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

2019 Best Paper Award Announced

Wiley and the European Peptide Society are pleased to announce the winner of the Journal of Peptide Science Best Paper Award in 2019. Many congratulations to Kishore Thalluri, Binbin Kou, Xu Yang, Alexander N. Zaykov, John P. Mayer, Vasily M. Gelfanov, Fa Liu and Richard D. DiMarchi for their award-winning article ‘Synthesis of relaxin‐2 and insulin‐like peptide 5 enabled by novel tethering and traceless chemical excision’. This paper is free access for a limited period 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

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

Jean Rivier (1941-2019), In Memoriam

The European Peptide Society mourns the passing of Prof. Jean Rivier, a pioneer of peptide research and a dear friend over many years. Jean was a world-class scientist who made fundamental contributions to our field of peptides, as well as a gracious, congenial individual who had significant impact on the careers of many colleagues, including quite a few Europeans. During his peak period of activity Jean was a frequent presence in European peptide-related events, including Continue reading

A Report on the 25th Polish Peptide Symposium

CONFERENCE REPORT 25th Polish Peptide Symposium, Wojanów, Poland, 8-12 September 2019. The history of Polish Peptides Symposia begun in Gdańsk, where the first meeting has been organized by Prof. G. Kupryszewski in 1967. The second Symposium was also organized near Gdańsk by Prof. A. Chimiak. Since then, this conference has become an important, permanent point in the calendar of Polish scientists associated with peptides. Now, after 52 years since the first Symposium, we met for the 25th time Continue reading

A Report on the Peptide Chemistry Day Symposium

CONFERENCE REPORT Peptide Chemistry Day Symposium, Zagreb, Croatia, 19 September 2019. The Peptide Chemistry Day Symposium was held on September 19, 2019 at the University of Zagreb. Members of the organizing and scientific committee were: Dr. sc. Ruža Frkanec, University of Zagreb, president Dr. sc. Andreja Jakas, Ruđer Bošković Institute Dr. sc. Adela Štimac, University of Zagreb Prof. dr. sc. Leo Frkanec, Ruđer Bošković Institute Arijana Mihalić, University of Zagreb, Croatia. The aim of the Continue reading