Workshops – Saturday July 21, 2018


AMWS1 (9:00 AM 1:00 PM)–  Introduction to Global Natural Product Social (GNPS) Molecular Networking and 3D Visualization of Natural Product Data – This workshop will be a hands on tutorial which will give you a basic introduction and hands-on experience on use of the tools.  Please bring a computer to the workshop (led by Dr. Pieter Dorrestein).

AMWS2 (9:00 AM – 11:00 AM) – Grant Writing Strategies – This workshop is intended to cover strategies and dos and don’ts for writing grant applications with a primary focus on the National Institutes of Health (led by Dr. D. Craig Hopp).

AMWS3 (CANCELLED) – Towards Overcoming Gender Inequality: Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Science This workshop is intended to spark discussion and generate new ideas/projects towards overcoming gender inequality in science. There will be panel discussions with women working in the field of natural products at various stages of their scientific career and in different environments (from a graduate student to the vice-president of the ASP).  There will also be subgroup discussions which will allow for networking, making new connections, and initiating joints projects towards overcoming gender inequality in science. We need both men and women to work together if progress is to happen, so everyone is welcome to attend the workshop (led by Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova).

PMWS1 (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM) – New Approaches for the Biological Evaluation of Natural Products with Anticancer Potential – This workshop will build on the foundations of the first workshop to introduce new biochemical, cell biological and in vivo techniques that will facilitate the biological evaluations of natural products with anticancer potential (led by Dr. April Risinger).

PMWS2  (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM) – How Can Countercurrent Separation help You with Your Natural Product Research? –  Did you ever wonder what countercurrent and partition chromatography really are? How they actually work?  Why would anybody choose these techniques over other purification methodologies? If one of your answers are yes, or if you simply want to satisfy your curiosity or your thirst for more information, this workshop is for you!  Our workshop will be dedicated to understanding the practical aspects of countercurrent separation (partition chromatography) methods and offer a variety of examples from real-world applications ranging from the large scale purification of target compounds, to the reproducible fractionation of complex mixtures for biological investigations, to the preparation of complex extracts depleted in target compounds. Representative speakers from different research environments will share their experience (led by CENAPT team, in collaboration with Gregoire Audo from Armen/Gilson).

PMWS3  (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM) – One Carbon Based Unit’s / Computer’s Approach to Structure Elucidation – Is it an art or pure science in elucidating a chemical structure from a compliment of NMR and MS data?  If you ask 5 natural product chemists about their approach to structure elucidation, you may get 5 similar yet different answers.  What experimental NMR data do you have?  Are they clean spectra?  Do you see all correlations?  Do you have an accurate mass?  All of these questions are what, potentially bias your approach.  Has this structure been determined from other group members?  Do you have a computer searchable structure database?  How can computer algorithms help you in the process?  These are the questions that will be explored in this half day workshop, along with a presentation by an academic natural product research group, illustrating how computer software can help in the structure elucidation process (led by Mark O’Neil-Johnson, Sequoia Sciences, Inc and Arvin Moser, ACD Labs).