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Report from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposium


Heterocyclic Chemistry
7th Florida Heterocyclic Conference,
12-15 March 2006, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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by Lisa McElwee-White

The 7th Florida Heterocyclic Conference was held 12-15 March 2006 in Gainesville at the University of Florida, USA. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in an excellent program that included 12 plenary lectures, 18 invited lectures, 3 short courses, and a poster session. Two of the short courses were taught by Gordon Gribble (Dartmouth College) on the applications of lithium and palladium in heterocyclic chemistry, and the third consisted of an introduction to heterocyclic chemistry by Eric Scriven (University of Florida).

Plenary lectures were presented by the following scientists:

· Bruce Ganem, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
· Barry Trost, Stanford University, California, USA
· Richard Taylor, University of York, UK
· Skip Volante, Merck, New Jersey, USA
· William Dolbier, University of Florida, USA
· Bruce Maryanoff, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, USA
· Gregory Fu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
· Manfred Reetz, Max Planck Institute, Germany
· Hishashi Yamamoto, University of Chicago, USA
· Jacob Schwarz, Pfizer, USA
· Thomas Hoye, University of Minnesota, USA
· Alan Katritzky, University of Florida, USA

The 200 attendees included more than 50 research students and academic and industrial research chemists from 22 countries. Heterocyclic compounds are of particular importance to the pharmaceutical industry and so many of the industrial delegates came from this area. The conference attracted a number of commercial exhibitors, including publishers, chemical suppliers, and instrument makers.

Proceeds from the conference are used to support ARKIVOC (Archive for Organic Chemistry), a free peer-reviewed online journal covering all aspects of organic chemistry. The journal is available at <www.arkat-usa.org>.

Lisa McElwee-White is a professor of chemistry at the University of Florida and has just completed her term as Titular Member of the Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division Committee.


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