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Seth Herzon wins 2015 NPR Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Seth Herzon winner of the 2015 NPR Emerging Investigator LectureshipWe are delighted to announce that Professor Seth Herzon from Yale University (USA) is the winner of the 2015 NPR Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

The NPR Lectureship is an annual event which is held at an international meeting, the recipient being a researcher who has made a significant contribution to any natural products-related research in their early independent career.

The conference at which the lecture will be delivered will be announced in due course.

Read more on Seth’s research on the Herzon lab Homepage

Previous winners include:

Emily Balskus, Harvard University, USA (2014 winner)
Rebecca Goss, University of St Andrews, UK (2013 winner)
Dean Tantillo, UC Davis Chemistry, USA (2012 winner)

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Q2 Top Ten most accessed articles

During the months April – June 2014, the most downloaded Natural Product Reports articles were:

Explorations of fungal biosynthesis of reduced polyketides – a personal viewpoint
John C. Vederas
DOI: 10.1039/C4NP00091A

Microbial biosynthesis of medicinally important plant secondary metabolites
Myoung Chong Song, Eun Ji Kim, Eunji Kim, Kris Rathwell, Sang-Jip Nam and Yeo Joon Yoon
DOI: 10.1039/C4NP00057A

Marine natural products
John W. Blunt, Brent R. Copp, Robert A. Keyzers, Murray H. G. Munro and Michèle R. Prinsep
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP70117D

Natural product isolation – how to get from biological material to pure compounds
Franz Bucar, Abraham Wube and Martin Schmid
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP20106F

Fungal polyketide biosynthesis – a personal perspective
Thomas J. Simpson
DOI: 10.1039/C4NP00065J

Natural product synthesis in the age of scalability
Christian A. Kuttruff, Martin D. Eastgate and Phil S. Baran
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP70090A

Recreational drug discovery: natural products as lead structures for the synthesis of smart drugs
Giovanni Appendino, Alberto Minassi and Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati
DOI: 10.1039/C4NP00010B

Thinking big about small beings – the (yet) underdeveloped microbial natural products chemistry in Brazil
Laura P. Ióca, Pierre-Marie Allard and Roberto G. S. Berlinck
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP70112C

Recent advances in deep-sea natural products
Danielle Skropeta and Liangqian Wei
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP70118B

Ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptide natural products: overview and recommendations for a universal nomenclature
Wilfred A. van der Donk et al.
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20085F

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RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium 2014

RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium 2014, headline sponsored by F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd.

The poster symposium, for final year organic chemistry PhD students, will take place at The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London on Monday 01 December 2014.

The symposium offers final year PhD students a chance to showcase their research to their peers, leading academics and industrial chemists, and is open to all branches of organic chemistry. The symposium has a tradition of being the most competitive and highly regarded organic chemistry symposium for PhD students in the UK and ROI and we would like to thank F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd. for their generous support of the event.

There will be a first prize of £500, two runner-up prizes of £250, and a “selected by Industry Prize”. Industrial delegates will make this selection by considering the research’s potential for application in an industrial context; the winner will also receive a prize of £500.

Closing date for submissions is Wednesday 01 October 2014.
For more information and to submit your abstract go to http://rsc.li/organic-poster

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New Editorial Board Members for Natural Product Reports

We are very pleased to welcome two new members to our Editorial Board this month: Professor Julia Kubanek (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) and Professor Wen Liu (Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China).


Professor Julia Kubanek

Prof. Kubanek received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1998 from the University of British Columbia. Following this she held postdoctoral positions at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University California San Diego (1998–2000) and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (2000–2001). In 2001 she joined the Georgia Institute of Technology becoming a Professor in 2011.

Her current areas of interest include:

Aquatic chemical ecology; Chemical signaling; Chemical communication; Marine natural products chemistry; Chemical biology; Secondary metabolism; Drug discovery; Plankton ecology; Metabolomics

I’ve been reading Natural Product Reports since I was a graduate student in the early 1990’s. I’m pleased to join the NPR family as a member of the Editorial Board and looking forward to working with authors to bring important research to the attention of the natural products chemistry community.” Prof. Julia Kubanek



Professor Wen Liu

Prof. Wen Liu obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (Peking Union Medical School) in 2000. After postdoctoral studies at the Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis (2000-2001), and the School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2001-2003), he joined the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003.

His research interests focus on:
1) natural product biosynthesis (genetics, biochemistry and chemistry)
2) combinatorial biosynthesis for production improvement and structural diversity
3) genome and/or transcriptome mining for discovery of novel microbial natural products

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Natural Product Reports at conferences in 2014

Dr Marie Cote, Deputy Editor

Dr Richard Kelly, Managing Editor

The Natural Product Reports team will be attending a number of conferences in 2014 and we would be delighted to meet you there.

