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The 23rd Nagoya Medal Award lectures

The 23rd Nagoya Medal of Organic Chemistry

Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University

The Nagoya Medal Award was initially proposed by Professor Hisashi Yamamoto and Professor Ryoji Noyori, and founded in 1995 with Professor Noyori as the president through the financial support of the MSD Life Science Foundation (Banyu). The Nagoya Gold Medal has been awarded every year to an organic chemist who has made significant original contributions to the field in its broadest sense. The first medal was presented to Professor Yoshito Kishi, and many eminent scientists have come to give lectures, including recipients of the Goto Memorial Lectureship started earlier. The Silver Medal, established in 1999, has been awarded every year to a front-runner based in Japan, whose research has a major impact on the field of synthetic organic chemistry. The medals are designed in the shape of a sword guard, an idea proposed by Professors Yamamoto and Noyori. The flowers on the surface are lilies, which are the city flower of Nagoya City, and have the meaning of "a kind heart and competitiveness". At the award lectures, the recipients are asked to talk not only about the profundity of their unique chemistry, but also the in-depth philosophy behind it, encouraging young chemists and students. This year, the Gold Medal will be presented to Professor E. W. "Bert" Meijer (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands), and the Silver Medal will be presented to Professor Hiroaki Suga (The University of Tokyo, Japan). The award winners will give lectures on Friday, December 22, 2017 at the Noyori Conference Hall of Nagoya University in Japan.

Gold Medalist: Professor E. W. "Bert" Meijer (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)

Professor E. W. "Bert" Meijer is a Distinguished University Professor in Molecular Sciences, Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology and scientific director of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems. After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Groningen, he worked for 10 years in industry (Philips and DSM). In 1991, he was appointed in Eindhoven and in the meantime, he has held part-time positions in Nijmegen and Santa Barbara, CA. Bert Meijer is a member of many editorial advisory boards, including Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Bert Meijer has received a number of awards, including the Spinoza Award in 2001, the ACS Award for Polymer Chemistry in 2006, the AkzoNobel Science Award 2010, the International Award of the Society of Polymer Science Japan in 2011, the Cope Scholar Award of the ACS in 2012, and the Prelog medal in 2014. He is a member of a number of academies and societies, including the Royal Netherlands Academy of Science, where he is appointed to Academy Professor in 2014.

The considerable academic and scientific influence of Meijer (1955) is apparent from the number of scientific citations of his work: a total of more than 65,000 citations and nine of his academic publications have been cited more than a thousand times. Six of these publications concern the field of supramolecular polymers, an area in which Meijer is one of the founding fathers.

Award Lectures:

1. "From Groningen to Eindhoven - a personal journey"
2. "The non-covalent synthesis of functional supramolecular systems"
3. "The amplification of supramolecular chirality"

Group HP: http://www.meijerlab.nl/

Silver Medalist: Professor Hiroaki Suga (The University of Tokyo, Japan)

Professor Hiroaki Suga is a Professor of the Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science in the University of Tokyo. He received his Bachelor of Engineering (1986) and Master of Engineering (1989) from Okayama University, and Ph.D. in Chemistry (1994) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After three years of post-doctoral work in the Massachusetts General Hospital, he was appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry in the State University of New York at Buffalo (1997) and promoted to the tenured Associate Professor (2002). In 2003, he moved to the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in the University of Tokyo as an Associate Professor, and soon after he was promoted to Full Professor. In 2010, he changed his affiliation to the Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science. His research interests are in the field of bioorganic chemistry, chemical biology and biotechnology related to RNA, translation, peptides, and natural products. He is the recipient of the Akabori Memorial Award 2014 (Japanese Peptide Society), Max-Bergmann Gold Medal 2016 (German Peptide Society), and other honors. He is also a founder of PeptiDream Inc. Tokyo, a publicly tr

"Revolutionizing the discovery process of bioactive peptides"

Group HP: https://www.chem.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/users/bioorg/English/index.html

Event Details:

Date: Friday, December 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 -18:00
Venue: Noyori Conference Hall, Nagoya University, Japan

URL: http://www.msd-life-science-foundation.or.jp/symp/nagoya/nagoya_prog2017.html

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Registration: Free of charge

Please register by sending the following details via e-mail to nagoya-medal@itbm.nagoya-u.ac.jp

1) Name
2) Affiliation
3) E-mail address

Chairman:

Professor Kenichiro Itami (Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University)

Sponsored by:

The Nagoya Medal of Organic Chemistry Committee

Co-sponsored by:

Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University

Financial support by:

MSD Life Science Foundation

Supported by:

The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
The Chemical Society of Japan
Japan Society of Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry
The Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
The Society of Polymer Science, Japan

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