapore. He has more than four decades of teaching experience in Human Anatomy, and was the head of the department from 1998-2008. He pioneered the research on microglia in 1970s who first characterized the ultrastructure of microglia and demonstrated experimentally that microglia originate from the blood monocytes. Recent focus is on the roles of activated microglia in neuroinflammation. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge and was awarded Doctor of Science by the National University of Singapore. He was conferred an Emeritus Professorship in 2013.


National University of Singapore

M.P. Marques (Biography
M.P. Marques

Maria Paula Marques (October 1960, Portugal) received her MSc in Physical-Chemistry (1987) her PhD (1995) from the Univ. Coimbra. M.P.M. Marques is currently a professor at the Dep. Life Sciences of the Univ. Coimbra, assistant-coordinator of the R&D Group “Molecular Physical-Chemistry” and head of the “Chemoprevention, -Therapy & -Toxicology” laboratory. M.P.M. Marques has authored 130 scientific papers, 8 book chapters and co-edited 3 books. She is an affilliated member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Clinical Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy for Medical Diagnosis (CLIRSPEC), the portuguese delegate for the COST Action Raman4Clinics, an associate editor of RSC Advances and a member of the editorial board of Recent Patents on Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery. Her research is centred on the development of Pt and Pd-based anticancer agents, using vibrational spectroscopy, including neutron techniques and synchrotron-based methods.


University of Coimbra

J. Medina-Franco (Biography
J. Medina-Franco

Dr. Jose Medina-Franco received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Then he joined Procter & Gamble in Mexico City, working in the research and development department. He received his Masters and Ph.D. degree, both from the UNAM. He conducted research in drug discovery at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Medina-Franco is member of the prestigious National Researcher System, National Council of Science and Technology, Mexico and has received several awards from academia and industry in Mexico, United States, and Belgium. Dr. Medina-Franco is currently Full Professor at the School of Chemistry at UNAM, where he leads the research group DIFACQUIM. His research interests are chemo informatics and computer-aided drug design. He has published more than 150 scientific contributions in peer-reviewed journals, 20 book chapters overall and has participated as editor in two books.


National Autonomous University of Mexico
Mexico city

R. Morishita (Biography
R. Morishita

Ryuichi Morishita, M.D., Ph.D., graduated Osaka University Medical School in 1987, and received Ph. D. from Osaka University in 1991. After postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine, he served as an Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Osaka University Medical School from 1994 to 1998. Then, from 1998 to 2003, he was Associate Professor, Division of Gene Therapy Science, Osaka University Medical School. Then, he became Professor & Chairman of Division of Clinical Gene Therapy, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University Medical School from 2003.


Osaka University

I. Ojima (Biography
I. Ojima

Dr. Ojima is a University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and the Director of the institute of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery at Stony Brook University, New York. He obtained his Ph.D. (organic chemistry) from the University of Tokyo. He has published more than 450 papers and reviews in leading journals and more than l00 patents granted, edited 8 books (SciFinder lists >980 publications to his credits). He is a recipient of 3 national awards from the American Chemical Society: Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award E. B. Hershberg Award and the ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry.


State University of New York
Stony Brook, NY

M. Pascu (Biography
M. Pascu

Mihail-Lucian Pascu, PhD., is born in 1946 in Bucharest and is physicist, Senior Scientist at National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, Bucharest where he heads Laser Spectroscopy Group, he founded in 1975. He is Professor at Physics Faculty, University of Bucharest where he heads PhD. His interests are laser physics, tunable lasers, spectroscopy, optofluidics, biophotonics and biomedicine. He published over 200 papers, several book/or book chapters on lasers in biophotonics and biomedicine and presented over 300 communications at international conferences. He was Scientific Officer at European Commission-DG-RTD and European Science Foundation serving COST Office between 2001 and 2006.


Biomedicine and Molecular BioSciences

T. Robak (Biography
T. Robak

Tadeusz Robak MD., Ph.D. is Professor of Hematology at the Medical University of Lodz, Poland. He currently holds the posts of Professor of Hematology at the Medical University of Lodz and Chief of Department of Hematology at the Copernicus Memorial Hospital in Lodz, Poland. The particular research emphasis has been on the application of new drugs in the treatment of leukemia multiple myeloma and lymphoma and interactions of antineoplastic agents. Professor Robak published more than 550 journal articles, 480 abstracts and 25 books and chapters. He received award “Eminent Scientist of the Year 2010” from International Research Promotion Council (IRPC).


