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May 2017

Wed 24
DD6 Toxicity and Drug Safety [Full] 13:00 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Drug safety remains the primary cause of compound attrition when developing new medicines and consequently the ability to understand and predict toxicity is regarded as high priority within the pharmaceutical sector. This lecture will describe some common safety liabilities and ongoing work to build a greater understanding of the relationships between chemical structure and toxicity risk that are being harnessed to guide the design of safer compounds

Dr R Ian Storer - AstraZeneca

Thu 25
AthenaSWAN Event new [Places] 12:30 - 14:00 Todd-Hamied

Following our recent straw poll on how members of the Department would like to meet up and discuss issues relating to gender equality in our Department, this mixed gender meeting invites you to come and contribute to a discussion session over lunch.

The questions and issues to be discussed will be generated through people filling out this Anonymous Survey and all ideas/suggestions produced during the meeting will be taken to the AthenaSWAN Committee for discussion, potential approval and implementation.

Fri 26
DD7 Kinase Inhibitor Case Studies [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Kinase drug discovery remains to be an area of significant and growing interest across academia and in the pharmaceutical industry - there are approximately 30 FDA approved small molecule inhibitors which target kinases, half of which were approved in the last 3 years. This lecture will give an insight into the medicinal chemistry story behind one clinical candidate and 2 marketed drugs. Crystal structures will be used to explain general principles behind designing for kinase inhibition, and some more advanced topics will be covered such as prodrugs, covalent inhibition and consideration of mutation status in drug discovery

Dr F Goldberg - AstraZeneca

All you need to know about Data Management Plans new [Places] 14:00 - 16:00 Todd-Hamied

Are you a post-doc applying for grants? Do you need to write a Data Management Plan as part of your grant application but don't know how? Are you a post-doc who is just interested in learning about writing data management plans? If so, this session is for you.

During this session you will learn everything you need to know about data management plans:

  • What they are
  • Why they are suddenly required as part of grant applications
  • What to include in data management plans
  • Tools to help writing data management plans

Refreshments will be provided (tea, coffee, and biscuits).

Wed 31
DD8 Agrochemical Discovery [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Todd-Hamied

As the world population continues to grow, so does the need to increase global food production sustainably with limited resources. Agrochemicals, in the form of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, provide an important tool for farmers to combat the weeds, fungi and insect pests that target their crops and help to ensure reliable yields and quality produce. Resistance, emerging pests, abiotic stress and regulatory pressure all drive an ongoing search for new and more innovative crop protection products. This lecture will outline the process used to discover new agrochemicals, from lead generation through to development. It will show the critical roles that chemistry, biology and human & environmental safety play, illustrated with a number of recent examples.

Dr Steve Smith - Syngenta

June 2017

Fri 2
DD9 Process Chemistry [Places] 13:30 - 16:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Two complementary lectures, between which tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided for all participants, industry experts on process chemistry from GSK and Syngenta will share their experiences and challenges gathered over many years of experience

Mon 5
FS18 MPhil Thesis Submission and the viva Experience new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Submission of an MPhil thesis can seem to be a daunting experience, from constructing it to submitting and then being examined, with one of those examiners coming from an external institution. In this session, Marie Dixon (Degree Committee Office, School of Physical Sciences), Rachel MacDonald and Deborah Longbottom will talk through all aspects of procedure regarding thesis submission and answer any questions students wish to pose. Students who were recently examined, as well as members of academic staff who carry out MPhil vivas will also be there to talk about the reality of the process from all perspectives.

Tue 6
FS21 Your Training Record new [Places] 13:00 - 14:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

If you are not sure what the Training Record is for, why it is a good idea to use it (as well as filling it in because you need to submit it alongside your first year report) and why it is now an excel spreadsheet and not a paper log book with a blue cover (as all the previous years were issued with), please come to this session. Deborah will give a brief talk and background to these things and answer questions from attendees for the remainder of the time.

