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Pharmaceuticals 2024 - Recent Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences Towards a Healthy Life

The 20th Anniversary

27–29 Nov 2024, Barcelona, Spain
Abstract Submission Deadline
30th July 2024
Abstract Acceptance Notification
6th September 2024

Early Bird Registration Deadline
9th October 2024
Covering Author Registration Deadline
21st October 2024
Registration Deadline
20th November 2024

Pharmaceuticals, Nucleic Acids-based Platforms, Neurodegeneration, Pain, Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, Bioorganic Molecules, Drug Design
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Welcome from the Chairs

Welcome to Pharmaceuticals 2024, celebrating Pharmaceuticals' 20th anniversary! This meeting will showcase the art of discovering new molecules, their physical properties, and their modes of action in the search for molecular entities that can improve human health and quality of life.

Covering the newest technologies and the research areas of medicinal chemistry, natural products, organic synthesis, radiopharmaceuticals, pharmacology, toxicology, and biomolecular and glycosciences, among others, the meeting will bring together experts to present their latest findings on combating infection, inflammation, pain, and neurodegeneration, to cite some of the relevant topics that will be discussed.

In this meeting, we encourage participation from all areas of pharmaceutical research to highlight recent advances in the field of applied chemistry in the search for novel solutions for the world‘s pharmaceutical needs. We will finally meet in person and will have the opportunity to bring together the younger generation, the experts, and companies to plan science and technology for the future. A roundtable will be organized to start and facilitate further discussions.

We are very pleased to announce that a ceremony is also planned to honor Prof. Jean Jacques Vanden Eynde, former Editor in Chief of Pharmaceuticals (2015-2022), in recognition of his years-long dedication to Pharmaceuticals.

Please receive our warmest invitation to join us in Barcelona from the 27th to the 29th of November this year!

Prof. Dr. Amelia Rauter, Dr. Alfredo Berzal Herranz, and Prof. Dr. Mary Jane Meegan
Pharmaceuticals 2024 Chairs

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Conference Secretariat

Dr. Ana Sanchis
Ms. Raquel Sellés
Dr. Elena González

Event Chairs

Departamento de Química e Bioquímica (DQB) e Centro de Química Estrutural (CQE), Institute of Molecular Sciences, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Prof. Dr. Amélia Pilar Rauter, a full professor, was the founder of the Portuguese Society of Chemistry Carbohydrate Chemistry Group in 1992, and the founder (2001) and leader of the CQB Carbohydrate Chemistry Group—FCUL, a center of excellence of the ESF network Euroglycoforum (2009–2014), and Executive of its Interest Group Glycochemistry. Presently, she is the leader of the CQE Carbohydrate Chemistry Group. Her scientific interests are mainly within the area of organic and biomolecular chemistry. They cover the design and synthesis of new leads based on carbohydrate structures with new mechanisms of action, as well as the isolation and structure elucidation of active principles from plants/marine resources. This research led to the discovery of lead molecules for diabetes, degenerative diseases (Alzheimer´s and Prion diseases, cancer), and infection. Her research falls within the global objective of developing creative and sustainable chemistry for better health.

Department of Molecular Biology, Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina López-Neyra (IPBLN) CSIC, Spain

Alfredo Berzal-Herranz received his PhD in Molecular Biology from the Autonoma University of Madrid (1990). After a short stay in the Department of Microbiology, at the Uppsala University (Sweden), he moved to the Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Vermont (USA), as Postdoctoral Researcher. In 1993 he returned to Granada, Spain, joining the Instituto de Parasitologí¬a y Biomedicina López-Neyra (IPBLN) belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), where he established his own research group and Chair the Department of Molecular Biology. Since April 1997 to November 2005, he was the Deputy Director of the IPBLN-CSIC and Director since November 2005 to March 2014. He has authored over 90 research articles and book chapters and edited 10 special research issues. He serves or has served as Editorial Board Member of more than 15 research journals. His group is currently interested in understanding the structure/function relationship of viral RNA genomes. Pursuing the identification of the molecular mechanisms used by the RNA viruses to store all necessary genetic information and studying the potential use of genomic structural RNA domains as potential antiviral targets. Further, his group is interested in the design and characterization of antiviral RNA molecules.

