A New Stage

BrazMedChem: A Brief History

The Brazilian Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (BrazMedChem) is a scientific event of international abrangency, which has the main objective of joining Brazilian Medicinal Chemists to the state-of-the-art of the discovery/development of new drugs.

Since the establishment of the Brazilian Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry in 2001 (BrazMedChem2001) under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Carlos Montanari, it has been prone to achieve understanding and gather true information that leads to knowledge.

The second BrazMedChem was held in Rio de Janeiro city, being Prof. Dr. Jose Daniel Figueroa Villar the chair of the event. During this meeting, a set of outstanding researchers in the field was established as a BrazMedChem consulting group with the aim of improving the medicinal chemistry in Brazil.

In 2006, the BrazMedChem was held in Aguas de Sao Pedro-SP, under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Glaucius Oliva. This successful event had a set of renowned international researchers as invited speakers.

BrazMedChem2008 (Porto de Galinhas-PE) had the highest number of participants in the history of the symposium. Prof. Dr. Ivan da Rocha Pitta was the chair of this event that counted with a massive number of researchers from the northeastern region.

A decade of existence was celebrated during the 2010 edition of the meeting in Ouro Preto-MG. Once again, Prof. Dr. Carlos A. Montanari was the chair of the event, which is now one of the most important symposiums in the entire Latin America. The main objectives that led to the birth of this scientific meeting were achieved and reviewed at that time. We wanted to innovate again by offering the first joint DNDi (Drugs for Neglected Diseases)/BrazMedChem Lead Optimization Workshop.

The BrazMedChem2012 was held by the first time in the Southern area, being coordinated by Prof. Dr. Vera Lucia Eifler Lima. This event was another successful case in which a huge number of researchers of this region attended the meeting.

Once again the BrazMedChem was held in the São Paulo State, at the Campos do Jordão Convention Center, in 2014. This meeting was organized by Prof. Dr. Andrei Leitão and it had a new record for the meeting: this edition had the highest number of invited speakers among all events, including 2 workshops and 1 short course. It is worth of mentioning that Prof. Dr. Kurt Wüthrich (2002 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry) gave the opening conference.

The nature of BrazMedChem is multi inter and transdisciplinary. It is confirmed by the rich diversity of speakers and, utterly essential to any scientific event, to all participants. This community is the driving source of the Brazilian medicinal chemistry enhancement.



BrazMedChem: A New Stage

Now, for the first time in its history, the BrazMedChem meeting became an official event of the Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ). The chair of the meeting, Prof. Eliezer J. Barreiro, was chosen by the members of the Medicinal Chemistry Division of SBQ during the 37th Annual Meeting of SBQ in 2014. The 8th Brazilian Symposium on Medicinal Chemistry (BrazMedChem2016) will be held in Armação dos Búzios (Rio de Janeiro State), Brazil, from November 27 to 30, 2016. This city was chosen to assure for all the participants who will attend to BrazMedChem2016 a stay as pleasant as possible. Búzios is a picturesque fishing village, elected one of the 10 most beautiful areas in the world, famous for its unique combination of rustic charm and incredible beauty.

The title of the present edition “New Trends in Medicinal Chemistry” was chosen due to the continuous innovation that accompanies the development of Medicinal Chemistry. This innovation means new paradigms, new approaches, and also new techniques that all medicinal chemists must be aware in order to stay up-to-date with this challenging research area.

As before, the main goal of BrazMedChem2016 is to provide a scientific atmosphere to stimulate the cooperation between scientists from Brazil and abroad. The exchange of experiences and information among researchers is essential to meet the challenges of the medicinal chemistry of the twenty-first century.

The meeting was also thought for the undergraduate and graduate students, the future of medicinal chemistry, and short courses presented by outstanding researchers in the area will be also offered.

The Organizing Committee of BrazMedChem2016 looks forward to welcome you all in Búzios!