Dear Colleagues and Friends,
A year on from the 21st edition of our EuroQSAR symposium in Verona, we are pleased to announce the incorporation of the new QSAR, Chemoinformatics, and Modeling Society (QCMS). The process took longer than expected because of the bureaucracy required for the incorporation, and the difficulties in transferring the qsar.org domain from the US to Italy. However, everything is now set up and we are ready for this new adventure. I would like to thank Professors Cruciani and Costantino for their exceptional support throughout the incorporation process. I am also grateful to the members of the International Steering Committee for giving me this opportunity to launch the new Society.
One of the major strengths of QCMS is its interdisciplinary character, which includes QSAR, chemoinformatics, computational chemistry, and biology. It thus covers the many aspects of in silico drug discovery, predictive toxicology, and environmental chemistry. I’m honoured to lead QCMS and will do my best to promote computational activities throughout Europe, the US, and worldwide. The first official meeting of the new Society will be held during the 22nd EuroQSAR Symposium in Thessaloniki. I hope to meet you all there, and to discuss strategies to promote theoretical and in silico activities. I would like the new Society to be an active forum for discussions about innovative software, novel hardware architectures, and their potential impact on one of our main objectives: improving in silico predictions to make experimental activities faster, cheaper, and more effective.
I very much hope for your active participation in our Society, and I look forward to meeting you all again soon.
Andrea Cavalli – QCMS Chair