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Mary J Meegan completed her PhD degree in UCD under the direction of Professor Dervilla Donnelly in the area of natural product chemistry and subsequently carried out postdoctoral research at the University Chemical Laboratory, Cambridge University in the research group of Professor Alan Battersby in the area of porphyrin synthesis and biosynthesis. Following further research periods at University College Dubin and CNRS Gif-sur-Yvette, she was appointed as lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Trinity College Dublin. She has research experience in the School of Pharmacy and and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College in the general area of pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry, with over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers covering topics such as design and synthesis of anticancer drugs, drug impurity profiling, synthetic methods for library design and in vitro screening. She has extensive experience in scientific and technical management having led an active research group, has acted as Head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and as subject area head of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy. Research collaborations have been established within Trinity College with Dr. Niamh O'Boyle (School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences), Dr D Zisterer, Dr D Fayne in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology and also with many European research centres. She is a member of several International Scientific Societies.

Event Committee

Instituto de Química Médica, IQM-CSIC, Spain

María-Jesús Pérez-Pérez is Research Professor at the Medicinal Chemistry Institute belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (IQM, CSIC) in Madrid (Spain). She has been Head of Department and Director of the above mentioned Institute. Her research is mostly devoted to antiviral and antitumor chemotherapy from a medicinal chemistry perspective. She has been working in selective inhibitors against therapeutically-relevant nucleoside processing enzymes (thymidine phosphorylase, nucleoside kinases, etc..) as well as in the design and synthesis of tubulin-binding agents. In the antiviral field, her work has involved the identification and optimization of antivirals against HIV and enterovirus, while her present lines of research are centered in alphavirus (i.e CHIKV) and flavivirus (i.e WNV), combining viral and host-approaches. She has been membered of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Antiviral (ISAR) and of the Spanish Society of Medicinal Chemistry (SEQT)

Centro de Química Estrutural, Institute of Molecular Sciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

M. Matilde Marques holds BS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering and a Habilitation title (D.Sc.) in chemistry from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is currently a full professor at IST, where she teaches organic and medicinal chemistry, and vice-chair of IST’s Scientific Council. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of toxicity induced by environmental and therapeutic xenobiotics, on the development/validation of analytical methodologies for the detection and quantitation of biomarkers of exposure to toxic agents, with emphasis on MS-based methodologies, and on the design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of potential therapeutic agents. She has chaired the Division of Medicinal Chemistry of the Portuguese Chemical Society (2016-2020). She served (2008-2022) on the Editorial Advisory Board for Chemical Research in Toxicology, currently serves on the editorial board of Pharmaceuticals, and has been a member of multiple working groups for the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Gazi University, Türkiye

Prof. Dr. Ilkay Erdogan Orhan holds a Pharmacist degree (1993) from Gazi University (Ankara, Türkiye), 1st M.Sc. degree from the Department of Pharmacognosy at the same Faculty in 1996 with a young scientist scholarship provided by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye and 2nd M.Sc. degree in marine natural product chemistry (1998) at the University of the Ryukyus (Japan) with a Monbusho scholarship. She earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Gazi University (2022). She was the post-doc researcher at Department of Chemistry at the University of Winnipeg (Canada) in 2003 under the NATO-TUBITAK fellowship. She was promoted to Assoc. Prof. position in 2004 and promoted to full professor in 2009. Dr. Orhan was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus (2011-2014) and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Gazi University (2016-2024). She is the author of more than 295 scientific papers listed by SCE, 47 articles in other scientific journals, 24 book chapters, 4 patents (Turkish, US, & EP), 6 patent applications, and 4 books. Her h index is 53 (Web of Science) and 58 (SCOPUS) with over 14500 citations.

Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Prof. Daniela De Vita is working in the field of extraction and isolation of bioactive compounds from plants and lichens, and their analysis by chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques. She is lecturer of Pharmaceutical Botany and Biology, and courses at the Doctoral Programs. She supervised Ph. D., M. Sc. and diploma theses. She is author of more than 70 publications in international journals and communications at national and international congresses.

Department of Biomolecular Sciences, University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Piazza del Rinascimento 6, Urbino Italy

ACADEMIC POSITIONS March 2015 – today. Associate professor (medicinal chemistry) November 1996 – February 2015. Assistant professor (medicinal chemistry) UNIVERSITY STUDIES PhD in Medicinal chemistry – Drug-chemical Department at the University of Bari Master’s Degree in Pharmacy – Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Urbino RESEARCH FIELDS Design, synthesis, structure-activity relationships and pharmacological activity of molecules belonging to various classes of drugs, mainly those interacting with the endo-/paracannabinoid system (CB ligands, FAAH, MGL and NAAA inhibitors), anticancer and antiviral drugs, and glycolipid surfactants. The results, based on collaborations with international and national scientific groups, led also to both international patents and clinical trials. Papers and patents are available on the web page REFEREE ACTIVITY International journals such as Archiv. Pharm., Bioorg. Med. Chem., Biochimie, ChemMedChem, Curr. Drug Targets, Curr. Top. Med. Chem., Drugs Drug Candidates, Eur. J. Med. Chem., Food Chem., Int. J. Mol. Sci., J. Med. Chem., Mar. Drugs, Molecules, Mol. Pharm.

Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Mons, Belgium,
Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Brussels (ULB), Belgium

François Dufrasne graduated as a pharmacist at the Institute of Pharmacy of the ULB in 1996 and doctor of pharmaceutical sciences in 2002. He teaches the design, analysis and mechanism of action of organic drugs. His research focuses on the design and organic synthesis of molecules of therapeutic interest, with a predilection for those that treat cancer and bacterial infections. He is the author of 48 publications in international journals and 2 patents.

University of Reading, UK

Our group uses patch clamp electrophysiology to investigate presynaptic mechanisms in synaptic transmission. In particular, we are interested in modulation of ion channels and G protein-coupled receptor in disease conditions, with work on pain, epilepsy and ataxia. We are also investigating the effect of psychedelic drugs in pain. We investigate molecular determinants of ion channel and receptor modulation in native neurones and recombinant cells and synaptic transmission in mammalian cerebellum and hippocampal brain slices. We have previously investigated plant derived cannabinoids as therapeutic agents.

University of Vigo, Spain

Carmen Terán, PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Santiago de Compostela, is an Associated Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Vigo, Spain, where she is part of the management team of the Department of Organic Chemistry and academic coordinator of Master´s Degree in Chemical Investigation Research and Industrial Chemistry. She has done research stays at the "Istituto di Chimica Farmaceutica e Tecnica Farmaceutica, Universita degli Study of Perugia" and at the "Dipartimento di Scienze Farmaceutiche, Universita di Padova" (Italy) where get involved in different Medicinal Chemistry projects. She has participated in several projects and research contracts at the state or regional level and the University of Vigo being co-author of more than eighty scientific publications in journals indexed in the JCR, several congress communications and some book chapters and patents. Her current research is focused on the development of drugs of heterocyclic structure with potential application in aging-related disorders: Alzheimer´s and Parkinson´s diseases, cardiovascular disorders or cancer.

Foodborne Toxin Detection and Prevention Research Unit, Western Regional Research Center, USDA‐ARS, USA

Jong H. Kim investigates the development of new, highly effective intervention strategies for the control of fungal pathogens, including those producing mycotoxins. The prevention of fungal pathogens is often very difficult since potent antifungal agents for eliminating resistant pathogens are limited. To address this, he validated the use of safe natural products or their derivatives in debilitating fungal defense systems to environmental stressors, identifying fungal antioxidants or cell wall systems as the effective targets of natural products. He also identified multiple factors, such as differences in fungal physiology and species, ingredients in formulations, and the antioxidant and pro-oxidant potential of compounds, that can positively or negatively influence the antifungal or antimycotoxigenic activity of natural products. Dr. Kim’s expertise in antifungal chemosensitization as an intervention strategy is widely recognized by fellow researchers in academia and corporations.

Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany

Dr. Gunnar Dietz is senior lecturer (“Privatdozent”) for neurobiology) at Göttingen University Medical school, Germany, and Senior Manager Global Medical Affairs for one of the largest producers of phytopharmaceuticals. For more than the last 25 years, his major research interests have been in cognitive impairment, dementia, and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Until 2012, her worked at H. Lundbeck A/S in Copenhagen in drug discovery for Parkinson’s and other brain diseases. He did his graduate studies at The Rockefeller University in New York, earning a Ph.D. in developmental neurobiology. Earlier, he studied biology at the Albertus-Magnus-Universität in Cologne, Germany, doing his lab work for his biology Diplom at the Max-Planck-Institute for breeding research.

Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC-UC), Center for Innovative Biomedicine and Biotechnology (CIBB), University of Coimbra (UC), Portugal

C Pereira is Biochemist (1991), Master in Cell Biology (1994) and received, in 2000, a PhD in Cell Biology, UC, Portugal. Presently, she is Principal Investigator with tenure at the Fac. Medicine, UC, and leads a research line at the Cell Signaling and Metabolism group at CNC-UC aimed to clarify the biological basis of neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer disease) and mental illnesses (bipolar disorder and schizophrenia), focusing on the deregulation of cellular stress responses, namely on ER and mitochondria stress and the close ER-mitochondria contacts (MAMs), and to explore novel preventive and therapeutic strategies, especially of natural resources. To address these fundamental questions, both in vitro and in vivo experimental models, as well as human samples (blood are used. She published > 90 peer-reviewed articles, mainly in Q1 journals and the scientific impact of her research is reflected in the high number of citations (~5000) and the H index (39).

