II International Symposium on Photopharmacology · ISPP2018

Innovative therapeutics and
research tools using light

Photopharmacology is an emerging branch of science based in the administration of a photosensitive compound in combination with illumination to provide a high degree of local and temporal control of compound activity, which makes it useful both for therapeutic applications and as a research tool.

In the last 10 years photopharmacology, a polyhedric science involving biology, pharmacology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine, has flourished and achieved a critical mass of researchers and resourceful methods in chemistry and optics, raising hopes for clinical trials of the most advanced compounds.

The First International Symposium on Photopharmacology took place at the University Medical Center Groningen on February 16th, 2017. Topics covered in this First Symposium ranged from photochemistry and organic synthesis to vision restoration and brain research.

This Second Symposium is planned as a forum to gather the worldwide experts in photopharmacology to debate and present their advances, facilitate partner interaction, foster cooperativity and open discussions to delimitate problems, define solutions, delineate strategies and envision future developments.

The Symposium intends to bring together opinion leaders in the field and seeks to incorporate medical practitioners and members of the industrial sectors related to light (photonics, spectroscopy, optics), molecular therapeutics (pharma industry, biotechnology, medicinal chemistry) and medical devices.

The institutions that propose this Symposium have solid experience in the field of photopharmacology in the last 10 years and have done important research contributions to the synthesis of light-sensitive ligands and their applications to chemical biology and neurobiology, including pain research and vision restoration.

In addition, they have been involved in the organization of several scientific symposia and meetings focused on photopharmacology both at national and international levels.

Key dates and deadlines
Early Bird Registration closes: Extended until 10th August
Abstract Submission Deadline: Extended until 18th September
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 28th September
Late Registration closes: 22nd October