Newsletter 60: January 2020

Contents include: 21st meeting of the French Peptides and Proteins Group (GFPP), 14th Chemistry & Biology of Peptides Meeting, 9th International Meeting on Antimicrobial Peptides, 25th Polish Peptide Symposium, Peptide Chemistry Day Symposium, Noncanonical Amino Acids: Tools for Biological and Biophysical Investigations, Annual One-Day Meeting on Medicinal Chemistry of KVCV and SRC, The Emil-Fischer Memorial Symposium “What would Emil Fischer do today?”, Jean Rivier (1941-2019), Society Officers, Calendar Download now…

The European Peptide Society invites nominations for EPS Awards 2020

The European Peptide Society (EPS) invites nominations for EPS Awards 2020   The Josef Rudinger Memorial Lecture Award The Josef Rudinger Memorial Lecture Award is presented every two years, during the European Peptide Symposium, in commemoration of Josef Rudinger’s role in the foundation of the European Peptide Symposia and of diverse contributions he made to peptide chemistry. Preference should be given to a candidate with long standing contributions to the field. The Leonidas Zervas Award Continue reading

Predoctoral researcher position @ Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

Predoctoral researcher position @ Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium Topic: Peptide Hydrogels. Hydrogels are part of the modern drug delivery platforms and tissue regeneration. One important route towards slow release drug delivery and ‘soft’ media for cell proliferation involves the encapsulation of therapeutics/cells into hydrogels. At ORGC, short hydrogel‐forming α-peptides (containing unmodified natural amino acids) were developed. Currently, the study of their physicochemical (rheology, IR, CryoTEM) and pharmacological profiles (e.g. cytotoxicity, in vitro and in Continue reading

Elizabeth Schram, In Memoriam

Dear Colleagues, We are shocked and saddened at the news of Dr. Elizabeth Schram death on December 18, 2019. Johan Elgersma, Secretary ESCOM SCIENCE Foundation informed us Mrs. Schram has untimely passed away during her visit to her school in Chennai-India due to a fatal heart attack. Dr. E. Schram was long term cooperator and sponsor of the EPS. The ESCOM Science Publishers B.V., established by Elizabeth and her husband Dr. Bernt L. Schram, was Continue reading

A Report on the Emil-Fischer Memorial Symposium “What would Emil Fischer do today?”

CONFERENCE REPORT The Emil-Fischer Memorial Symposium “What would Emil Fischer do today?” Berlin, Germany, 9 December 2019. Emil Fischer, the great explorer of carbohydrates, peptides, enzymes and nucleosides, died 100 years ago. On December 9th, 2019, scientists in Berlin celebrated his pioneering work and the dawn of a new scientific discipline with a One-Day-Symposium. Eleven speakers from six countries followed the invitation from the conference chairs Oliver Seitz (HU Berlin) and Christian Hackenberger (FMP Berlin Continue reading

Peptide Drugs of the Decade

The approaching end of another decade prompted this short review of peptide drugs that successfully reached the European market from 2010 to the present. The article also gives a comparison of numbers of marketing authorisations granted to peptide drugs in Europe and the US over the last two decades as well as a glimpse of trends in the evolution of peptide drug development. For more please download PDF file. Contributed by Susan J. Tzotzos Susan Continue reading

Two PhD positions available at the Research Group of Peptide Chemistry (Budapest)

Two PhD positions are available at the Research Group of Peptide Chemistry (Budapest, Hungary). Applications are invited for 3-year PhD studentships to be funded by the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. Position 1: BactiVax (anti-Bacterial Innovative Vaccines) is an innovative European Training Network that will provide high-level training in vaccinology to 15 high-achieving, creative Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), and equip them with a wide range of transferrable Continue reading

A Report on the Annual One-Day meeting on Medicinal Chemistry of KVCV and SRC

CONFERENCE REPORT Annual One-Day meeting on Medicinal Chemistry of KVCV and SRC, Peptide Drug Discovery: a Niche Area? Brussels, Belgium, 22 November 2019. The Medicinal Chemistry Divisions of the two Belgian Chemical Societies, the Koninklijke Vlaamse Chemische Vereniging (KVCV) and the Société Royale de Chimie (SRC), organise every year an international one-day symposium with the aim to update participants on selected areas of pharmaceutical research by specialists in their respective field. MedChem 2019 was held Continue reading

“Sweet” Peptides

Naturally occurring glycopeptides (GPs, peptide + sugar) and glycoproteins are crucial players in many biological processes. N- and O-glycosylation is in fact one of the most important post-translational modifications in vivo. Glycoproteins are fundamental in cell-cell communications, recognition of viruses and bacteria by host cells, and tumor progression. Therefore, GPs can be used for emulating glycoprotein epitopes, and as such are recognized as important conjugates for immunostimulation and vaccines. In the drug discovery field, the attachment Continue reading

A Report on the Noncanonical Amino Acids (NcAAs) Symposium

CONFERENCE REPORT Noncanonical amino acids (NcAAs): Tools for biological and biophysical investigations, Paris, France, 21–22 October 2019. On October 21-22, 2019, Sorbonne University hosted the first international symposium which focuses on the emergent use of “Non-Canonical Amino Acids” (ncAAs) in peptide and protein science.  The conference was held in the University of Pierre and Marie Curie campus, Paris. Nearly 100 researchers from France and ten other countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Finland, United Kingdom, Continue reading