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E-drug: Symposium on DRUGS AGAINST PARASITIC DISEASES (Montpellier,
France, May 1999)
This is the second announcement for an International Symposium  on
24th to 26th May 1999, Montpellier, France
Practical information :
     Henri VIAL/ Christine BOUSQUET
    UMR 5539 CNRS/UniversiteÇ Montpellier II, cc107
     Place Eugene Bataillon
     34095 Montpellier cedex 5, France
     Tel. : (33) Fax. : (33)
The meeting is being organized under the auspices of the European
Commission as part of its Cooperation with Third-World Countries
(INCO-DC program), by the Tropical Diseases Research Branch of the World
Health Organisation and as the annual spring meeting of the European
Concerted Action on Chemotherapy of Protozoal Infections (Cost action B9).
The symposium should offer opportunities for future collaborations and
discussions between these Institutions in such an important area.

This meeting will provide experts in Parasitology, Biochemistry, cellular
and molecular Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacologist, Toxicology, and research
managers with a forum in which to discuss advances and up-date their
knowledge concerning drug discovery in the area of parasitic diseases and
to provide facilities to accelerate drug development in this crucial field,
and ways of improving control strategies.

We have invited prominent scientists and experts to present data on
up-to-date topics and would gladly welcome short communications or poster
you might have on the various topics.

We hope that this conference will strengthen the collaboration between
scientists, experts, and professionals both in the North and the South,
thus promoting excellence not only in research but also in practical
scientific programme will contain a number of separate consecutive
sessions that cover the following subjects :

Opening: Global Picture of parasitic diseases and need in control strategies

Session 1: Target identification & validation (How to discover targets for
novel pharmacological interference and criteria to validate a target).
There will be a focus on parasite genomes : what do they promise and what
are the limitations ?

Session 2: Compounds Acquisition and Sequential steps from the bench to the
threshold of preclinical studies or Rationale for drug development

Session 3: Methods for screening of potential drugs. Evaluation of
pharmacological  activities.

Session 4: Pre-Development work: How to go through the preclinical stages.

Session 5: Economic considerations concerning antiparasitic drug developments.

The Symposium will be held at  LE CORUM , Conference and Culture Centre in
the heart of Montpellier, easily accessible from the Montpellier Mediterran
Airport, and the TGV (high speed train) station).

Participants wishing to present a contribution should submit an abstract
following the format detailed below, not later than 15 March 1999 (oral
contribution), or 15 April (poster contribution), to the address indicated
(secretariat of the conference).

The full text of the second announcement, including the electronic form for
congress registration and lodging reservation form is available on our
Website at the following address :
Participants are encouraged to use electronic registration and
accommodation form for lodging.

Montpellier is Situated in the South of France, only a few miles from the
Mediterranean Sea, Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon

The international Montpellier-Mediterran Airport is served by several
international companies, including Air-France, British-Airways and
Air-Littoral. Around 20 connecting flights with Paris are organised by
three different companies.

Henri VIAL
UMR 5539 CNRS/Universite Montpellier II, cc107
Place Eugene Bataillon
34095 Montpellier cedex 5, France
Tel. : (33) Fax. : (33)

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