Pharmaceutical Sciences student VU Amsterdam wins PAC poster prize
Ferry Pronk, student Pharmaceutical Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has won the second prize of the Jong KNCV (Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging) during the poster competition at the annual chemistry PAC-symposium in Utrecht.
Mr Pronk presented his work on the “Elucidation of the structural determinants of functional activity switches between histamine H3 receptor orthologs” as part of his computational medicinal chemistry research internship supervised by Dr Inna Slynko and Dr Chris de Graaf in the Medicinal Chemistry research group of VU Amsterdam.
The presented research is part of the multidisciplinary NWO Chemical Sciences TOP-PUNT project 7 ways to 7TMR modulation (PIs Prof. Martine Smit and Prof. Rob Leurs) that provides new insights into how drug molecules interact with closely-related G protein-coupled receptors and how this knowledge can be used to devise new molecular tools to study and modulate these important drug targets in a selective way.
Ferry Pronk (second right) wins one of the four Jong KNCV poster prizes at the yearly PAC-symposium. Just weeks before Mr Pronk was the winner of the poster event of the VU Amsterdam bachelor programme Pharmaceutical Sciences, where students learn to present their work to a wide audience.