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Vol. 26 No. 6
November-December 2004

The Project Place | Information about new, current, and complete IUPAC projects and related initiatives
See also www.iupac.org/projects

Practical Studies for Medicinal Chemistry Guidelines

The goal of this new project, which is supported by the IUPACs Chemistry and Human Health Division, is to provide developing countries with a practical textbook on medicinal chemistry. The textbook will take into account the special characteristics and needs of developing countries, such as methods for using natural resources or the difficulty of paying for reagents or other materials. The project is intended to encourage postgraduate research in these countries in the area of new-drug discovery. It is hoped that this research can lead to drugs for forgotten diseases such as Tuberculosis, Malaria, and Chagas that principally affect developing countries and receive little attention from developed countries.

The major output of this project will be a book to be titled Practical Studies for Medicinal Chemistry Students: An Integrating Approach for Developing Countries, which will be made available in print and online. The text will be written in English, but some texts will also be in Spanish and Portuguese when provided by the authors.

The book will integrate information from a variety of disciplines involved in medicinal chemistry, such as organic synthesis, isolation, structural identification, structure-activity relationships, and biological activities. It will be possible to perform the experiments in the book with easily accessible materials, with starting products (natural products from the area, for example, economic reagents), and low-cost instrumentation.
An outline of the book is presented on the project Web page at the address below.

For more information, contact the Task Group Chairman Antonio Monge Vega <cifa@unav.es>.

www.iupac.org/projects/2004/2004-028-1-700.html


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