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PhysChem FORUM 7

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The Physchem Forum Committee are pleased to announce our seventh Physical Chemistry Symposium to be held at AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, Cheshire, UK on Wednesday 30th September 2009.


The programme will comprise a mixture of presentations and posters with ample opportunity dedicated to questions.


All posters are welcome but presentations are reserved for non-commercial work.

A prize, kindly sponsored by Sirius Analytical will be awarded to the best poster as decided by the committee.

  • The poster prize was won by Lee Hyde and Salvador Tomas of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London for their poster titled 'A Versatile HPLC Methodology for the Measurement of Drug-Membrane Interactions'.

Symposium Welcome Dinner

We shall be holding a 'Welcome Dinner', including a key-note presentation by Professor David E Leahy (Molecular Informatics Group, University of Newcastle) at the Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow, on the 29th of September (the evening before the symposium).

Fifty rooms have been reserved at the Stannelylands for delegates. If you wish for a room to be allocated to you please advise us of this on registration, a booking will then be made on your behalf.

Please note the cost of the pre-conference dinner is £29.50 (excluding drinks) and this will need to be paid along with the delegate room rate of (£90 including breakfast) at check out.
A coach transfer to the Astrazeneca site on the morning of 30th September will be provided.


There is no charge for this meeting. Attendance will only be allowed with prior registration.

To register for PhysChem FORUM 7 please download the registration form (PCF7RegistrationForm.doc) and forward to using PCF7 registration in the subject heading.

The deadline for registration is 7th September 2009. Hotel bookings will not be placed after this date.

Welcome Dinner, Tuesday 29th September 2009

At the Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow, Cheshire, UK.

18.00 – 19.00

Welcome drink and registration

19.00 - 19.45

From Hammett to the Semantic Web. Evolution of Predictive Methods
Professor David Leahy, Molecular Informatics Group, University of Newcastle

Physical Organic Chemistry works well when experiment and prediction are tightly coupled and methods for predicting the properties of molecules from chemical structure have changed significantly over the last 30 years. The talk presents current research interests in prediction, exploiting modern information systems compared to classical approaches.


Symposium Dinner

Symposium Programme, Wednesday 30th September 2009

At AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, Cheshire, UK

Morning session - Chair: Nicola Colclough, AstraZeneca Alderley Park

9.00 – 9.25

Dr Andy Barker, Chemistry Director, AstraZeneca

9.30 – 10.10

Chemical Reactivity and Stability in Drug Discovery
Dr Linette Ruston, AstraZeneca Alderley Park

10.10 – 10.50

Configurational Stability of Chiral Compounds
Dr Niek Buurma, University of Cardiff

10.50 – 11.20

Coffee & Poster session

11.20 – 12.00

Oxidative and metabolic stability of drugs: assessment by a novel Electroactive Pharmaceutical Screening System
Dr Iwo Gatlik, Gatlik Ltd, Basel, Switzerland

12.00 - 13.30

Lunch & Poster session

Afternoon session - Chair: Toni Llinas, AstraZeneca Mölndal

13.30 – 14.10

Learning from the solubility challenge
Dr Jonathan Goodman, University of Cambridge

14.10 – 14.50

Crystal nucleation of poorly soluble drugs in aqueous solutions
Dr Lennart Lindfors, AstraZeneca Mölndal

14.50 – 15.10

Coffee & Poster session
Poster prize presentation

15.10 – 15.50

Formulation Approaches for Poorly Soluble Compounds
Dr Simon Pegg, Pfizer Sandwich

15.50 – 16.30

Supersaturation effects in solubility enhancing excipients and biorelevant media
Karl Box, Sirius Analytical


Close of meeting and departure

Travel to the Symposium

Welcome Dinner, Tuesday 29th September 2009

At the Stanneylands Hotel, Wilmslow.

Directions to the hotel can be found at their website

Main Symposium Wednesday 30th September 2009

At the Alderley Park Conference Centre, AstraZeneca, Cheshire

Directions to the site can be found here (alderley-directions.pdf ).
Please use the Church Lodge entrance for the conference centre.


AstraZeneca, the host company, for providing the venue and catering on the day of the symposium and the provision of coach transport from the Stanneylands Hotel to the AstraZeneca site for the symposium meeting.

Sirius Analytical who have kindly offered to provide a prize for the best poster (as judged by the committee).

Heath Scientific for sponsoring the wine for the Symposium Dinner.

Advanced Chemistry Development, Inc. for sponsoring tea breaks.
Bruker Corporation for sponsoring the welcome drinks reception.

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