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PhysChem FORUM 16


The 16th PhysChem forum draft is announced. The meeting will be held jointly with the UK QSAR and Cheminformatics Group at GlaxoSmithKline in Stevenage, UK on 15th and 16th March 2016. The meeting will start around noon on the 15th and conclude around 5pm on the 16th. The plenary will be delivered by Dr Mike Hann (GSK, Stevenage). Both meetings will offer free registration.

All posters are welcome. A prize will be awarded to the best poster as decided by the committee.

Symposium Welcome Dinner and Keynote Talk

We shall be holding a conference dinner on Tuesday 15th March.


Attendance will only be allowed with prior registration using the registration form, which should be returned to the local organisers.


This will be at the Holiday Inn, Stevenage.


There will be an exhibition during the meeting for commercial organisations offering products of potential interest to attendees.

March 15th 2016

At the Holiday Inn, Stevenage

12.30 - 13.30


13.30 - 13.40


13.40 - 14.20

Charting the unknown - novel targets and oral bioavailability beyond the rule of 5
Jan Kihlberg (Uppsala University)

14.20 - 15.00

The interplay between OATP1B1, BSEP and MRP4 in Drug Induced Liver Injury (DILI)
Patrick Barton (Nottingham University)

15.00 - 15.30

Coffee break and networking

15.30 - 16.10

Which P450: Predicting Which Cytochrome P450 Isoforms are involved in the Metabolism of a Xenobiotic
Rasmus Leth (TBC) (Optibrium)

16.10 - 17.00

Student presentations: Improved Applicability Domain Determination of QSAR Models Using Local Mapping: Reliability-Density Neighbourhood (RDN)
Natalia Aniceto (Medway School of Pharmacy); Max Robinson (Loughborough University)

17.00 - 17.05


18.00 - 18.30

Drinks reception and late registration

18.30 - 19.30

Plenary: Moving beyond Molecular Obesity and the other addictions in drug discovery
Mike Hann (GSK Stevenage)

20.00 - 22.00


March 16th 2016

At GSK Stevenage

8.30 – 9.00

Late registration and poster set-up

9.00 – 9.10

Robin Carr (GSK site head)

9.10 – 9.50

In silico models to estimate a drugs brain penetration likeliness
Susanne Winniwater (AstraZeneca Mölndal)

9.50 – 10.30

Design of a Focussed CNS Screening Library at Takeda
David Livermore (Takeda)

Coffee and Posters

11.00 – 11.40

Measuring drug uptake in cells - from high throughput to imaging Mass Spectrometry
Andy West (GSK)

11.40 – 12.00

DOE for SAR: Design of Experiments for Structure Activity Relationships
Graeme Robb (AstraZeneca)

12.00 – 12.20

Flash posters

12.20 – 13.40

Lunch and posters

13.40 – 14.20

PhysChem Property Prediction from Molecular Theories of Solvation
David Palmer (Strathclyde University)

14.20 – 15.00

Are Agrochemical Compounds really any different to Pharmaceuticals?
Sarah Whalley (Syngenta)

Best poster award, coffee and poster viewing

15.30 – 16.10

Stuck in the membrane with you: The influence of drug- phospholipid interactions on receptor pharmacology
Steve Charlton (University of Nottingham)

16.10 – 16.30

Physicochemical factors controlling drug distribution in the body
Dr Taravat Ghafourian (University of Sussex)

16.30 – 16.50

Smart Structure Design: employing physchem insights in virtual lead optimization
Dr Andrius Sazonovas (ACD/Labs)

16.50 – 17.00

Concluding remarks
PCF and UK-QSAR committee

Travel to the Symposium

Stevenage is well served by trains on the East Coast main line, and has good road links (A1).

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