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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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September 10, 2011

Conference Travel, With Blogging

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Posted by Derek

I wanted to mention that I'm going to be attending this med-chem symposium in the UK next week, a joint conference of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society for Chemical Industry.

I'll be giving a talk on Tuesday, which will probably be the only one without a single chemical structure in it. They've asked me to talk about the state of drug discovery, which is certainly a topic I've given a lot of thought to. Problem is, everyone else has given a lot of thought to it as well, so the challenge is to come up with something worthwhile to say. I'm dragging in some material from well outside the field, which I think (and hope) is relevant.

Blogging should continue while I'm gone, though. I'll be commenting on some of the things that I hear about at the conference, although I won't be live-blogging anyone's talk or anything. I look forward to meeting some interesting people, and since I've never been to Cambridge (or Oxford, another stop on the trip), that should be worthwhile all by itself. . .

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1. Anonymous on September 10, 2011 12:44 PM writes...

Any chance you could post the slides or a video of the talk for those of us who can't make it?

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2. Joe Loughry on September 10, 2011 1:01 PM writes...

> Any chance you could post the slides or a video...

Seconded! Yes, please.

The closest pub to the science area is either the King's Arms or the Lamb & Flag. Darn it, I wish I could be there, but I just left Oxford on travel yesterday.

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3. Ed on September 10, 2011 1:46 PM writes...

No trip to Cambridge is complete without a punting trip. Be sure to treat yourself!

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4. tuky tuky on September 10, 2011 2:05 PM writes...

I hear that. Talk slides please.

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5. Chris Hansen on September 10, 2011 2:36 PM writes...

If you are spending an evening in London, feel free to email me beforehand and perhaps we can have a drink and a chat.

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6. Chris Hansen on September 10, 2011 2:38 PM writes...

If you are spending an evening in London, feel free to email me beforehand and perhaps we can have a drink and a chat.

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7. pete on September 11, 2011 10:06 PM writes...

"Problem is, everyone else has given a lot of thought to it as well, so the challenge is to come up with something worthwhile to say."

Derek, my humble suggestions (as a guide):

Slide 1: Rodin's "The Thinker"

Slide 2: Diego Rivera's "Man, Controller of The Universe"

Slide 3: Delacroix's " Liberty Leading The People"

Slide 4: Picasso's "Guernica"

Slide 5: Edvard Munch's "The Scream"

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8. Derek Lowe on September 12, 2011 2:32 AM writes...

Got to be room in there somewhere for Peter Blume's "The Rock", you'd think. . .

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9. pete on September 12, 2011 11:59 AM writes...

YES!! Good pick !
(seriously though, Happy Trails...)

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10. abc on September 13, 2011 10:31 AM writes...

Derek, are you talking in Oxford?

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11. small but perfectly formed on September 13, 2011 2:01 PM writes...

" ... never been to Cambridge ... "

Shame upon you, Sir ... shame upon you.

Since you're at Churchill, you must go to 'The Castle' (just around the corner on Castle Hill). One of the finest pubs in Cambridge. Follow it up with a trip to 'The Maharajah' (just across the road) for a curry.

As an American you MUST also take a few quick steps further into the city centre and visit 'The Eagle'. Another lovely old pub ... with the famous Air Force bar at the rear where the combined RAF & USAF pilots wrote their names on the ceiling during WWII before they flew off to destroy Nazi Germany. It's also where Watson and Crick used to drink and allegedly finally elucidated the structure of DNA (the beer must have been pretty special that night) ... and literally just around the corner along Free School Lane is the Cavendish Laboratory where J.J. Thomson discovered the electron.

... as a scientist, you really can't say NO to that !!!

" ... never been to Oxford ... "


Science .. at Oxford ??? It's a wonderful idea ... but it will NEVER catch on !!! ;-)
Tee hee ...

Have fun,

P.S. To Dark Blues ... Only joking, us Cambridge types love you really.

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12. Derek Lowe on September 13, 2011 4:05 PM writes...

SBPF, I actually did have a meal at the Eagle, for just that reason!

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