Medical University of Lodz

R. Silvestri (Biography
R. Silvestri

Prof. Romano Silvestri obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Rome La Sapienza. Now he's full professor of medicinal chemistry at University La Sapienza and the director of the school of specialization in hospital pharmacy. He's member of the scientific council of Institute Pasteur Italy. His research projects focused on the drug design and synthesis and molecular models of new antitumor, antiviral and endocannabinoid ligands. He developed new procedures for the microwave-assisted synthesis and the highly automated purification of relevant pharmaceutical molecules. He has published more than 135 research articles and 10 patents. is co-inventor of 10 patents.


Sapienza University

C. T. Supuran (Biography
C. T. Supuran

CLAUDIU T. SUPURAN is professor of medicinal chemistry at the Neurofarba Department, Section of Pharmaceutical and Nutriceutical Sciences, University of Florence, Italy. He has published more than 1250 papers, his Hirsch factor is h = 110; the number of citations since 1995 > 49800. His main research interest is on enzyme inhibitors, and especially carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, of which he discovered several new classes in the last years. One of the sulfonamides discovered in his group entered Phase I clinical trials in 2014 for the treatment of advanced, metastatic solid tumors. He is Editor-in-Chief of Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents, Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry, Current Enzyme Inhibition, etc. For the last 25 years the main interest of his research was focused on metallo-enzymes and their modulators of activity. In 2013 he was rated as the most cited scientists in Pharmacology & Toxicology by LabTimes (LabTimes 2013, 5, 38).


University of Florence

S. Tayyab (Biography
S. Tayyab

Saad Tayyab obtained B.Sc. (Hons.) Chemistry (1979), M.Sc. Biochemistry (1981), M.Phil. Biochemistry (1983) and Ph.D. Biochemistry (1987) from Aligarh Muslim University, India. Currently he is working as a Professor of Biochemistry at the Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya, Malaysia since 2004. He has published more than 100 scientific publications in ISI-indexed journals. He has served as the Editorial Board Member of the Bioscience Education e Journal, UK (2008–2011), Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry (2002–2004) and Journal of the Assam Science Society, India (2003–2005). Currently, he is serving as the Editor-in-Chief, Malaysian Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (since 2015), Editorial Board Member of Biochemistry Research International (since 2013), Letters in Drug Design & Discovery (2015), International Journal of Biological Chemistry (since 2008) and Asian Journal of Biochemistry (since 2008).


University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur

W.P. Walters
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc
Cambridge, MA

G.-F. Yang (Biography
G.-F. Yang

Guang-Fu Yang got his Doctor of Philosophy in Pesticide Science from Institute of Element-Organic Chemistry, Nankai University in 1997. After that, he joined in CCNU and became a full professor four years later. He served as the dean of the College of Chemistry of CCNU from 2002 to 2014, and then was promoted to be the Assistant President of Central China Normal University in February 2014. He has over 20 years of working on the area of rational design and syntheses of biologically active small molecules (drug and pesticide) and their chemical biology. He was awarded in 2009 the National foundation for distinguish young scientist from National Nature Science Foundation of China. He has published around 200 peer-reviewed papers, 25 patents and 8 book chapters.


Central China Normal University

J. Baranowska-Kortylewicz (Biography
J. Baranowska-Kortylewicz

Dr. Janina Baranowska-Kortylewicz earned her M.Sc. from the Wrocław University of Technology (Politechnika Wrocławska) and her doctorate from the University of Kentucky. She continued her postgraduate research at the Albert B. Chandler Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. She is currently a professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Radiation Oncology, J. Bruce Henriksen Cancer Research Laboratories. She also directs the UNMC Harry J. Bahr Radiolabeling Facility where under her supervision radioactive drugs and radioimmunoconjugates are prepared for clinical studies. The core of research activities of Dr. Baranowska-Kortylewicz's laboratories is centered on the design, synthesis and evaluation of radioactive drugs for the targeted molecular radiotherapy and non-invasive diagnosis of cancer. Dr. Baranowska-Kortylewicz holds several U.S. and international patents. Recently, the Investigational New Drug application for the use of a radioactive drug discovered and developed in her laboratories was approved. Dr. Baranowska-Kortylewicz is a member of the editorial boards of several international journals and a member of national and international scientific organizations. Her expertise in the development of new radioactive drugs earned her a place in several review panels.


University of Nebraska
Omaha, NE

C. Brenner (Biography
C. Brenner

Catherine Brenner is expert in Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Cell Death. She discovered the cooperation of Bax and ANT in mitochondrial apoptosis and investigated the role of the permeability transition pore, a mitochondrial polyprotein complex, as a target for anti-cancer chemotherapy. Since 2010, her research interests focus on the role of mitochondria in signalisation and cardiac pathophysiology and the search for novel strategies in cardioprotection via an inhibition of cell death.She coordinated several international and national research programs in the field of drug discovery with academic as well as biotech partners (ANR PCV, ANR France-Portugal, Labex LERMIT). As a scientist, she published more than 140 articles, reviews and books. She is currently editor for five journals and reviewer for more than 30 journals.


