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Report from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposium

Heterocyclic Chemistry
3rd Florida Heterocyclic Conference,
University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, USA, 6-8 March 2002

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by Thomas T. Tidwell

The 3rd Florida Heterocyclic Conference was held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, USA from 6-8 March 2002. The conference was organized by the Florida Institute of Heterocyclic Compounds directed by Alan Katritzky, Kenan Professor of Chemistry at the University of Florida. The audience of 100 was distinguished by extensive industrial participation and four of the lectures, by Peter Wuts of Pharmacia (Kalamazoo, Michigan), Graham Johnson of Bristol-Myers Squibb (Wallingford, Connecticut), Joseph Sisko of GlaxoSmithKline (Philadelphia), and Nicolas Bodor of Ivax Corporation and the University of Florida dealt with industrial themes. The topics included the discovery and development of new drugs for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, HIV treatment, and dopamine agonists.

From left to right: Ronald Grigg, Alan Katritzky (the conference organizer), and Jose Barulenga.

Other lecturers included Ronald Grigg (Leeds University, UK) on cascade reactions for heterocyclic synthsis, William Pearson (University of Michigan) on alkaloid synthesis, Jose Baruenga (Universiy of Oviedo, Spain) on heterocyclic synthesis using metal carbene complexes, Dennis Curran (University of Pittsburgh) on fluorous techniques in organic synthesis, Ernst Anders (University of Jena, Germany) on the synthesis of novel heterocycles, Joachim Schantl (University of Innsbruck, Austria) on synthesis of cyclic azomethine imines, and Nicos Petasis (Universit of Southern California, Los Angeles) on heterocyclic synthesis using organoboron compounds.

A feature of the conference was an initial full day short course on the fundamentals of heterocyclic chemistry. The Florida Heterocyclic Conference is also used to support ARKIVOC (Archive for Organic Chemistry), a free on-line refereed journal covering all aspects of organic chemistry, available at http://www.arkat.org


Thomas T. Tidwell, University of Toronto, is president of the IUPAC Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division.

> Published in Chem. Int. 24(4), 2002

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