Dublin City University, Ireland

Dr Darren Fayne holds a PhD from Dublin City University (DCU) in computational and organic chemistry. He worked for two years at Solvay Pharmaceuticals in Hannover, Germany as a computer-aided drug designer from March 2003. In 2005 Dr Fayne joined the Molecular Design Group in Trinity College Dublin as a Senior Research Fellow. His research focus is the rational computational design of novel small molecular modulators of key disease related proteins. In 2024 he started as an Assistant Professor (above bar) in Computational Chemistry in DCU. In the late 2000’s, he co-founded and served as a director of a rational drug design campus spin-out company to commercialise intellectual property and develop compounds for the treatment of an orphan cancer – malignant pleural mesothelioma. A key aspect of his work forming a bridge between chemistry & biology and utilising computational design methodologies to collaboratively discovery novel small molecules with the potential to treat human disease. To date he has successfully filed two patents, published 49 articles in peer-reviewed journals and one book chapter.

NOVA Medical School - Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal

Raffaella Gozzelino graduated at the University of Parma, Italy, in 2001. She obtained her Master and PhD degrees by the University of Lerida, in 2005 and 2007, respectively. In December 2007, she started her post-doctoral studies at the Gulbenkian Institute of Science, Portugal, where she became staff scientist in 2012. Since 2015, she is a Group Leader at NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal. In 2020, she was appointed as Rector of the Atlantic Technical University and Coordinator of the Sea Campus, in Cape Verde. In 2022, she became Executive Project Coordinator for West Africa by Parley Foundation for the Ocean Portugal, and in 2023 she founded Diáspora Mundi, joining qualified diaspora professionals to provide scientific services in Africa. Raffaella is also: international consultant (WHO); co-Chair of DOTCAN (NGO); Member of the Board of Director of BioIron; Member of 12 International Granting Agencies’ Reviewing Panels; External collaborator (CE3C-Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon); Invited Lecturer; and Academic Editor. Her research was published in 33 international peer-reviewed scientific articles.

University of Louisville, USA

A native of Philadelphia, PA, I received my BA in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, and my PhD in Genetics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I then returned to Philadelphia to do postdoctoral research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where I began to work on antimicrobial peptides. I was a faculty member at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now part of Rutgers University) from 1993-2013, and the University of Florida from 2013-2019. Since then, I have been a professor in the Department of Oral Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, where I study innate immunity and the development of novel antimicrobial agents.

School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering, Keele University, UK

Dr Jóhannes Reynisson FRSC began his academic career at the University of Iceland where he read chemistry (BSc/MSc). His PhD was obtained from the University of Copenhagen in 2000; the research work was carried out at the Risø national laboratory (Denmark) and Georgia Institute of Technology (GA, USA). He spent two and a half years in Germany as a post-doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie, Mülheim and the University of Leipzig. He worked for five years at the Institute of Cancer Research in London as a molecular modeller developing anticancer drug candidates followed by a lectureship at the Nottingham Trent University. For ten years, he was a senior lecturer in computational chemistry and molecular modelling at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Now he is a lecturer in drug discovery at Keele University, United Kingdom.

Department of Health Sciences, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy

Antonio Vassallo is a Professor in Technology, Socioeconomics and Regulation of Medicinal and Health and Wellbeing Products at the Department of Health Sciences, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy. His main field of research deals with studies of the formulation, preparation, and control of synthetic or biologically active compounds isolated from food and medicinal plants in conventional and innovative dosage forms. He isolated and characterized a large number of new natural compounds and evaluated the in vitro and in vivo biological activity of extracts and isolated compounds from studied plants.

Plenary Speakers

CIC bioGUNE, Bizkaia Technology Park, Spain,
Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science, Spain

Breaking the limits in understanding glycan recognition by NMR
Jesús Jiménez-Barbero is Ikerbasque Research Professor and Scientific Director of CIC bioGUNE since 2014. He received his PhD in 1987. He later spent pre- and post-doc stages (1988-1992) at CERMAV-CNRS; Univ Zurich; National Institute for Medical Research, and Carnegie Mellon. Before moving to CIC bioGUNE where he has led its recognition as Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence in 2017 and 2022, he was CSIC Research Professor at CIB-CSIC (2002-14). Previously, he was CSIC tenured (1992-96) and senior scientist (1996-2002), and Visiting Professor at École Normale Supérieure (2004), Sorbonne (2009), Milano Bicocca (2009-12). Now at the University Basque Country since 2016.
Research Keywords

