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1st MMCS – Emerging Drug Discovery Approaches against Infectious Diseases

Part of the Molecules Medicinal Chemistry Symposium series
8 Sep 2017, Barcelona, Spain

Antiinfective Agents, Drug Structural Classes, Biological Targets, Resistance Mechanisms
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Welcome from the Chairs

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the 1st Molecules Medicinal Chemistry Symposium (MMCS2017), focused on the topic of emerging drug discovery approaches against infectious diseases. The Symposium will be held at the School of Pharmacy and Food Sciences of the University of Barcelona (Spain) on September 8th, 2017.

The 1st MMCS seeks to gather together experts in the field of medicinal chemistry of anti-infective agents, and aims to provide a forum for discussion regarding novel drug structural classes, therapeutic approaches, biological targets, and resistance mechanisms, which can pave the way for the development of optimized therapies against bacterial, protozoan, viral, and fungal infections.

The Symposium is organized by MDPI, the publisher of the open-access journal Molecules.

I look forward to seeing you in Barcelona.

Best regards,

Prof. Diego Muñoz-Torrero
On behalf of the Organizing Committee

Sponsored By

location8 September 2017

Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, Barcelona, Spain

Conference Awards 500€ (2)

Please feel free to download our MMCS 2017 poster.

Conference Chair

Prof. Diego Muñoz-Torrero
Editor-in-Chief of the Medicinal Chemistry Section in Molecules
Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, University of Barcelona

Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Kelly Chibale
Drug Discovery and Development Centre (H3D)
MRC/UCT Drug Discovery and Development Research Unit
Department of Chemistry and Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Talk: "Cell-Based Medicinal Chemistry Optimization of High-Throughput Screening Hits
towards Orally Active Antimalarial and Antituberculosis agents"

Prof. Maria Laura Bolognesi
Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology
Alma Mater Studiorum
University of Bologna, Italy

Talk: "Sustainable multi-target drugs for neglected tropical diseases caused by
trypanosomatids: dream or reality?"

Prof. John Kelly
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Talk: "Highly sensitive bioluminescence imaging models for Chagas disease drug discovery"

Prof. Jean-Marie Pagès
UMR MD1, Faculty of Pharmacy
Aix-Marseille University, France

Talk: "Intracellular Accumulation of Drugs: Molecular Approach and Imaging
of the Antibiotic Translocation Across Bacterial Envelope

Dr. Benoît Laleu
Medicines for Malaria Venture, Switzerland

Talk: "Current Pipeline of Antimalarial Therapies"

Conference Secretariat

Lucia Russo
Matthias Burkhalter
Jiahua Zhang
Email :
Tel. +34 936397662

Sponsoring Opportunities

For information regarding sponsoring opportunities, please contact Antonio Peteira.
Tel.: + 34 936397662

Conference Chairs

Universitat de Barcelona




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Instructions for Authors

The 1st Molecules Medicinal Chemistry Symposium will accept abstracts only.
The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the conference and will be published in the journal Proceedings. Papers based on the accepted abstracts can be published in the special issue "Emerging drug discovery approaches against infectious diseases".
Please note that abstract submission and conference registration are two separate processes.
To register for the conference, please follow this link.
To present your research at the event
  • Create an account on and follow the procedure to "Submit a New Abstract" in your User Home.
  • Indicate which thematic area is best suited for your research.
  • Submit a 200-word abstract in English.
  • The deadline to submit your abstract is 15 June 2017. You will be notified by 30 June 2017 about the acceptance for poster presentation.
  • Upon submission, you can select if you wish to also be considered for oral presentation. Following assessment by the Chair, you will be notified by 30 June 2017 in a separate email whether your contribution has been accepted for oral presentation.
Poster Information
Maximum poster size limited to 70x100cm, vertical orientation preferred. Please print your poster prior to the conference.
A plan of the poster session will be circulated later on.
Publication Opportunities

Sponsors and Partners



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Conference Venue

The conference will be held at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences of the University of Barcelona, Spain.

How to get there: 



Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and is Spain's second largest city, with a population of over one and half million people (over five million in the whole province).

This city, located on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, has a rich and diverse history, with its roots dating back to Roman times when it was a settlement called ‘Barcino’.

