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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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Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship – nominate now!

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

Nominate by Friday 26th September 2014

The Lectureship recognises a researcher who has made a significant contribution to a natural products-related area of the chemical sciences in their early independent career. Nominations can be made by anyone, so why not nominate a colleague, collaborator, or someone whose work you admire today?

To qualify
To be eligible for the Natural Product Reports Emerging Investigator Lectureship, the candidate should have completed their PhD on or after 31st December 2005.

Lectureship details
The recipient will be invited to present a lecture at a conference during 2015. They will receive £500 towards travel and accommodation costs. They will also be presented with a certificate and be asked to contribute a Natural Product Reports article.

Nominations
Those wishing to make a nomination should send the following details to the Natural Product Reports Editorial Office by Friday 26th September 2014:

  • The name, affiliation and (if possible) web address of the nominee
  • A paragraph outlining the reasons for nomination. This should include brief details of the nominee’s contributions to their field

Selection procedure
The  Natural Product Reports Editorial Board will draw up a short-list of candidates based on the information provided at nomination. The board will then vote to select the recipient at the Autumn Editorial Board meeting, and the winner will be announced in late 2014.

Previous Winners
2013: Rebecca Goss – University of St Andrews, UK
2014: Emily Balskus – Harvard University, USA

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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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Emily Balskus wins 2014 NPR Emerging Investigator Lectureship


We are delighted to announce that Dr Emily Balskus from Harvard University (USA) is the winner of the 2014 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 Emily’s research on the Balskus lab Homepage

Previous winners include:
Rebecca Goss, University of St Andrews, UK (2013 winner)
Dean Tantillo, UC Davis Chemistry, USA (2012 winner)

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Nominate now for the Natural Product Reports 2014 Lectureship!

 Nominations are now open for the 2014 NPR Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

The Lectureship recognises a researcher who has made a significant contribution to a natural products-related area of the chemical sciences in their early independent career. The winner will deliver their lecture at an international meeting in the coming year.

Nominees should have completed their PhD on or after the 31st December 2001.

To nominate someone simply contact NPR Editor, Richard Kelly. All you need to provide are the name of the nominee and some very brief information about why you are nominating them. Nominations are open to everyone and should be received by 25th February 2014.

The winner will be selected by an Editorial Board panel and the result will be announced in Spring 2014.

The winner for the 2013 Lectureship was Rebecca Goss from University of St Andrews, UK.

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Q2 Top 10 for Natural Product Reports

Please take a look at the top 10 most accessed Natural Product Reports articles for the second quarter of 2013:

Natural product isolation – how to get from biological material to pure compounds  
Franz Bucar, Abraham Wube and Martin Schmid
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 525-545
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP20106F 

Marine natural products
John W. Blunt, Brent R. Copp, Robert A. Keyzers, Murray H. G. Munro and Michèle R. Prinsep 
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 237-323
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20112G 

Ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptide natural products: overview and recommendations for a universal nomenclature 
Wilfred A. van der Donk, et al.
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 108-160  
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20085F

Marine natural products: synthetic aspects
Jonathan C. Morris 
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 783-805
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP20116C 

Hot off the press
Robert A. Hill and Andrew Sutherland
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 760-764
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP90015K  

The antibody-drug conjugate: an enabling modality for natural product-based cancer therapeutics  
Hans-Peter Gerber, Frank E. Koehn and Robert T. Abraham 
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 625-639
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP20113A 

The enzymes of β-lactam biosynthesis 
Refaat B. Hamed, J. Ruben Gomez-Castellanos, Luc Henry, Christian Ducho, Michael A. McDonough and Christopher J. Schofield
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 21-107
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20065A 

Simple indole alkaloids and those with a non-rearranged monoterpenoid unit  
Minoru Ishikura, Takumi Abe, Tominari Choshi and Satoshi Hibino
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 694-752
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP20118J 

Using NMR to identify and characterize natural products
Rosemary C. Breton and William F. Reynolds 
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 501-524
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20104F 

Perspectives on natural product epigenetic modulators in chemical biology and medicine  
Fanny L. Cherblanc, Robert W. M. Davidson, Paolo Di Fruscia, Nitipol Srimongkolpithak and Matthew J. Fuchter
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 605-624
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP20097C 

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Natural Product Reports Impact Factor rises to 10.178!