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Director. Department of Biomolecular Systems,
Free University Berlin, Professor. Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Peter H. Seeberger, a chemist, was a tenured professor at MIT and ETH Zurich before becoming director at the Max-Planck Institute in Potsdam in 2009. Since 2021, he is a Vice President of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and since 2023 the Founding Director of the Center for the Transformation of Chemistry (CTC) that received initial funding of €1.25 billion. His research spanning topics from engineering to immunology has been documented in >670 journal articles and >60 patents was recognized with >40 international awards. Peter Seeberger supports open access publishing as the Editor-in-Chief of the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry. He is a co-founder of the Tesfa-Ilg Foundation that works in Ethiopia and nine successful companies.

Institute of Chemistry and Technology of Biobased Systems, Graz University of Technology, Austria

Tanja M. Wrodnigg received her Ph.D. in 1999 at Graz University of Technology in Austria in the field of Glycochemistry supervised by Arnold E. Stütz. From 2001 – 2003 she joined Prof. Stephen Withers at UBS in Vancouver University of British Columbis where she worked on the synthesis for glycosynthases and their biological investigation. Back in Austria she started her independent career at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and in 2008 she received her Habilitation in Organic Chemistry, Glycochemistry. In 2020 Tanja was appointed as full professor for Glycochemistry at Graz University of Technology and established the Institute for Chemistry and Technology of Biobased Systems at TU Graz. Research interest is the design of efficient and concise synthetic approach of biological active glycomimetics, carbohydrate processing enzyme inhibitors, probes for activity based protein profiling, lectin ligands, biological active materials, method development for polysaccharides modification.

Invited Speakers

Laboratório de Química Orgânica e Farmacêutica, Departamento de Ciências, Químicas, Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Centro de Química Estrutural, Institute of Molecular Sciences, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Synthesis of novel D-glucuronamide-based nucleosides and nucleos(t)ide analogs with anticancer and antibacterial potential
Nuno Manuel Xavier received a double PhD degree in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry) from the University of Lisbon and from the National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (2011). He was afterwards a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna and then at Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FCUL). He started his independent career at FCUL in 2014 with an Investigator Starting Grant, stablishing his research lines in the context of Medicinal Chemistry of Nucleos(t)ides. Since 2020 he is Assistant Researcher at Centro de Química Estrutural, FCUL. His research interests encompass the development of structurally novel nucleos(t)ide analogs of potential therapeutic interest.

Senior Staff Researcher - Institute of Parasitology and Biomedicine López Neyra – CSIC, Spain

DNA G-quadruplex ligands as potent anticancer and anti-infective agents
Juan Carlos is Senior Staff Researcher at the Institute of Parasitology and Biomedicine López Neyra (CSIC), and is Founder and Scientific Advisor of Limnopharma, a start-up focused in the development of new therapeutics for ophthalmic diseases. His research started in the bioorganic and food chemistry areas. His laboratory is currently focused on the area of medicinal chemistry working on the design and synthesis of drugs based on phenolic natural products for the treatment of neurodegenerative and retinal degenerative diseases, and on DNA quadruplex ligands as anticancer and anti-infective agents. He is author of more than 100 papers and inventor of 12 patents.

Health Sciences Center, IPPN, Laboratory of Molecular Modeling and Computational Structural Biology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Computational Biophysical Chemistry: Some Applications in Natural Products, Immunology, and Virology.
Professor of Computational Biophysical Chemistry at the Walter Mors Institute of Natural Product, Health Sciences Center of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro,Brazil. B.A in Industrial Chemistry (1992); postgraduate degree (lato sensu) in Economic Engineering and Industrial Management from the Polytechnic School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1995); M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry from the Military Institute of Engineering. Before assuming my (tenured) position as a university professor, I worked as: chemist in Brazilian chemical, and aviation and aerospace component manufacturing companies; postdoctoral scientist at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Research Specialist at The Chem21, Inc., USA; postdoctoral scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, USA; Research Associate at University of British Columbia Department of Medicine, Canada; senior scientist at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil. Scientific interests: Structural Biology; Cancer Immunology; Virology; Organic Chemistry; and Enzyme Catalysis.

Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Multi-Step Domino Reactions: Facile Access to Bioactive Compounds for Life Sciences
Svetlana B. Tsogoeva graduated with Distinction from St. Petersburg State University, where she completed her doctoral thesis supported by Procter & Gamble. After postdoctoral research at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, she joined in July 2000 the Degussa AG Fine Chemicals Division. She was appointed in January 2002 as the first Junior Professor in Germany at the Georg-August-University of Göttingen, and in February 2007, as a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany. Her research spans topics from catalysis to medicinal chemistry. She is an Editorial/Advisory Board Member for ACS Med. Chem. Lett, Pharmaceuticals, Scientific Reports, and ChemPhysChem, and recently, she has been appointed as the new Senior Editor for ACS Central Science.

Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden

Theranostic radiopharmaceuticals in nuclear medicine
Irina Velikyan is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Radiation Sciences, Uppsala University, and a Senior Scientist at PET Centre, Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden. Born in Yerevan, Armenia she graduated from Yerevan State University (Diploma with honours, 1988). She received her PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden (2005). The focus of her scientific activity is development and clinical implementation of positron emission tomography radiopharmaceuticals for molecular diagnostic imaging and quantification as well as bridging molecular imaging and therapy for personalized patient treatment. Irina has over 150 scientific publications, books, book chapters, and patents. She teaches students in nuclear medicine and radiopharmaceutical courses and supervises diploma and PhD studies at Uppsala University. She is a member of editorial boards, editor-in-chief, and manuscript reviewer of radiopharmaceutical sciences related publications.

Lecturer in Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy; University of Reading, UK

Psilocybin can reduce pain-like behaviour in mice and potentiate the effect of gold standard treatment
Maria completed her undergraduate degree in pharmacy at the University Magna Graecia in Italy and then received a studentship from the European Union to conduct a PhD at the University of Calabria studying the involvement of autophagy in rodent models of neuropathic pain. After completing her PhD, she was working as Researcher co-investigator on an MRC grant to test the analgesic properties of novel Botulinum constructs in different models of chronic pain in mice. In 2017 she received the IASP Early Career Research Grant to expand her research on autophagy and pain and in 2019 she was awarded a Rosetrees Trust grant to explore the role of autophagy in chemotherapy-induced pain. In March 2020 she was appointed to a Lectureship in Pharmacology at the University of Reading where her research group focusses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying chronic pain states. In 2022 she was awarded a Springboard Fellowship (Academy of Medical Sciences) to test the analgesic properties of psychedelic drugs in preclinical models of human pain.

University of California San Diego, USA

Honorary Guest

Dr. Jean Jacques Vanden Eynde

Former Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Mons-UMONS, Belgium

Pharmaceuticals: What has happened since 2004?


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  • Badge holders must not allow their badges to be worn by anyone else. Any failure to do so is likely to lead to the badge holder and the person wearing the badge being removed from the premises.
  • Press badges are restricted to publishers, editors, journalists, broadcasters, and web bloggers associated with the conference subject area. Members of the press may be asked to produce accreditation in the form of a photocopy of a recognized press or media card, a business card, a letter from the editor, or an official web address linking to a press release in order to verify their position.
  • Photographs and videos may be taken during the conference. Anyone attending the conference consents to such photography and filming without compensation and confirms that the organizers shall be entitled to use such photographs and videos, which may include photographs and videos of visitors, for the purpose of marketing the conference in the future and for exploitation in any and all media, without liability.

Payment methods

Wire transfer, Credit card

Currencies accepted by this event

Swiss francs (CHF) ,  Euros (EUR) ,  US dollars (USD) ,  Pounds sterling (GBP) ,  Japanese yen (JPY) ,  Canadian dollars (CAD) and Singapore dollars (SGD)

Instructions for Authors


Pharmaceuticals 2024 will accept abstracts only. The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the conference. Moreover, participants will have the opportunity to contribute a full manuscript to a Special Issue related to the conference in the open-access journal Pharmaceuticals.

The conference will be held fully in person; it is not possible to participate online. Please note that abstract submission and conference registration are two separate processes. Please use your institutional email address for both processes.

