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Brief History of the Symposium

The History of the Cyprus-Noordwijkerhout-Camerino Symposium in Trends in Drug Research.

The interplay of biological activity and chemical structure is a highly intriguing problem for all scientists involved in the study of bioactive compounds. In the recent past, a number of international symposia on this subject have been held. In 1977 the Medicinal Chemistry Division of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society organized one symposium which became the first of a series known as the Noordwijkerhout Symposia on Medicinal Chemistry. The second and the third symposia took place in 1981 and 1985, respectively.

In 1978 the Medicinal Chemistry Division of the ltalian Chemical Society organized in Camerino a meeting of chemists and biologists in the receptor field, deliberately putting the emphasis both on chemical and biological aspects of receptor research. This symposium became the first of a series known as the Camerino Symposia on Receptor Chemistry. The second took place in 1983.

In 1987, as the number of symposia seemed to be increasing and a risk of overlap between the different programs was becoming a real threat, the organizers of the Noordwijkerhout (The Netherlands) and of the Camerino (Italy) series of symposia decided to start cooperating closely. This cooperation ensured that since then every two years a Camerino or a Noordwijkerhout Symposium has taken place (1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2007) in Camerino and (1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009) in Noordwijkerhout.

Likewise, under the auspices of the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry (EFMC), the first Cyprus Symposium was convened in Limassol, Cyprus in 1983. In 2007 the Cyprus team decided to join the efforts of the Camerino-Noorwijkerhout team in such a way that each year a symposium is organised in one of the three venues .

in this long lasting series, the 26th Cyprus-Noordwijkerhout-Camerino Symposium  was held in 2008 in Limassol (Cyprus), the 27th Noordwijkerhout-Camerino-Cyprus Symposium was held in 2009 in Noordwijkerhout (The Netherlands),  the 28th Camerino-Cyprus-Noordwijkerhout Symposium was held in 2010 in Camerino (Italy).

In turn, Cyprus organised the 29th CNC-Symposium in 2011 in Limassol, The Netherlands organised the 30th NCC-Symposium in 2012 in Amsterdam, Italy organised the 31st CCN-Symposium in 2013 in Camerino.

In 2014, the 32nd Symposium is taking place during May 18-22, in Limassol (Cyprus).

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