The College of Pharmacy’s Center for Natural Products, Drug Discovery and Development, or CNPD3, hosts the UF Drug Discovery Symposium bi-annually; bringing together scientists from across the state. Each symposium features an exciting lineup of invited speakers covering most major research institutes within Florida and several research institutes across the USA which attract scientists from across Florida to share exciting new discoveries and promote interaction with UF colleagues.
“Even in a virtual setting, I believe the symposium will bring us closer together and promote research exchange and collaborations. We are poised to have keynote speakers from UT San Antonio and MIT presenting on the pharmacology of anticancer natural products and AI-based drug discovery, respectively, who complement this year’s symposium sessions in the areas of strength at UF” – Hendrik Luesch Ph.D., CNPD3 Director
Learn about the latest news and events involving CNPD3 research and faculty.
December 16th, 2020, 11AM-12PM, via Zoom Dr. Hammock’s presentation is titled “Discovery and design of soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitors to spare opioids, control pain and address CNS diseases“
December 9th, 2020, 8AM-9AM, via Zoom Dr. Li’s presentation is titled “DNA-encoded Small Molecules for Drug Discovery, Protein Labeling and Target Identification“
November 18th, 2020, 11AM-12PM, via Zoom Dr. Tremaine’s presentation is titled “Incorporating Drug Properties into Pharmaceutical Candidates – Role of a Drug Metabolism Scientist in Pharmaceutical Research”
November 5th, 2020, 8-9AM, via Zoom Dr. Sturla’s presentation is titled “Striking the Genomic Achilles’ heel with Chemistry Arrows”
Published: December 3, 2019
Consuming a seaweed found near the Florida Keys may offer health benefits in preventing colon cancer and inflammatory diseases of the digest tract.
Published: August 6, 2019
Researchers from the University of Florida and Singapore are focused on a novel drug candidate with marine origins as a new method to prevent or treat vision loss.
Published: May 13, 2019
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has awarded researchers at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy a $3.4 million grant to study kratom.
Published: Sep 10th, 2018
A UF College of Pharmacy researcher team led by Dr. Hendrik Luesch recently developed a novel molecule based on marine cyanobacteria, Apra S10, to target pancreatic cancer cells.
Published: Aug 10th, 2018
Known as the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award, the grant will fund several of Huigens’ research projects, including efforts to develop compounds that will eliminate bacterial biofilm-associated infections.
Published: Jul 11th, 2018
Organic farmers can use the natural chemicals to ward off weeds and conventional farmers can use them on weeds that grow resistant to traditional, synthetic herbicides.
Published: Jul 3rd, 2018
Led by principal investigator, Rob Huigens, Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, the grant aims to establish a drug discovery pipeline to generate and identify new small molecules that possess anticancer activities.
Published: April 2018
A University of Florida research team investigating structural diversity and anticancer activity of marine‐derived elastase inhibitors has made the cover of the April edition of ChemBioChem.
Published: Jan 31st, 2018
The researchers found a more efficient way to harvest the UV-absorbing amino acid known as shinorine, which marine organisms like cyanobacteria and macroalgae produce.
Published: Jan 18th, 2018
Natural Product Reports is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal for publication of reviews in all areas of natural products chemistry, including biosynthesis, chemical biology, pharmacology and organic synthesis.
Published: Oct 26th, 2017
Christopher McCurdy, Ph.D., a professor of medicinal chemistry, was featured in a CNN.com report on kratom, an herb, and its potential to treat pain and opioid withdrawal.
Published: Sep 26th, 2017
The symposium featured nearly 130 participants and plenary speakers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Scripps Research Institute-Florida and National Cancer Institute.
Published: Aug 8th, 2017
Dr. Yousong Ding in the UF College of Pharmacy found the Coprinus comatus mushroom, commonly known as the lawyer’s wig or shaggy mane, killed human T-cell leukemia cells during laboratory tests.
Published: Feb 8th, 2017
Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., a professor and chair of medicinal chemistry and the Debbie and Sylvia DeSantis Chair in Natural Products Drug Discovery and Development, received the Golden Medal Award for his presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Herbal and Traditional Medicine.
Published: Feb 7th, 2017
Research on the kava plant led by Chengguo “Chris” Xing, Ph.D., a professor of medicinal chemistry and the Frank A. Duckworth Eminent Scholar, was featured in the winter 2017 issue of Nutrition Frontiers newsletter published by the National Cancer Institute.
Published: Feb 1st, 2017
A novel strategy developed by UF Health researchers has yielded several promising compounds to fight inflammation and diseases such as colorectal cancer.
Published: Nov 3rd, 2016
Three University of Florida College of Pharmacy researchers were recently installed as endowed professors in the college. Drs. Li and Xing from Medicinal Chemistry were honored with this highest designation for faculty.
Published: Apr 3rd, 2016
The April 29 event will highlight the center’s ongoing research activities and screening infrastructure.
- Researchers identify new strategy for discovering colorectal cancer drugs
March 29, 2016
- UF Drug Discovery Symposium scheduled for April 29
March 23, 2016
- College of Pharmacy researchers: Novel compounds kill biofilms, may eliminate persistent bacterial infections
November 2, 2015
- Practice of Pharmacognosy leads to three new Nobel Prize winners
October 9, 2015
- A Florida coastal seaweed could help fend off cancers and inflammatory diseases
September 5, 2013
- Marine compound shows promise of improved drug treatment for COPD patients
February 28, 2013
- UF medicinal chemists modify sea bacteria byproduct for use as potential cancer drug
September 1, 2011
- New findings on UF marine compound shows versatility, from anti-tumor agent to bone regeneration
February 3, 2011
- Compound discovered in Florida Keys shows early promise as colon cancer treatment
October 1, 2010
- UF marine researchers rush to collect samples as oil threat grows
August 31, 2010
- UF researchers discovery may help the human body self heal
August 31, 2010