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1st Webinar on Marine Drugs | An Approach on Viruses by The International Summer School on Natural Products (ISSNP) 2020

10/07/2020

Virus, Marine Natural Products, Marine Drugs
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1st Webinar on Marine Drugs - an Open Access Journal

Viruses, not only the bad ones

An Approach on Viruses by The International Summer School on Natural Products (ISSNP) 2020

Viruses have been regarded as a growing danger to humanity's health, and the current COVID-19 pandemic has further reinforced this thought. However, an increasing number of reports have demonstrated that viral weaponry can also be exploited for therapeutic applications. This consideration inspired the scientific committee of the event "Viruses not only the bad ones" to organize a series of webinars that will bring us on a journey through the world of viruses. This series will provide information about SARS-CoV-2 and other threatening viruses that could be responsible for new outbreaks, but will focus on the latest achievements in the application of viral technologies for the development of innovative therapeutic approaches.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Valeria Costantino; Prof. Dr. Giorgia Oliviero; Dr. Mattia Mori; Prof. Dr. Daniele Passarella

Date & Time: 10 JULY 2020 10:00 am (CEST)

Zoom ID: 844 8085 5034

Webinar Secretariat: [email protected]

The following experts will present and speak:

Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Cerullo

Centre for Drug Research (CDR), Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Vincenzo Cerullo is a professor of biological drug development and Head of the Drug Research Program, HiLIFE fellow, and co-leader of the Immunotherapy at Digital Precision Cancer Medicine Flagship (iCAN) at University of Helsinki. He is the scientific founder of VALO therapeutics. He has received several awards and raised more than 6 million EUR in research grants in the last five years, published more than 90 publications and 30 patents, he has been ranked by expertscape as N7 worldwide, N4 in Europe, and N1 in Finland in the field of oncolytic virotherapy.

Program

The webinar will start at 10:00 am (CEST) and last maximum 2 hours.

Presentation

Time

Welcome & Introduction

10:00 am (CEST)

Virus and application of viral technologies for the development of innovative therapeutic approaches.

10:05 am (CEST)

Q&A

11:00 am (CEST)

Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Valeria Costantino

Department of Pharmacy, University of Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy

DETAILS

Valeria Costantino has been an associate professor of organic chemistry since 2004 with the Department of Pharmacy of UniNA. Her research group focuses on exploring the unique biodiversity of natural products from marine sponges and cyanobacteria as lead compounds for biotechnological applications. More recently, her group has applied their chemical knowledge to explore quorum sensing and the quorum quenching system in bacteria symbiotic with sponges with the goal to design novel leads in antibacterial drug discovery.

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Valeria Costantino has been an associate professor of organic chemistry since 2004 with the Department of Pharmacy of UniNA. Her research group focuses on exploring the unique biodiversity of natural products from marine sponges and cyanobacteria as lead compounds for biotechnological applications. More recently, her group has applied their chemical knowledge to explore quorum sensing and the quorum quenching system in bacteria symbiotic with sponges with the goal to design novel leads in antibacterial drug discovery.

Prof. Dr. Oliviero Giorgia

Department of Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnologies, University of Napoli Federico II, Napoli, Italy

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Giorgia Oliviero has been an associate professor of organic chemistry since 2016 with the Department of Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnologies. Currently, Prof. Dr. Oliviero’s research activity is mainly focused on the synthesis of quadruplex-forming oligonucleotides and peptide nucleic acids to be used as new drugs or as innovative diagnostic tools. Prof. Dr. Oliviero has recently achieved promising results in the direct synthesis of oligonucleotide strands (BIOSENSOR) on porous silica supports (PSi).

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Giorgia Oliviero has been an associate professor of organic chemistry since 2016 with the Department of Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnologies. Currently, Prof. Dr. Oliviero’s research activity is mainly focused on the synthesis of quadruplex-forming oligonucleotides and peptide nucleic acids to be used as new drugs or as innovative diagnostic tools. Prof. Dr. Oliviero has recently achieved promising results in the direct synthesis of oligonucleotide strands (BIOSENSOR) on porous silica supports (PSi).