In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games which brought about a massive upturn in its tourism industry.

This had the effect of changing the city in ways that are still felt today, with neighborhoods that were renovated (and in some cases, leveled), updates to the public transportation system, and an intense focus on modern design, that permeates all aspects of life in Barcelona, from public buildings to something as simple as a park bench or an event poster.

For visitors, this has translated into the very modern, yet incredibly old city you see now in the 21st century, where new elements work to both preserve and celebrate both the city’s heritage and origins.

Barcelona is similar to other large cosmopolitan European cities with plenty of outdoor markets, restaurants, shops, museums, and churches. The city is also very walkable, with an extensive and reliable Metro system for more far-flung destinations. The core center of town, focused around the Ciutat Vella ("Old City"), provides many opportunities for enjoyment for those looking to experience the life of Barcelona, while the beaches the city were built to provide locations for sun and relaxation during the long periods of agreeably warm weather.

For a complete overview, see



Travel and Accomodation

Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The city combines modern and historic architecture in a unique way.

You can visit the official website of Barcelona Turisme for further information. Visit Barcelona Turisme for further information about Barcelona

Some reasons to choose Barcelona - More info


We want your stay in Barcelona during the conference to be as good as possible. With that in mind, we have agreed a 10% discount with several hotels to make your accommodation choice a bit easier.

We are delighted to announce that the following three hotels, located a step away from the conference venue, will offer a discounted price for all attendees to the 1st Molecules Medicinal Chemistry Symposium:

  • Hotel Madanis: The Hotel Madanis offers 30 exclusive rooms where care has been taken to the last detail.
  • Hotel Madanis Liceo: Modern design care, excellent connections with all Barcelona, and services designed for your comfort.
  • Apartamentos Madanis: Tourist apartments for 1-5 people, fully equipped, offering guests the possibility to enjoy their visit to Barcelona with all the comforts.

Please add the discount code ‘molecules’ while making your reservation.

Atiram Hotels will also offer 10% discount on room booking:

  • Oriente Atiram, Alba Hotel and Meson Castilla Atiram: Located in Las Ramblas, have a fantastic central location, next to Plaza Catalunya and the famous Boqueria market, 25 minutes away (by metro) from the conference venue.
  • Arenas Atiram: The Arenas Atiram Hotel offers a highly personalized service together with very friendly, elegant facilities, only a few meters away from the conference venue.
  • Tres Torres Atiram: Located in the center of one of the best residential neighborhoods of Barcelona, next to the distinguished commercial and leisure districts Diagonal Avenue, 2 km away from the conference venue.

Please add the discount code ‘MMCS17’ while making your reservation.

To ensure availability, we encourage you to book your accommodation as soon as possible.

Getting to Barcelona

By Plane By Train

Once in Barcelona:

Public Transport (Bus & Metro):
Local Trains:

Public taxis can apply four types of fares in Barcelona. These fares must be visible inside the taxi, and are usually printed on a sticker over the window. Finally, the amount payable must be indicated on the taximeter.

Visa Requirements

Citizens of the EU and the EFTA

Citizens of EU and EFTA countries must present valid personal identification, an ID card or a passport. No visa is required.
Regardless of their citizenship, family members of EU and EFTA citizens must present a valid passport and they must have a specific residence permit from a Schengen country (no visa required). Otherwise a visa must be obtained.

For more information, see

EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

EFTA Countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Schengen Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Citizens of the USA and Canada

A valid passport is required. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

Third-Country Nationals

A valid passport is required and in some cases a visa must be obtained prior to entering Spain. For more information, check

Travel Insurance

Subscription to an insurance plan to protect you from the high costs of illness or accident during your stay in Spain is a prerequisite for obtaining your visa. You should obtain adequate travel, health and accident insurance before you depart from your country. The organizers are not responsible for personal injuries, or loss of, or damage to, private property belonging to the congress participants.

Letter of Invitation

A letter of invitation can be requested during the registration process using the "comments" field. The letter will be sent to you by email once the registration fees has been received. Letters of invitation do not include responsibility of, and, do not imply any financial support from the conference organizers.

