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Medicinal Chemistry Residential School 2019

2 - 7 June 2019, Loughborough, United Kingdom

The Royal Society of Chemistry Medicinal Chemistry Residential School will cover topics of interest to drug discovery researchers, helping to increase understanding of the factors governing modern drug discovery from the initial concept through to translational science and intellectual property. Established since 1981, our Residential School has trained many of the world’s leading medicinal chemists working in the pharmaceutical industry and academic research institute.

Who should attend?

The school is designed for graduate and post-doctoral chemists with 1-5 years’ experience in the field of drug research. Drug discovery is an interdisciplinary subject so delegates from biological or computational backgrounds will benefit from attendance at the school.
In addition, final year PhD students from pharmaceutical or organic chemistry contemplating a career in drug discovery are also encouraged to attend.


The RSC is keen to encourage and enable as many people as possible to attend our events, to benefit from the networking opportunities and the chance to hear talks from leaders in the field. If you have childcare, caring responsibilities or other care needs, and would like to attend this event, please do get in touch with us to see if there’s anything we can do to help enable you to attend.

Method and Structure

The 2019 Residential School will take place over 5 days and content is delivered by experts in the field from industry and academia. The programme includes lectures focusing on the fundamental principles of drug discovery, hands-on tutorials allowing delegates to put into practice what they have learnt and case histories from previous drug discovery projects. The programme will also include an evening lecture from a distinguished speaker.
Throughout the week course tutors and speakers will be available for informal discussion and there will be plenty of opportunities to network with the broad range of academic and industrial researchers in attendance.


The course includes the following topics:
  • Target Validation
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Biological Mechanisms
  • Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism
  • Screening of New Compounds
  • Patents
  • Molecular Biology in Medicinal Chemistry
  • Exploiting a Chemical Lead
  • Combinatorial Chemistry and Molecular Diversity
  • Case Histories of Drug Discovery
  • Toxicology in Drug Discovery
  • Pharmaceutical Considerations in Drug Development
  • Structure-guided Drug Design
  • Physical Properties and Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships
  • Hints and Tips in Medicinal Chemistry


Abstract Submission
Delegates registering to attend the Medicinal Chemistry Residential School are invited to present their research during the poster session which will be held on the Monday evening (3 June)
This interactive session will provide a chance to view the range of research interests amongst delegates as well as offering ample time to network. If you are interested in showcasing your work at the School, you can submit your abstract during the registration process. The deadline for poster abstracts is 30 April 2019. Poster prizes will be available for the best posters.
Places are reserved on a first come, first served basis, so please register early to guarantee your place.
Tuition fees* including 0% VAT are as follows:
Early Bird
(by 8th April 2019)
(by 6th May 2019)
RSC Members £1550 £1650
Non-Members** £1700 £1800
RSC Student members £470 £570
Student non-members** £520 £620

*Includes attendance at sessions, refreshments and lunch on each full day and Conference Dinner with wine on Thursday 6th June.

** For non-member registrants, affiliate membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry until the end of 2019, the affiliate membership application will be processed and commence once the registrant has attended the event.

Please note that accommodation is not included in the tuition fees - this should be booked separately.

Terms and Conditions for Events run by the Royal Society of Chemistry

We have two types of grants available to attend this meeting:
  • A limited number of non-competitive travel grants of up to £200 are available for PhD students and early career scientists. These are assigned on a first come, first served basis.   Applicants must be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application.
  • Competitive grants of up to £800 are available to assist with international travel expenses for PhD students, postdocs within 10 years of completing their PhD and early career scientists (including technicians and industrialists) within 10 years of leaving full time education. In addition, applicants must be Royal Society of Chemistry members of any level at the time of making their application. 
To take advantage of the competitive grants and many other benefits, become a member. Follow the link on the right hand side to find out more and join today!
Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough University

Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough University, Charnwood, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom

Dinner, bed & breakfast packages at Burleigh Court Conference Centre can be booked when you register for the course. All overnight accommodation for the course will be in en-suite executive standard double rooms (reserved on a single occupancy basis).

The standard accommodation package is for the nights of Monday 3 - Thursday 6 June inclusive, to check out on Friday 7 June. For those arriving on Sunday, an additional dinner, bed and breakfast package is available for the night of Sunday 2 June. 

Accommodation packages include dinner, bed & breakfast, incl 20% VAT.  All accommodation needs to be booked before 8 April 2019. We cannot guarantee availability for accommodation after that date:

Room for 1 night (Sunday 2 June)                                      £123.50
Room for 4 nights (3 June, 4 June, 5 June and 6 June)         £494.00

Please be aware that anyone who chooses to stay elsewhere or books their accommodation directly with Burleigh Court will not be entitled to the evening dinner.

Executive Double Rooms Well-appointed executive double rooms which are all furnished with king size beds, en suite bathroom, a flat screen TV with in-house movie channels, free 400Mbps high speed Wi-Fi network, a study desk, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.

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