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Friday, December 8, 2023

Chris Williams - Probing the Psychedelic Structure-Activity Space

 We are hosting a November BAGIM in-person event with CCG. We welcome Chris Williams with the presentation Probing the Psychedelic Structure-Activity Space.

Date: November 16, 2023 @ 6:00 PM

LocationLe Meridien Boston Cambridge, 20 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139 (MAP) - We will be in meeting room: Hunsaker Ballroom

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM - Presentation & Q&A
6:45 PM - onward - Reception

Please arrive early to get checked in. CCG is hosting free workshops on the same day (Nov 16) on Peptide ModelingAntibody Modeling and Protein Engineering. Please visit their website (HERE) for more information.

Host: BAGIM & Chemical Computing Group

Speaker: Chris Williams, Director of Scientific Support, Chemical Computing Group


Psychedelic compounds are powerful substances that alter cognitive and sensory functions. Psilocybin (magic mushrooms), mescaline (peyote cactus) and Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) are tryptamine- and phenethylamine-based classical psychedelic compounds which primarily act as agonists and partial agonists against the serotonin 5-HT2A/2B receptors. The overall hallucinogenic properties of psychedelic compounds are highly sensitive to structural features and subject to cross-reactivity with monoaminergic receptors. To probe the SAR space of serotonergic hallucinogens, we have applied matched molecular pairs analysis in conjunction with conformational analysis to determine key pharmacophoric elements that contribute to agonist/partial agonist behavior.

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