Human Health

Chemistry is helping to improve and maintain accessible human health in a changing world.

Human Health

Our Key Activities

Take 1 clapper board

RSC Take 1... minute for chemistry in health

Video competition for young researchers to demonstrate innovative science communication

Pills forming the shape of a question mark

Beating the Superbugs: avoiding an antibiotic apocalypse

Watch our public panel discussion exploring the challenges of fighting antibiotic resistance, which took place on Monday 18 November 2013

Medicinal Chemistry

Chemistry skills for drug discovery

11 April 2013

An RSC position paper describing the changes that have taken place in the drug discovery sector and the challenges this presents

Human Health Policy

A list of RSC policy documents and reports relevant to the Human Health roadmap area

Conferences & Events

The Roche and RSC Chemistry Symposium: leading science for drug discovery

24 October 2013, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Shanghai, China

Chemical Science - CBID Award Symposium

University of Warwick, MS-01, United Kingdom
06 November 2013 13:00 18:00

Chemical Probes

Tools and Strategies to Find Chemical Probes for Your Protein - The Role of Computer-Aided Drug Discovery

15 November 2013, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU

Exchange Fellowship Workshop

9-10 December 2013, Chicheley Hall, Milton Keynes

Forthcoming events on Human Health

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Public Activities

Microchip held in fingertips

A Hospital Lab that Fits in Your Palm

Thursday 5 September 2013, 6.30pm. Professor Jaap den Toonder will lecture on the point of care diagnostics.

Dr John Dixon

Discovery of Brilinta - UK discovery excellence

Dr John Dixon outlines aspects of the discovery of Brilinta.

Public events

Member Networks

Chemistry Biology Interface Division

The CBID is open to all members of the RSC as a society-wide grouping representing the interests of the chemistry-biology interface

Organic Division

Embraces subjects ranging from bio-organic/natural products through organometallics to aspects of organic polymers, natural or man-made.

Biological & Medicinal Chemistry Sector (BMCS)

BMCS aims to further the interests of all members of the RSC, both industrial and academic, involved in the pursuit and understanding of biologically active molecules

All RSC Divisions


Knowledge Transfer Network

Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network

A KTN focusing on innovation across the biosciences [External Site]

Knowledge Transfer Network

HealthTech and Medicines Knowledge Transfer Network

A KTN aiming to accelerate innovation in within the healthcare industry [External link]


Nanoparticles used as biomarkers

Cancer (Nano)technology Special Issue

This collection of papers demonstrates the use of (nano)technology in the diagnosis, imaging and treatment of cancer.

Abstract image of a chemical compound binding to a receptor

Epigenetics Special Issue

A collection of articles in the emerging field of epigenetics research from MedChemComm.

Abstract diagram depicting how organs on chips might become patient specific

Organs on Chips Special Issue

Lab on a Chip and Integrative Biology are delighted to bring you the following collection of articles on organ-on-chip research.

Portable device for detecting toxins in bodily fluids using microfluidics

Point of Care Microfluidics Special Issue

A themed issue of Lab on a Chip covering a range of topics in microfluidics and POC testing

Abstract image of 3D structure of an organic molecule

MedChemComm Blog

Follow updates from our multi-disciplinary MedChemComm journal



Biomedical Imaging

Biomedical Imaging

Copyright: 2011
Martin Braddock

The focus of this new book is for medicinal chemists on the chemical agents that have been used, or might be required in the future, and the methods of synthesis for inserting the reporter groups. A key reference for academics, postgraduates, researchers, industrialists and professionals working in or joining this field.

RSC Drug Discovery Series

A suite of professional reference books to encourage learning in a range of different topics and provide understanding to scientists working outside their own areas of expertise.

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Prizes and Awards

George and Christine Sosnovsky Award in Cancer Therapy

For outstanding accomplishments in the prevention, control and cure of cancers using chemotherapy, including gene and immunotherapy

Norman Heatley Award

To recognise and promote the importance of inter- and multi-disciplinary research between chemistry and the life sciences

Jeremy Knowles Award

To recognise and promote the importance of inter- and multi-disciplinary research between chemistry and the life sciences

Main Prizes and Awards by Subject

Human Health Funding

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Explore the funding available from the BBSRC [External link]

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Find out more about funding from the EPSRC [External link]

Medical Research Council Funding

Find out about funding available through the MRC [External link]

Wellcome Trust Funding

Discover funding opportunities from the Wellcome Trust [External link]

RSC Funding

Related Links

Science Policy in the News

SPIN provides a summary of biomedical science policy news from the Wellcome Trust [External link]