Wed 7
FS19 Writing Up Wednesdays [Open] 15:00 - 15:30 U203

Three drop-in sessions will be held in the direct run up to first year report submission, in order primarily to provide students with the opportunity to come and ask questions about any aspect of the first year report submission process that is not clear to them. However, any student with any query is welcome to turn up and see a combination of at least two of those listed above: we will endeavor to help you with anything you ask us about.

Thu 8
FS17 PhD Thesis Submission and the viva Experience new [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

Submission of the PhD thesis can seem to be a daunting experience, from constructing it to submitting and then being examined, with one of those examiners coming from an external institution. In this session, Marie Dixon (Degree Committee Office, School of Physical Sciences), Rachel MacDonald and Deborah Longbottom will talk through all aspects of procedure regarding thesis submission and answer any questions students wish to pose. Students who were recently examined, as well as members of academic staff who carry out PhD vivas will also be there to talk about the reality of the process from all perspectives

Mon 12
DD10 Process Chemistry Workshops (1 of 2) [Places] 11:00 - 14:30 Todd-Hamied

In these sessions, Dr. Mukund S. Chorghade will discuss the pivotal role played by Process Chemistry / Route Selection in the progress of a drug from conception to commercialization. The medicinal chemistry routes for synthesis are usually low yielding and are fraught with capricious reactions, cryogenic temperatures, tedious chromatography and problems in scale-up to multi-kilo and multi-ton levels. Considerable research efforts have to be expended in developing novel, cost efficacious and scalable processes and seamlessly transferring these technologies to manufacturing operations. These principles will be exemplified by process development case studies on a variety of pharmaceutical moieties such as anti-epileptic and an anti-asthma drugs

Tue 13
DD10 Process Chemistry Workshops (2 of 2) [Places] 11:00 - 14:30 Todd-Hamied

In these sessions, Dr. Mukund S. Chorghade will discuss the pivotal role played by Process Chemistry / Route Selection in the progress of a drug from conception to commercialization. The medicinal chemistry routes for synthesis are usually low yielding and are fraught with capricious reactions, cryogenic temperatures, tedious chromatography and problems in scale-up to multi-kilo and multi-ton levels. Considerable research efforts have to be expended in developing novel, cost efficacious and scalable processes and seamlessly transferring these technologies to manufacturing operations. These principles will be exemplified by process development case studies on a variety of pharmaceutical moieties such as anti-epileptic and an anti-asthma drugs

Wed 14
FS19 Writing Up Wednesdays [Open] 15:00 - 15:30 U203

Three drop-in sessions will be held in the direct run up to first year report submission, in order primarily to provide students with the opportunity to come and ask questions about any aspect of the first year report submission process that is not clear to them. However, any student with any query is welcome to turn up and see a combination of at least two of those listed above: we will endeavor to help you with anything you ask us about.

Fri 16
FS20 Graduate Student Leadership Course new [Places] 09:30 - 16:00 Todd-Hamied

A one day course that explores the considerable research that has been done into leadership and the ways to develop individual leadership skills. The challenges of leadership will be discussed and participants will gain an appreciation of effective leadership behaviour, as well as being given the opportunity to discuss and develop their own approaches to being a leader.

The Course Leader is Roger Sutherland, previously an HR Director for Mars Incorporated, and highly experienced in running courses for senior universities and companies

Wed 21
FS19 Writing Up Wednesdays [Open] 15:00 - 15:30 U203

Three drop-in sessions will be held in the direct run up to first year report submission, in order primarily to provide students with the opportunity to come and ask questions about any aspect of the first year report submission process that is not clear to them. However, any student with any query is welcome to turn up and see a combination of at least two of those listed above: we will endeavor to help you with anything you ask us about.

July 2017

Tue 4
AO1 Molecular Orbitals in Organic Chemistry new (1 of 4) [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

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Thu 6
AO1 Molecular Orbitals in Organic Chemistry new (2 of 4) [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

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Tue 11
AO1 Molecular Orbitals in Organic Chemistry new (3 of 4) [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

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Thu 13
AO1 Molecular Orbitals in Organic Chemistry new (4 of 4) [Places] 12:00 - 13:00 Unilever Lecture Theatre

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