Université Paris-Sud

J. Campos (Biography
J. Campos

Joaquín Campos Rosa received B. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Granada. He is now full Professor of Medicinal and Organic Chemistry at the Pharmaceutical and Organic Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Granada, Spain. He authored 125 publications in international journals. He has written about twenty books or chapter books. He serves as an official reviewer for more than 20 international journals and other different national and international research agencies. He was supervisor of 13 Doctoral Thesis. He has received regional and national funds to support his work in the organic and medicinal chemistry fields.


Universidad de Granada

S. Cavallaro (Biography
S. Cavallaro

Dr. Sebastiano Cavallaro received a medical degree and specialized in Neurology at the University of Catania (Italy). He also obtained a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology at Georgetown University. He then worked at the NINDS-NIH (USA) and at the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute. Since 1997, Dr. Cavallaro works at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and today directs the Institute of Neurological Sciences, a research center where clinical services and research activities thrive together. His primary research interests include genomics and neurobiology. During his career he supervised and supported the activity of more than 60 students or post-docs, authoring more than 100 publications.


Institute of Neurological Sciences

W.M. Dai (Biography
W.M. Dai

Wei-Min Dai is currently Professor of Chemistry at HKUST. He received a PhD degree from Kyoto University, Japan in 1990, pursued post-doctoral research with Prof. K. C. Nicolaou at Scripps Research Institute at La Jolla during 1990–1992, and then joined HKUST in 1992. Since then, he has focused his research on development of DNA cleavage agents, diversity-oriented synthesis of privileged heterocyclic scaffolds, microwave-assisted organic synthesis, combinatorial synthesis, asymmetric catalysis and enantioselective reactions, diverted total synthesis of complex macrolides, and applications in chemical biology and chemical genetics.


The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong

Q. P. Dou (Biography
Q. P. Dou

Dr. Q. Ping Dou is Professor of Oncology, Pharmacology and Pathology, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI. He obtained his B.S. degree in chemistry from Shandong University in 1981, Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Rutgers University in 1988, and postdoctoral training at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School from 1988 to 1993. Dr. Dou has extensive experience in the fields of molecular targeting, drug discovery, chemoprevention, natural products, proteasome inhibitors, cell cycle and apoptosis, and has published ~222 peer-reviewed research and review articles, many of those in journals of the highest quality.


Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

S.P. Gupta
Meerut Institute of Engineering and Technology

M.W. Holladay
Ambit Biosciences
San Diego, CA

Y. Hu
Zhejiang University

H. Kalász (Biography
H. Kalász

Dr. Kalász is a Senior Scientific Adviser in the Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary. He has several decades of experience in the isolation of natural products, identification of drug binding sites and in studies on pharmacokinetics and drug metabolism.

Dr. Kalász edited 12 books, authored about 250 papers in peer review journals and internationally published books. The topics of his original research papers cover isolation of new, biologically active endogenous compounds, theory and practice of displacement chromatography and HPLC, development of novel instrumentation for analytical and preparative scale separation and distribution of drugs in the body.


Semmelweis University

S.R. Khan (Biography
S.R. Khan

Dr. Khan obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. Currently is senior Scientist at FDA and an Adjunct Professor in the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. He has published more than 60 scientific publications and is a named inventor of 10 issued U.S/international patents.


Baltimore, MD

J. Lee
Seoul National University
South Korea

X. Liu (Biography
X. Liu

Prof. Dr. Xinyong Liu received his B.S. M.S. degrees from School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shandong Medical University. He obtained his Ph.D. from Shandong University. From 1997 to 1999 he worked at Instituto de Quimica Medica (CSIC) in Spain as a senior visiting scholar. Presently, He is the director of Institute of Medicinal Chemistry, Dean of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Shandong University. He currently serves on editor of the “Journal of Chemistry” and on editorial board members of more than 20 academic journals. In his medicinal chemistry research of antiviral and cardiovascular drugs, he has published more than 300 paper and 6 monographs and granted 34 patents presently.


Shandong University

A. Martinez
Instituto Quimica Medica-CSIC

Y. Mizushina
Laboratory of Food & Nutritional Sciences

M. Munoz (Biography
M. Munoz

Dr. Muñoz is M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Seville, Spain. He has published more than 90 scientific publications and 1 patent. He is a reviewer for more than 50 of peer review journals and is director of 42 PhD thesis. His research is focused on SP/NK-1 receptor and NK-1 receptor antagonists in cancer. Currently Dr. Muñoz is principal investigator of the “Research Laboratory in Neuropeptides” (IBIS) Virgen del Rocio University Hospital of Seville, Spain.