We’re also the team behind Natural Product Reports’ sister journals Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, MedChemComm, and the latest addition to the portfolio, Toxicology Research, so we’ll happily discuss your interdisciplinary research work. In fact, many of our authors choose to publish their research across all of these titles.

Here are just some of the conferences where you can meet us in the coming months:


GRC marine natural products 2-7 March Ventura, CA, USA – Meet Rich

Society of Toxicology annual meeting 23-27 March Phoenix, USA – Meet Marie

National Organic Symposium Trust 11-14 April Agra, India – Meet Rich

ISMSC-9 7-11 June Shanghai, China – Meet Marie

GRC Bioorganic Chemistry 8-13 June Proctor Academy, USA – Meet Rich

BOSS XIV 13-18 July Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium – Meet Marie

Fall ACS meeting 10-14 August San Francisco, USA – Meet Rich

Gregynog Young Chemists’ Workshop 10-12 September Gregynog, Wales – Meet Marie

EFMC-ISMC 7-10 September Lisbon, Portugal – Meet Rich

Eurotox 7-9 September Edinburgh, UK – Meet Marie

 

Let us know if you are planning on attending any of these meetings, as we would be happy to meet you there!

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RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium: Deadline for poster abstracts 02 October 2013

RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium: Deadline for poster abstracts 02 October 2013

The RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium is still accepting abstracts, but not for long. If you are a final year PhD student based in the UK/ROI and would like the opportunity to showcase your work to leading chemists in industry and academia, as well as your peers, make sure you submit your poster abstract by Wednesday 2nd October.

The symposium will take place on Monday 2nd December 2013, at The Chemistry Centre, Burlington House, London and there are several prizes available on the day. Alongside the £500 First Prize, there will also be a £500 “Selected by Industry” prize and two runners-up prizes of £250. And this year our headline sponsor,  F. Hoffmann-La Roche are offering a further prize of a visit to their site in Basel, Switzerland, to the First and Industry prize winners.

Reasonable travel costs will be covered for the students who are selected to present at this meeting. If you would like to find out more about the symposium and submit an abstract, visit our symposium website

We would like to thank F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd. for their generous support of this event.

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Ribosomally synthesised natural products: a new name for a new year

A large collection of leading researchers in the field of natural product synthesis have come together to propose a communal nomenclature system for the biosynthesis of ribosomally synthesised and posttranslationally modified peptides (RiPPs).

The number of ribosomally synthesised natural products is rapidly increasing, and currently there is no uniform nomenclature being applied across the different compound classes. The classifications currently being used are starting to break down with the increasing number of available genome sequences; the nomenclature used in the various communities investigating subgroups of natural products of ribosomal origin can be confusing, and in some cases even contradictory.

Following on from several discussion groups, the authors of this review (who are working on different classes of RiPPs) present recommendations for a common nomenclature that encompasses all classes, and hope that such a nomenclature will be supported by the rest of the community with the classification of new classes.

In addition to this nomenclature recommendation the authors also present an overview of the current knowledge of the structures and biosynthesis of more than twenty distinct compound classes with examples from bacteria, plants and fungi.

Read this highly informative review today and help sculpt and direct the future of RiPP research.

Ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptide natural products: overview and recommendations for a universal nomenclature
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20085F

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ICPOC21: poster abstracts

There is still just time to submit your poster abstract to the 21st IUPAC International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry (ICPOC 21) but don’t delay as the deadline is 13 July.

Register early for the best prices.

Why join ICPOC21?

Professor Dean Tantillo, University of California, Davis (USA) is the winner of the 2011 NPR Lecture Award and will be delivering his lecture at ICPOC 21.

The NPR Lecture Award is awarded to a researcher who has made a significant contribution to the field of natural products and who has been involved with the journal. Professor Tantillo was selected for his work in the field of enzymology.

In addition to the outstanding plenary sessions, there will be three parallel sessions over the five days comprising invited lectures and contributed talks, as well as poster sessions.

A broad range of scientists from across the whole community who share a quantitative perspective on chemistry will be there, providing an opportunity to discuss and celebrate the current status, development, and the future of physical organic chemistry.

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2011 Impact Factor for OBC, MedChemComm & NPR

The 2011 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2012) have just been released, which showed:

Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry: 3.696

MedChemComm: 2.8         (Partial IF only, based on five issues)

Natural Product Reports: 9.79

The Cambridge Editorial Office would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and dedication to all three journals over the years. In particular, we would like to thank all of our Associate Editors, Editorial and Advisory Board members, authors and referees, without whom none of this would have been possible.

With another successful year in the bag, we hope you will join us in making this year even better…

Read more about the 2011 Impact Factors from across RSC Publishing on the RSC Publishing Blog.

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