UP Prof takes on 2nd World Conference on MAGIC BULLETS, (Ehrilch II)

Posted on October 23, 2008

The conference was held from 3 to 5 October in Germany to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Paul Ehrlich.

In his Nobel Lecture on December 11th, 1908, Paul Ehrlich laid out the foundation of chemotherapy and the use of drugs to cure patients. He coined the term Magic Bullets and this term has remained in science for particularly important and clinically efficacious drugs.

At this conference the discovery, development and successful use of Magic Bullets in clinical medicine was presented and vividly discussed. Particular reference was given to PK/PD – relationships (pharmacokinetics / pharmacodynamics) to develop and use Magic Bullets in patients more rationally by use of the modern methods of individualization of drug therapy.

The organisers announced that 1546 presentations were accepted (out of over 4500 submitted) by EHRLICH II from almost 100 countries with over 730 oral presentations. This can be used in support that EHRLICH II has already in its second occurrence became probably one of the most interdisciplinary and truly global conferences.

In his talk entitled: Fundamental understanding on interactions of bisphosphonates with bone (by use of different techniques, including computational modelling), Prof Cukrowski presented his recent work related to the development of drugs dedicated to bone cancer treatment. The Screening Committee of the Conference Ehrlich II has awarded 8 participants for outstanding contribution made to the field and their presentations. Prof Cukrowski was one among the few who received this prestigious MAGIC BULLET AWARD.

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