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Division of Medicinal Chemistry

Mission

Division Head: Prof. Hiromitsu Takayama (Chiba University)

With the aim of producing creative new pharmaceuticals, the Division of Medicinal Chemistry of the PSJ is planning to promote academic progress relating to medicinal chemistry, and to enhance research into new drug development by offering opportunities for our members to present their research, to exchange knowledge, and to cooperate with related organizations both domestically and internationally. Thereby, we hope to contribute to the development of both the Pharmaceutical Society and the pharmaceutical industry as a whole.

History

  • 1880 Pharmaceutical Society of Japan founded
  • 1982 First Medicinal Chemistry Symposium
  • 1984 First Frontier Seminar for Novel Medicinal Science (So-Yaku Seminar)
  • 1990 Division of Medicinal Chemistry founded
  • 1992 First Interactive Seminar on Novel Medicinal Chemistry (So-Yaku Konwa Kai)
  • 2012 Educational Program started

Members (2017)

Total Membership 1687
   Corporate members 23

Board Members 36
   Industry 18
   Academia 18

Organizing Symposia

Medicinal Chemistry Symposium
The annual meeting of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry.

  • Three-day seminar, generally in the Tokyo or Osaka area, occasionally in other cities
  • Around 600 attendees
  • Invited lectures & plenary lectures
  • General presentations, including oral and poster presentations
  • Award lecture: Breakthrough Award of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry, PSJ
  • Oral presentations by the recipients of the Award for Excellent General Presentation in the Medicinal Chemistry Symposium

Interactive Seminar on Novel Medicinal Chemistry for Young Researchers (So-Yaku Konwa Kai)

Two-day seminar outside Tokyo or Osaka for graduate students in each local area and young researchers from academia and industry.

  • Around 100 attendees, all staying at the same hotel
  • Invited lectures & plenary lectures
  • Poster presentations

Supporting Symposia

Interactive Seminar on Novel Medicinal Sciences (So-Yaku Seminar)
Three-day symposium sponsored by the PSJ, managed primarily by the members of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry.

Contents:

  • Venue: a resort area
  • Attendees: around 200, all staying at the same hotel
  • Invited lectures & plenary lectures
  • Special Lecture by the CEO of a pharmaceutical company
  • Group discussion

International Symposium on Medicinal Sciences
A half-day symposium sponsored by the PSJ as a program of the annual meeting of PSJ, managed primarily by the members of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry.

Contents:

  • Around 200 attendees
  • Invited lectures & plenary lectures
  • Invited poster presentations

Educational Program

A nationwide on-site university lecture program by pharmaceutical industry researchers and managers to educate graduate and undergraduate students about the role of medicinal chemistry in drug development. Managed by professors acting as regional delegates, including a professor from each university.

Contents:

  • Success stories in drug discovery
  • Basic medicinal chemistry
  • New technologies for drug discovery
  • Intellectual property, etc.

Awards

Breakthrough Award of the Division of Medicinal Chemistry, PSJ
Award for the achievement of innovative and breakthrough researches in medicinal chemistry or drug discovery (1 or 2 per year). Includes the invitation to lecture at the Medicinal Chemistry Symposium.

Award for Excellent General Presentation in the Medicinal Chemistry Symposium (5 – 6 awards per year). Includes the invitation to make an oral presentation at the next Medicinal Chemistry Symposium, as well as publication of an article in the MEDCHEM NEWS.

Publications

MEDCHEM NEWS
Four issues per year, with 50 – 60 pages, written primarily in Japanese

Contents:

  • Topics in medicinal chemistry and drug discoveries
  • R&D in the pharmaceutical and bio-venture industries
  • Essays from prominent scientists
  • Round table discussion of some topics

International Collaborations

  • AFMC (Asian Federation of Medicinal Chemistry)
  • FIP (International Pharmaceutical Federation)
  • PSWC (Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress)
  • AAPS (American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists)
  • DPhG (Deutsche Pharmazeutische Gesellschaft)
  • PSK (Pharmaceutical Society of Korea)