7th Hansch Award to Mestres

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The 2006 Corwin Hansch Award of the QSAR and Modelling Society has been presented to Dr. Jordi Mestres of the Municipal Institute of Medical Research and University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona. This award recognizes the work of a young investigator in QSAR and modelling with the expectation that they will continue to advance the field for many years to come. Dr. Mestres was chosen from a field of very able researchers.
 
Dr. Mestres was introduced to the concepts of molecular similarity by Prof. Ramon Carbó-Dorca and did then a one-year post-doc with Prof. Gerry Maggiora at Pharmacia & Upjohn, where he developed MIMIC for the flexible superposition of molecules.
 
In 1997 he moved to Organon in the Netherlands, to be later appointed as Head of Computational Medicinal Chemistry at the research site in Scotland. In 2003 he moved to Barcelona where he directs a Chemogenomics Laboratory. His work on 3D similarity, over a decade ago, was revolutionary and successfully used at Upjohn to develop lead candidates. Once at Organon, he pioneered the exploitation of ligand-based information in docking methods. Since then, Dr Mestres has continued to develop new molecular descriptors and methods for virtual chemical screening and pharmacological profiling. He is the author of 71 publications, 4 patents among them.

Most important details from Dr. Mestres CV:
Education  
1985-1990 Autonomous University of Barcelona, BSc in Chemistry
1991-1995 University of Girona, PhD in Computational Chemistry
1996 Pharmacia & Upjohn (USA), Postdoctoral scientist
     
Positions
1997-2000 Research Scientist, N.V. Organon (The Netherlands)
2000-2003 Head of Computational Medicinal Chemistry, Organon Research (Scotland)
2003- Head of the Chemogenomics Laboratory, Municipal Institute of Medical Research & University Pompeu Fabra
2006- Founder & President of Chemotargets SL
 
(a list of Dr. Mestres publications on PubMed)

Last Updated: October 19, 2006

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