To present your research at the event
  • Create an account on Sciforum if you do not have one, then click on ‘New Submission’ in the upper-right corner of the window; or, click on ‘Submit Abstract’ at the top of this webpage.
  • Choose a session that is best suited for your research.
  • Submit an abstract in English—the word limits are a minimum of 150 words and a maximum of 300 words.
  • The deadline to submit your abstract is 30 July 2024. You will be notified about its acceptance by 6 September 2024.
  • Upon submission, you can select if you wish to be considered for oral or poster presentation (or both). Following assessment by the Chairs and Scientific Committee, you will be notified by 6 September 2024 whether your contribution has been accepted for oral or poster presentation.
  • Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by any of the authors, denoted as Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. Covering Author registration deadline is 21 October 2024. Your abstract will be withdrawn if your registration is not complete by this date.
Oral presentations
  • Invited talks will be 30 minutes long, including questions (25 minutes oral presentation + 5 minutes Q&A).
  • Short talks will be 15 minutes long, including questions (10 minutes oral presentation + 5 minutes Q&A).
  • Please ensure that your slides are formatted in widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio.
Poster presentations
  • Each presenter will be provided with a vertical poster board. Maximum poster size is limited to A0: 84 x 120 cm / 33 x 47 in (width x height) in the vertical orientation (portrait). Please print your poster prior to the conference. A plan for the poster session will be circulated later.
Publication Opportunities
  • All accepted abstracts will be available online in Open Access form on during and after the conference.
  • Participants of this conference are cordially invited to contribute with a full manuscript to the Special Issue related to the conference in the journal Pharmaceuticals, with a 20% discount on the publication fees. Please note that no other discounts will be applicable.
  • Pharmaceuticals is indexed within SCIE (Web of Science), Scopus, PubMed, and other databases. The 2023 Impact Factor for Pharmaceuticals is 4.3, ranking Q1 (69/354) in “Pharmacology & Pharmacy” and Q2 (20/72) in “Chemistry, Medicinal”.

Venue, Travel and Accommodation



Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia and is Spain's second-largest city, with a population of over one and a half million people.

Located on the northeastern Mediterranean coast of Spain, this city has a rich and diverse history, with its roots dating back to Roman times. The fruitful medieval period established Barcelona's position as the economic and political center of the Western Mediterranean. The city's Gothic Quarter bears witness to the splendor enjoyed by the city from the 13th to the 15th centuries.

The 20th century ushered in widespread urban renewal throughout Barcelona city, culminating in its landmark Eixample district, which showcases some of Barcelona's most distinctive Catalan art-nouveau, or modernista, buildings. The Catalan Antoni Gaudí, one of the most eminent architects, designed buildings such as La Pedrera, the Casa Batlló, and the Sagrada Família church, which have become world-famous landmarks.

In 1992, Barcelona gained international recognition by hosting the Olympic games, which brought about a massive upturn in its tourism industry. 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 the city’s heritage and origins.

Barcelona has 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.

For a complete overview, see or visit

Casa Convalescència
Casa Convalescència is located in a vibrant zone of the city, near Sagrada Familia, with easy access to urban and suburban areas of the city. It is part of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site. Designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, it was built between 1905 and 1930. After housing the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (one of Europe's oldest healthcare centers) for more than eight decades, a restoration project commenced on the old pavilions in 2009. This process has restored the beauty of one of the iconic works of Catalonia's home-grown art nouveau, modernism.


By plane:

The international airport of Barcelona is called Barcelona-El Prat and is located 10 km from the city center. The airport is well connected to airport hubs in Europe and several locations around the world. For more information about the airport and flights, please visit the official website at

Once you get to the airport, you have several options to reach the city center.

To the city center:

  • By shuttle bus: AEROBUS ( This bus connects Barcelona Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) with the city center (Pl. Espanya / Pl. Catalunya) in 35 minutes. It runs every day of the year with departures every 5 minutes and costs EUR 6.75.

  • By train: TRAIN R2 NORD ( This train connects Terminal 2 of the airport with the city center (Barcelona–Passeig de Gràcia). It runs every day of the year with departures every 30 minutes and costs EUR 4.60.

  • By taxi: Taxis just outside the arrival area. The taxi from the airport to the city center (Plaza Catalunya) costs approximately EUR 30–35. Public taxis in Barcelona can charge four types of fares. 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. VTC apps that work in Barcelona are Bolt and Cabify and might offer cheaper rates.

To the conference venue:

  • By train: TRAIN R2 NORD ( You should get off at “Barcelona Sants” station. From there, you can take METRO L5 (get off at Sant Pau | Dos de Maig). Alternatively, you may take a taxi just outside the station. The train from the airport costs EUR 4.60, and the metro costs EUR 2.55. You can buy the tickets at the train station and metro stops, respectively. The taxi from the train station to the conference venue costs about EUR 10.

  • By metro: LINE L9 ( This metro line connects Barcelona Airport (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) with the city (get off at Collblanc). From here, you can take METRO L5 (get off at Sant Pau | Dos de Maig). The metro from the airport costs EUR 5,50 and the city metro EUR 2,55.