Prof. Dr. Daniele Passarella

Department of Chemistry, University of Milan, Milan, Italy

DETAILS

Daniele Passarella is an associate professor of organic chemistry at the Università di Milano. His research activity focuses on the organic synthesis of active compounds with particular interest in natural products with the aim of interfering with the biology of cancer and neurodegeneration.

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Daniele Passarella is an associate professor of organic chemistry at the Università di Milano. His research activity focuses on the organic synthesis of active compounds with particular interest in natural products with the aim of interfering with the biology of cancer and neurodegeneration.

Dr. Mattia Mori

Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, Senior Researcher-University of Siena, Siena, Italy

DETAILS

Mattia Mori is senior researcher in medicinal chemistry at the University of Siena (Italy) and has a Ph.D. in structural biology. His research focuses on the computational design and optimization of small molecules of pharmacological relevance, mostly starting from natural products, and in computational studies on macromolecules’ motions.

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Mattia Mori is senior researcher in medicinal chemistry at the University of Siena (Italy) and has a Ph.D. in structural biology. His research focuses on the computational design and optimization of small molecules of pharmacological relevance, mostly starting from natural products, and in computational studies on macromolecules’ motions.

Webinar Content

MDPI and Marine Drugs joined forces with the International Summer School on Natural Products (ISSNP) to organise a series of three webinars entitled “Viruses, not only the bad ones | An Approach on Viruses by the International Summer School on Natural Products (ISSNO) 2020”.

The main focus of the International Summer School on Natural Products (ISSNP) is on both established and emerging areas of research at the cutting-edge of organic chemistry inspired by natural products.

Chaired by Prof. Dr. Valeria Costantino, Prof. Dr. Giorgia Oliviero, Dr. Mattia Mori and Prof. Dr. Daniele Passarella, each webinar sees one speaker present and discuss their research. On Friday 10 July 2020, Prof. Dr. Orazia Taglialatela-Scafati, Editor-in-Chief of Marine Drugs introduced the webinar’s speaker: Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Cerullo from the University of Helsinki, Sweden. Prof. Dr. Cerullo gave a talk entitled “Dressing Viruses in Tumor’s Clothing: Cloning-Free Platforms to Trigger Tumor-Specific Immune Response”. This was followed by a Q&A session and discussion.

The webinar was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found below.

The second webinar of this series will be held on Friday 17 June 2020 at 10.00am (CEST). The expert researcher presenting will be Prof. Dr. Mark Brönstrup from Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. Register for the webinar here: https://marinedrugs-2.sciforum.net/#webinar_registration

Relevant Special Issues

Special Issues in Marine Drugs

Topical Collection "International Summer School on Natural Products: The Contribution of Young Researchers to Marine Inspired Products"
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Giorgia Oliviero; Prof. Dr. Valeria Costantino; Prof. Dr. Daniele Passarella

The main focus of the International Summer School on Natural Products (ISSNP) is on both established and emerging areas of research at the cutting-edge of organic chemistry inspired by natural products.

The natural world is a source of biologically active molecules and an inspiration for researchers in different fields. Natural products are bioactive compounds synthesized by terrestrial and marine plants, micro-organisms, and animals. Interdisciplinarity involves the simple combination of several points of view to solve complex problems relating to the characterization of bioactive natural compounds, their biological evaluation, and the clarification of their mechanisms of action.

Accordingly, the aim of this Special Issue of Marine Drugs is to collect new discoveries in relation to bioactive molecules from marine-inspired compounds produced by isolation, semi-synthesis, and synthesis.

The biological activity of natural extracts or synthetic analogues without a proper chemical characterization will not be considered. Review articles in the field will also be evaluated.

The editors strongly encourage young scientists to publish their innovative research in this Special Issue.

Special Issue "Marine Antiviral Agents"
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Nathalie Bourgougnon
Accepting submissions until 10 August 2020

Special Issue "Marine Natural Products against Coronaviruses"
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati
Accepting submissions until 28 February 2021

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