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Microbial Diversity and Specialised Metabolites summer school

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Applications are warmly invited for a summer school on “Microbial Diversity and  Specialised Metabolites,” the sixth in the series of John Innes-Rudjer Bošković Summer Schools on Applied Molecular Microbiology, to be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, September 10-18, 2016. Full details, including the availability of grants to attend the summer school, are at

The summer school reflects the recent development of interest in microbial metabolites that has resulted from the sequencing of small molecule-producing microorganisms, coupled with the current explosive development of sequencing technology, bioinformatics and chemical analysis. Ecological studies highlighting the wide range of roles for small molecules in microbial communities provide another major driving force. These summer schools have established a reputation for the quality of the faculty and participants (about 40) and the high degree of productive interaction during the week-long courses. A special feature of the summer school will be hands-on computer workshops to annotate genomes and analyze natural product gene clusters.

Practice of Pharmacognosy Leads to Three New Nobel Prize Winners

Friday, October 9th, 2015

ASP Press release – 9 October 2015,

ASP Fellow Satoshi Omura wins Nobel Prize for avermectins

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Satoshi Ömura, noted natural products chemist, shared the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the microbial production of the avermectin class of compounds; These compounds are important in the treatment of river blindness and other parasitic diseases. Ömura isolated avermectin from Streptomyces avermitilis isolated from Japanese soil. William Campbell followed up on this discovery for applications in livestock and other domestic animals. Youyou Tu also shared the prize for work with artemisinin, used in the treatment of malaria. Ömura and Williams shared one-half of the prize, while Tu received the other half,

ASP member David Kroll wrote a piece about the announcement for Forbes magazine,

Ömura previously received the 2013 Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award from ASP,

Symposium in honor of Amos B. Smith, III

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

A Symposium in honor of Professor Amos B. Smith, III, on October 17th, 2015, co-organized by the Philadelphia Organic Chemistry Club and the Department of Chemistry at University of Pennsylvania.  The Symposium theme will be “Recent Advances in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to our Science, Professor Smith will be presented with the 2015 Allan R. Day Award. Additional details (Symposium Poster and Schedule  can be found at

Oxford ICSB Meeting – Interim ASP Meeting

Monday, September 14th, 2015

The 16th Annual Oxford International Conference on the Science of Botanicals (ICSB) will be held 11-14 April 2016, Oxford, Mississippi (University of Mississippi). This meeting will serve as the interim meeting for the American Society of Pharmacognosy (ASP). The regular annual meeting is part of the International Congress on Natural Products Research (ICNPR) in Copenhagen, Denmark in July. The Oxford meeting will provide an opportunity for students, postdoctoral scientists and professionals to meet and present research who find the Copenhagen meeting to be too difficult or expensive to attend. Further information on the Oxford ICSB can be obtained at Abstract submission is open now at http:/ Those who desire a travel grant must submit the abstract by 15 November 2015. All others must submit the abstract by 1 December 2015. Problems or requests for assistance can be addressed to