  • By taxi: Taxis just outside the arrival area. The taxi from the airport to the conference venue costs approximately EUR 30–35. VTC apps that work in Barcelona are Bolt and Cabify and might offer cheaper rates.

By train:

Barcelona Sants station is Barcelona's largest train station and provides rail services both in and around Barcelona and for the whole of Spain and beyond. For more information about the station and train service, please visit the official website at

Once you get to the station, you have the following options to reach the conference venue:

  • By metro: LINE L5 (

  • By taxi: Taxis just outside the station. The taxi from the station to the conference venue costs about EUR 10.


We want your stay in Barcelona during the conference to be as comfortable as possible. With that in mind, we have agreed on a discount with several hotels to make your choice of accommodations easier. Please book your accommodation online and contact the hotels directly with any issues or requests related to accommodation bookings.

We are delighted to announce that the following hotels will offer a discounted price for all Pharmaceuticals 2024 attendees:

  • Catalonia Hotels: Located a few streets away from the Sagrada Familia, in a central neighbourhood and just 15 minutes on foot from the conference venue. Click here to make a reservation with a 10% discount in one of their three hotels (Atenas, Sagrada Familia and Albeniz) or use the code "CATALONIABCN".

  • Iluion Bel Art: Located by the gardens of Baix Guinardó, just a few streets away from the Sagrada Familia and 15 minutes on foot from the conference venue. Please add the 10% discount code ‘MDPI24’ while making your reservation.

  • Sercotel Roselló: Centrally located, modern, comfortable, with impressive views of the Sagrada Familia and just 15 minutes walking distance from the conference venue. Please add the 5% discount code ‘PHARMA2024’ while making your reservation.

  • The Social Hub Barcelona Poblenou: The Social Hub Barcelona is situated in the lively Poblenou district and welcomes digital nomads, students, and travelers. Its unique community-focused concept merges a boutique hotel, student and extended-stay rooms, a restaurant, a coworking space, a bar, a gym, terraces, solariums, and a Rooftop Bar and pool with panoramic city views. It is 30–35 minutes away (by metro or bus) from the conference venue. Please add the 10% discount code ‘MDPI24’ while making your reservation.

  • Oriente Atiram and Meson Castilla Atiram: Located in Las Ramblas, they have a fantastic central location next to Plaza Catalunya and the famous Boqueria market, 20–25 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, 30–40 minutes away (by metro or bus) from the conference venue.

  • Tres Torres Atiram: Located in the center of one of Barcelona's best residential neighborhoods, next to the distinguished commercial and leisure districts, Diagonal Avenue, it is 30–40 minutes away (by metro or bus) from the conference venue.

    Please add the 10% discount code ‘MDPI24’ while making your reservation in any of the Atiram hotels.

Beware of Unauthorized Registration and Hotel Solicitations

Note that Sciforum is the only official registration platform to register to Pharmaceuticals 2024 and that we are not associated with any hotel agency (other than those listed above). While other hotel resellers and travel agencies may contact you with offers for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with Pharmaceutical 2024 or Sciforum. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.

Gala dinner

We are excited to announce that there will be a Gala Dinner during Pharmaceuticals 2024! The exact date and location of this special event will be provided soon. Stay tuned for further updates and prepare to enjoy an evening of celebration and networking.

Visa Information

Please note that you must apply for your own visa application. MDPI is not responsible for any visa application. However, MDPI can provide a Visa Support Letter. To be eligible for such a document, the criteria below must be fulfilled.

Visa Support Letter

  • Applicants must have paid for registration and submitted an abstract in order to get a letter of support.
  • Applicants must provide us with a scan of their valid, in-date passport that contains a photo of them.
  • Applicants must provide us with an academic CV, two references from their institution (contact information including institutional email and phone), and a letter of support from their institution to confirm that they support the delegate attending the meeting.
  • This must be carried out in good time before the meeting; “last minute” requests will not be processed.
More useful information on visa application

Event Awards

In order to recognize the works presented during the conference in the format of posters and presentations, two awards will be offered to our conference participants, sponsored by the journal Pharmaceuticals. The award winners will be selected by the Chairs and Scientific Committee after evaluation of all selected talks and posters presented at the conference.

We will be offering the following two awards to our conference attendees:

The Awards
Best Oral Presentation Award

Number of Awards Available: 1

Prize: EUR 500

Best Poster Award

Number of Awards Available: 1

Prize: EUR 300

Sponsors and Partners

Find all information on sponsorship opportunities in our Sponsorship Agenda. If you have any questions or wish to discuss options further, please do not hesitate to contact us at

For information regarding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please click here.


Partnering Societies

Media Partners