Thomson Reuters have just released their 2012 Journal Citation Reports®  and Natural Product Reports is #1 in both the Chemistry: Medicinal and Chemistry: Organic categories with an impact factor figure of 10.178!

With a truly international authorship publishing accessible and reader-friendly articles, NPR is the home of high impact, critical reviews in natural products research and related areas. The scope of the journal is broad and many reviews discuss the role of natural products in the wider bioinorganic, bioorganic and chemical biology communities. Areas covered include enzymology, nucleic acids, genetics, chemical ecology, carbohydrates, primary and secondary metabolism and analytical techniques.

Read the latest articles

Natural Product Reports’ key features:

  • An excellent and professional service
  • International editorial board, authorship and readership
  • Indexed in MEDLINE and other major databases
  • Free use of colour when it enhances the scientific understanding 

This is why Natural Product Reports is the leading journal in its field!

Thank you to all the authors, referees, readers and the members of our Editorial and Advisory Boards for your continued support which has led to this fantastic result.

The successes of all of RSC journals’ in the recent impact factor release can be found here, highlighting the quality of our publications.

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Polycyclic xanthones, cryptic secondary metabolome, steroidal glycosides: take your pick!

Welcome to NPR Issue 3, 2013

I do not know about you, but I find these circular genome data visualization plots make amazing covers. The one featured on this month’s issue illustrates the exciting review article by Christian Hertweck et al., presenting a genomic approach to the cryptic secondary metabolome of the anaerobic word.

Read this article for Free for the next 6 weeks – and let us know what you think by posting a comment below!

You will remember that Professor Hertweck was the winner of the 2011 NPR Lecture Award, and so that you may read more about his work at the forefront of natural products research, we’ve collated two of his previous NPR review articles below:

The chemistry and biology of cytochalasans
Kirstin Scherlach, Daniela Boettger, Nicole Remme and Christian Hertweck
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2010, 27, 869-886 

Type II polyketide synthases: gaining a deeper insight into enzymatic teamwork
Christian Hertweck, Andriy Luzhetskyy, Yuri Rebets and Andreas Bechthold
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2007, 24, 162-190 

This issue’s Highlight article is by John A. Porco Jr. et al. and summarizes key advancements in the construction of polycyclic xanthones, which have recently attracted significant attention due to their potential as antitumour agents.

Then, Victoria L. Challinor and James J. De Voss review the structure elucidation, bioactivities, biosynthesis, and distribution in the plant kingdom of open-chain steroidal glycosides, which represent a numerous, structurally diverse class of plant saponins.

Finally Yonghong Liu et al. provide an up-to-date account of sesterterpenoids, which structural conciseness and diverse bioactivity have made them attractive targets to the synthetic chemist, with biomedical purposes. 

Short and sweet, a selection we hope you will like!

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Welcome to NPR issue 1, 2013 – beta-lactams, flavoenzymes, and much more

Welcome to NPR Issue 1, 2013!

At NPR we’re kick-starting the New Year with a selection of exciting Highlight and Review articles we think you will like…

Interested in antibiotics? Read works by Yeo Joon Yoon et al. highlighting aminoglycosides, the review by Christopher J. Schofield et al. on biosynthetic pathways leading to the different classes of β-lactam antibiotics (cover article), or learn all about the tiacumicin odyssey in this overview by Jieping Zhu et al. of the chemistry and biology of tiacumicins since their discovery to the marketed drug.

Speaking of ribosomally synthesized natural products? Wilfred van der Donk led an impressive international multiauthored article on establishing a uniform and readily recognized nomenclature for ribosomally synthesized and posttranslationally modified natural products. The whole community came together and made a recommendation, the results of which you can read in this article. Read more about it in this post.

This issue wouldn’t be complete without Christopher Walsh and Timothy A. Wencewicz’s work on flavoenzymes as versatile catalysts in biosynthetic pathways, that enable the many chemical transformations building complexity in the biosynthesized natural products architecture.

All these articles are Free to Access for an unlimited period  – enjoy and spread the word!

 Want to see your work in NPR?

Reviews, Highlights and Viewpoints in NPR are generally solicited by members of the editorial board; however we are happy to consider submission enquiries from authors. If you are interested in writing an article for NPR please contact the editorial office with a brief synopsis.

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