We extend to you a warm Orlando welcome to the 24th American Peptide Symposium. A couple of years ago, we were asked to organize the 24th Meeting of the American Peptide Society. Initially, this seemed like a daunting task but we were keen to take on the challenge! This unique opportunity to host the peptide community for 6 days of stimulating science was too hard to resist, despite the amount of work we needed to invest in this project.
In our quest to understand the best possible mix of topics to appeal to the widest audience from Academia to Industry, we found the answer: we wanted the enabling aspects of peptide science to come through in the strongest possible way. The meeting theme — Enabling Peptide Research from Basic Science to Drug Discovery — embraces the spirit of the scientific and social programs we have assembled for you.
Recently, the use of peptides as drugs has been increasing exponentially, especially in metabolic diseases and in exploring intracellular targets. A pre-Symposium, with a theme of peptides in metabolic diseases, is planned with an emphasis on basic pharmacology and peptide targets. This is followed by a number of regular scientific sessions, which focus on topics as diverse as macrocycles, synthetic peptides, medicinal chemistry and peptide therapeutics, all representing emerging peptide technologies.
The scientific program for 2015 opens with distinguished lecture by Dr. Richard A. Lerner of The Scripps Research Institute followed by a social gathering at the Upper Pool Deck of the resort. The symposium will be concluded with a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Friedman of the Rockefeller Institute, which will be followed by the closing banquet.
Unlike previous events, two workshops will be conducted at this meeting: (1) workshop on peptide Chemistry Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) and regulatory challenges; and (2) workshop on career development, job search strategy and interview preparation. The lectures from awards winners, including the Merrifield, Vincent du Vigneaud, Makineni, and Goodman Awards are spread out over the six days of the symposium.