Announcements, Conferences, Meetings

Announcing “Computational Drug Design: A Tribute to Frank Blaney”

June 17-19 2020, The Queen’s University, Belfast, U.K.

The MGMS is pleased to announce our scientific meeting to honor the life and work of Dr Frank Blaney, a well-known computational chemist who worked for many years in the pharmaceutical industry. Frank was a pioneer within the world of molecular modelling, particularly with respect to Drug Discovery. Not only did he contribute greatly to promoting science within academia but also in advancing commercial sectors for Drug Discovery.  Frank was actively involved in the development of approaches to model membrane bound proteins such as GPCRs, ion channels and transporters, and the application of these approaches in drug discovery. Frank was a founding member of the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society (MGMS), and over the years worked in a number of academic and commercial institutions including Oxford University, Queen’s University Belfast, as well as Beecham Pharmaceuticals, GSK and Heptares.

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Announcements, Conferences, Meetings

Announcing the AMMA MM2019 Conference

We are pleased to announce the Australasian chapter of the MGMS, AMMA (the Association of Molecular Modellers of Australasia), is organizing their premier conference on molecular modelling from December 5-8, 2019. It will be held on the beautiful resort island of Bintan (Indonesia), around an hour’s ferry ride from Singapore.

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This is the first time that the MM conference is being hosted in Asia, and it will bring together an international audience at all stages of their careers. It will also feature the award lecture by the 2019 winner of the AMMA Medal. Themes of the conference will include:

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MGMS Big Data Meeting a big success

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:

Prof. Phil Biggin, University of Oxford, & Chair of MGMS talks about the MGMS Early Career Workshop initiative.

YMF 2018 Winners

MGMS Young Modellers’ Forum 2018 was held at University of Greenwich on 30th November 2018.

Winners Talks:

  • Jonathan Shearer (Department of Chemistry/ University of Southampton)
  • Francesca Vianello (Department of Chemistry/ Imperial College London)
  • Timothy Burd (Department of Chemistry/ University of Oxford)

Winners Posters:

  • Joshua Carter (Nuffield Department of Medicine/ University of Oxford)
  • Silvia Amabilino (Department of Chemistry, University of Bristol & NovaData Solutions)

MGMS Lecture Tour, MGMS Prizes

MGMS Silver Jubilee Award

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.

MGMS Chair, Prof. Philip Biggin, presents Dr. David Glowacki with the 10th MGMS Silver Jubilee Award tankard at the MGMS Lecture Tour/CCK-13 at Oxford.


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:

MGMS Silver Jubilee Award Winner Dr David Glowacki demos VR at CCK-13 (Trimmed, 480p, 2)

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.

Announcements, MGMS Prizes

MGMS Lecture Tour: David Glowacki in Oxford

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.

10th MGMS Silver Jubilee Award tankard – David Glowacki

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.