The recent MGMS Big Ideas for Big Data in Drug Discovery Meeting took place at the School of Pharmacy, UCL in London, and was a big success. A big thank you to MGMS Member Dr Ewa Chudyk from Vertex Pharmaceuticals for organizing it; to Dr. Shozeb Haider for hosting us; and our many sponsors for helping to make it possible. Ewa will post an update soon: in the meantime, here is a picture of our Chair, Prof. Phil Biggin, advertising our new MGMS Early Career Workshop Initiative:
MGMS Young Modellers’ Forum 2018 was held at University of Greenwich on 30th November 2018.
- Jonathan Shearer (Department of Chemistry/ University of Southampton)
- Francesca Vianello (Department of Chemistry/ Imperial College London)
- Timothy Burd (Department of Chemistry/ University of Oxford)
- Joshua Carter (Nuffield Department of Medicine/ University of Oxford)
- Silvia Amabilino (Department of Chemistry, University of Bristol & NovaData Solutions)
It is with great sadness that the MGMS announces the passing of Prof. Anton “Tony” Hopfinger. He was a pioneer in the field of molecular modeling and cheminformatics, particularly known for Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSAR) and Quantitative Structure-Property Relationships (QSPR).
It was with great pleasure that the Chair of the MGMS, Prof. Philip Biggin, presented the 10th MGMS Silver Jubilee Award to Dr David Glowacki, from the University of Bristol. David was in Oxford as part of his MGMS Lecture Tour, and a jointly held with Comp Chem Kitchen and CCK-13.
David also demonstrated his VR system with a molecular dynamics engine using the MMFF94 force field and two buckyballs that could be independently and simultaneously manipulated by two people:
Thankfully, no one threw up, fell over, or tripped off the stage! And everyone who tried it was impressed at how easy it was to manipulate the molecules and interact with the simulation.
We are very pleased to announce Dr David Glowacki from the University of Bristol will be visiting Oxford as part of his MGMS Lecture Tour. He will be talking and giving live demonstrations of his molecular virtual reality system. He will also be presented with his MGMS Silver Jubilee Award.
David’s talk and demo will be held in collaboration with the next “Comp Chem Kitchen”, CCK-13, at 5-6 pm on Thursday, November 29th, 2018, in the Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Statistics, 24-29 St Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LB.
You can read more about David’s work in The New York Times.
If you’re curious and would like to try out molecular VR, please come along!
Free tickets are available, and refreshments will be provided, including beer.
Congratulations once again to our latest, 10th Silver Jubilee Award winner, Dr David Glowacki. He was just featured in The New York Times:
The MGMS heartily congratulates one of the co-founders of the MGMS and a pioneer of computational chemistry, Prof. W. Graham Richards who has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
More information can be found on the Royal Society’s website: https://royalsociety.org/people/graham-richards-13838/
We are pleased to offer our congratulations to honorary and founder member of the MGMS, Professor W. Graham Richards who will receive the 2018 Richard J. Bolte Sr. Award for Supporting Industries on Heritage Day on May 9, 2018.
Prof. Richards was a pioneer of the field, being part of the first generation of researchers to use computers as part of chemical research, particularly in the context of pharmaceuticals. He had a long and distinguished career at the University of Oxford, including a stint as Chairman and confounded its first spin-off – Oxford Molecular. He also helped set up the University’s technology transfer company, Oxford University Innovation. He was one of the first to harness computer idle time to search for compounds that might be used to treat cancer and anthrax. In 2001 he founded Oxford Drug Design (formerly InhibOx) and continues to serve as Chairman.
More information on the award can be found here :-