Virgen del Rocio University Hospital

Y. Oka (Biography
Y. Oka

Dr. Yoshihiro Oka is a physician scientist, and at present a Specially Appointed Professor of Department of Cancer Immunology, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Japan. He was formerly a Scientific Member of Basel Institute for Immunology, Switzerland, where he studied basic immunology. At Osaka University, Dr. Oka and his colleagues identified cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) epitopes of WT1 protein, which showed that WT1 is a novel cancer antigen. Subsequently, they demonstrated that WT1-targeting immunotherapy, such as WT1 peptide vaccine, has a therapeutic potential for various kinds of malignancies. Dr. Oka’s main interest and research field is cancer immunology and immunotherapy.


Osaka University

B. Pirotte (Biography
B. Pirotte

Bernard Pirotte is a pharmacist by education (Université de Liège, Belgium, 1981). He received the Ph.D. degree in 1989 (Ph.D. thesis in medicinal chemistry) and the Agrégation de l’Enseignement Supérieur degree in 2001 from the same university. He worked as a F.N.R.S. researcher between 1990 and 2002 and became a Professor at the University of Liège in 2002 (currently Full Professor in Medicinal Chemistry). His main fields of interest are the design and synthesis of new ion channel modulators, positive allosteric modulators of ionotropic glutamate receptors, anticancer drugs, innovative approaches in the identification of new drug targets (metabolomics, GPCR deorphanization).


University of Liège

R. Romagnoli (Biography
R. Romagnoli

Romeo Romagnoli was graduated in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology at the University of Ferrara in 1990 and in 1995 he received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. From 1999 to 2014 he has held a position of Assistant Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Ferrara. Actually he is Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Ferrara. His scientific interests have focused on new synthetic methods for the preparation of natural substances or biologically active analogues, the medicinal chemistry of ligands for adenosine receptors subtypes and antitumor agents. He has published more than 230 research papers and 20 international patents.


University of Ferrara

M. Skiba
UFR Médecine & Pharmacie

M. Tacke (Biography
M. Tacke

Dr. Matthias Tacke is an Associate Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland. He has 30 years of experience in research, discovery and teaching. Dr. Tacke is developing metallocenes and metallocarbenes as novel anticancer drugs aiming at difficult to treat forms of cancer like renal-cell cancer and as antibiotics breaking resistance patterns like MRSA. During his career at UCD, Dr. Tacke holds a Ph.D. from WWU Münster and a Habilitation from the Technical University of Karlsruhe. Notably, Dr. Tacke has authored more than 130 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and supervised more than 25 coworkers. Dr. Tacke won the prestigious CESAR Prize 2009 for Translational Anticancer Research for his development of Titanocene Y.


University College Dublin

A. Toninello (Biography
A. Toninello

Prof. Antonio Toninello obtained his degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Padova, Italy. He was Associate Professor at the Faculty of Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences, University of Padova and Italian Member of Cost Actions on Biogenically Active Amines in Food andHealth Implications of Dietary Amines. At present is Senior Scientist of Patavinum Studio at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Padova.

Prof. Toninello is author of more than 150 scientific publications in the most important international biochemical journals .


Università degli Studi di Padova

S.-I. Yamagishi (Biography
S.-I. Yamagishi

Sho-ichi Yamagishi, MD, PhD is Professor and Chairman of Department of Pathophysiology and Therapeutics of Diabetic Vascular Complications, Kurume University School of Medicine, Japan. He has received a PhD from Kanazawa University, Japan in 1993. He received Angiogenesis Stem Cell Award from AHA in 2003, Distinguished Investigator Award from Japan Diabetes Society in 2005, and Research Award from Japanese Society of Anti-Aging Medicine in 2012. He is serving as an editorial board member of reputed journals and published more than 500 research papers, including Nature, JCI, JACC, JASN, Diabetes, Diabetes Care, and FASEB J. His research interest is Diabetes, Cardiology, Aging, Glycation and Oxidative Stress.


Kurume University School of Medicine

Z.J. Yao
Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry

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B. Rizzuti (Biography
B. Rizzuti

Dr. Bruno Rizzuti is a research scientist at the National Research Council of Italy, presently working within the Institute of Nanotechnology. He is a theoretical biophysicist, and received his PhD in Physics from the University of Calabria. His research interests include the study of the folding, binding and aggregation properties of proteins, for applications in nanomedicine and 'in silico' biopharmaceutics. In particular, he is currently involved in several projects focused on computer-aided drug discovery, development, design and selection.


National Council of Research


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