Leading international photopharmacology figures to meet for symposium in Vic

The symposium will be a meeting place and debate forum for leading researchers and figures in this emerging field, and the organisers hope it will foster synergies and cooperation between centres and researchers, as well as establishing a debate to delineate problems, define solutions, align strategies and consider future developments.

The symposium will include around twenty lectures, three blocks of short presentations and two poster sessions. As well as Ben Feringa of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016 for the design and synthesis of molecular machines alongside Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Fraser Stoddart, the speakers will include Edith C. Glazer of the University of Kentucky, who is working on the development of complex metals such as possible photoactive drugs, and Austria’s Dirk Trauner of the University of New York, who is focused on the application of photopharmacology in neurobiology. One of the main achievements of his team, working with Richard Kramer and Ehud Isacoff, has been to restore sight in blind animals, using drugs that respond to visible light as molecular prostheses.

The symposium will also include the points of view of professionals from areas of influence within photopharmacology, such as doctors, representatives of industrial sectors linked to light (photonics, spectroscopy and optics), molecular therapy (the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology and medical chemistry) and medical devices.

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