Symposium Awards

The sponsor, Molecules, offers two awards to our participants at the Symposium:

1. Best Poster Award (1): 500€.
2. Best Oral Presentation Award (1): 500€

The nominations will be assessed by the Organizing Committee.

Registration Fees

Early Registration (until 15 June 2017)

  • Academic and Student: 50 EUR
  • Non-academic: 100 EUR

Late Registration (from 15 June 2017 to 18 August 2017)

  • Academic and Student: 80 EUR
  • Non-academic: 130 EUR

The registration fee must be paid latest one month after registration and includes attendance of all conference sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks and lunch.

To register later than 18 August 2017 or for onsite registration, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

Cancellation Policy

Participation to the conference is considered final only once the registration fees have been paid. The number of participants is limited, once the number of paid registrations reaches the maximum number of participants, unpaid registrations will be cancelled.

Cancellation of paid registration is possible under the terms listed below:

> 2 months before the conference Full refund but 10 EUR are retained for administration
> 1 month before the conference Refund 50% of the applying fees
> 2 weeks before the conference Refund 25% of the applying fees
< 2 weeks before the conference No refund

Conference Photos


Welcome Message by the conference Chair Prof. Diego Muñoz-Torrero.

Our MDPI colleagues getting ready to welcome the attendees.

Busy time at the registration desk!

Dr. Kelly Chibali and  Dr. Maria Laura Bolognesi's opening talks.

Round of questions and answers.

Time for discussion during the coffee break.

Poster Session.

Afternoon Session.

Closing Remarks and Awards Ceremony

Best Poster Awardee Francesc Rabanal.

Our MDPI Barcelona Conference Team.

We hope to see you all in the next edition!


Conference Schedule

You can now download the conference program and the abstract book of the 1st Molecules Medicinal Chemistry Symposium (MMCS), Barcelona (last update August, 25).

Program Structure – 1st MMCS – 8 September 2017, Barcelona




8:00 – 8:45


8:45 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:45

Chair: Diego Muñoz-Torrero

Kelly Chibale, Cell-based medicinal chemistry optimization of high-throughput screening hits towards orally active antimalarial and antituberculosis agents

9:45 – 10:30

Maria Laura Bolognesi, Sustainable multi-target drugs for neglected tropical diseases caused by trypanosomatids: dream or reality?

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45

Chair: Kelly Chibale

Benoît Laleu, Current pipeline of antimalarial therapies

11:45 – 12:00

Rodolfo Lavilla, Multicomponent reactions with heterocycles: a source of novel scaffolds for antiparasitic and antiviral agents

12:00 – 12:15

Lakindu Samaranayake, Structure guided design of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae topoisomerase I inhibitors

12:15 – 12:30

Caterina Pont, Design of potential antimalarial agents based on a homology model of Plasmodium falciparum glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch & Poster Session


14:00 – 14:45

Chair: Kelly Chibale

John M. Kelly, Highly sensitive bioluminescence imaging models for Chagas disease drug discovery

14:45 – 15:00

Fernando Albericio, Structure–activity relationship of Arg10–teixobactin: A recently discovered antimicrobial peptide

15:00 – 15:15

Andrea Trabocchi, Diversity-oriented synthesis and chemical genetics of peptidomimetics to address lead discovery of anti-infective agents

15:15 – 15:30

Alicia Boto, The search of new antimicrobial agents, by site-selective peptide modification

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 16:45

Chair: Diego Muñoz-Torrero

Jean-Marie Pagès, Antibiotic translocation and membrane barrier: New insights to combat bacterial resistance

16:45 – 17:00

Florenci González Adelantado, Design and synthesis of cysteine protease inhibitors

17:00 – 17:15

Ramon Eritja, Lipid–oligonucleotide conjugates forming G-quadruplex (lipoquads) as potent inhibitors of HIV entry

17:15 – 17:30

Nataliya Sanina, Nitrosyl [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin mimetics as new nitric oxide donating antibacterial agents

17:30 – 17:45

Hazem Sawalha, Cultivated and natural plant flora with antibacterial action collected from Palestine

17:45 – 18:00

Closing remarks & Awards ceremony