9th Course : X-Ray Crystallography and Drug Design: Current Perspectives

21 March to 1 April 1983


Director : Alan S. Horn, Groningen

Purpose of the Course

It is more than sixty years since the discovery of the X ray diffraction by crystals, and crystallography has since established an ever widening sphere of influence in science. The solving of crystal structure has had an increasing impact in many fields - for example physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, medicine, metallurgy, mineralogy and geology.

Postgraduate courses at the "Ettore Majorana" Centre for Scientific Culture periodically review the advancement of crystallography. They usually concentrate onm interdisciplinary frotier topics. This course has a doublr purpose. On the one hand it will provide a review of the fundamentals and the application of crystallography, for pharmacologists and medical chemists and on the other an evaluation of the present state of our knowledge of receptors and drug-binding, for crystallographers. In addition, it is hoped that this exchange of viewpoints will lead to a better understanding of each other goals and to a closer collaboration between the two groups.

Topics (scientific sequence) and LECTURERS (alphabetic)

Introductory X Ray Crystallography F. ARCAMONE, Farmitalia, Milan, Italy
Crystal forces V. AUSTEL, Thomae, Biberach, F. R. Germany
Host-guest complexes C.R. BEDDELL, Welcome Laboratories, UK
Receptors J. BERNSTEIN, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Drug-receptor binding forces C. BLAKE, University of Oxford, UK
Drugs and nucleic acids T.L. BLUNDELL, Birkbeck College, London, UK
alpha-Helix dipole and electrostatic interactions M. BRUFANI, University of Rome, Italy
Dihydrofolate reductase inhibitors A: CAMERMAN, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, USA
Haemoglobin S.F. CAMPBELL, Pfizer Research, Kent, UK
Prealbumine hormone complexes C. DE RANTER, Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Influenza virus haemagglutinin W.L. DUAX, Medical Foundation, Buffalo, USA
Rigid drug analogues P. GOODFORD, University of Oxford, UK
Folic acid D.R.H. GOURLEY, E.Virginia Medical School, USA
Polypeptide hormones P. GUND, Merck, Sharp and Dohme, USA
Steroids T.A. HAMOR, University of Birmingham, UK
Benzomorphanes W. HOL, University Groningen, Netherlands
Benzodiazepines A.S. HORN, University Groningen, Netherlands
Neuromuscolar blockers G. MARSHALL, University Washington, Seattle, USA
Chemioterapeutic agents H. MERZ, Boehringer Ingelheim, F.R. Germany
Drug conformation S. NEIDLE, University of London, UK
Drug development G. RICHARDS, University of Oxford, UK
Conformational analysis D. SAVAGE, Organon, UK
Molecular modeling J. TOLLENAERE, Janssens Pharmaceuticals, Belgium
Computers in drug design K.N. TRUBLOOD, UCLA, USA
  I.A. WILSON, Harvard University, USA


Extracted from the orange announcement on Jan 3, 2008

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