Cambridge Cheminformatics Newsletter, 24 August 2020

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Dear All,

I would like to circulate some recent Cheminformatics (and -related) news to everyone, as follows:

Events (all times where given are UK time; generally online and free)

27 August 2020
Experimental variability and uncertainty in the context of new approach methodologies for potential use in chemical safety evaluation

2 September 2020, 4pm
Cambridge Cheminformatics Meeting (see for future dates)

“Towards Using Deep Generative Models for Structure-Based Design”
Morgan Thomas, Centre for Molecular Informatics, University of Cambridge, and Sosei Heptares

“Expanding connectivity between documents, structures and bioactivity”
Chris Southan, TW2Informatics

Registration at

2 September 2020, 6pm
Cambridge New Therapeutics Forum (CamNTF)
Focus on Epigenetics and the discovery of the clinical BET inhibitor BiBET

2 September 2020, 2pm
The Bluffers Guide to Symbolic AI

7 September 2020, 1.30pm
Computer-Aided Chemistry at the Cutting Edge

9 September 2020, 4pm
Discovering new drugs – what you should know when translating early research

9 September 2020
Using Artificial Intelligence to Optimise Small-Molecule Drug Design in the Age of Covid-19
(for further events in the series visit

6-8 October 2020

31 October – 4 November 2020
16th German Conference on Cheminformatics and EuroSAMPL Satellite Workshop – Virtual Edition
(currently ‘save the date’, details to come)

Collaborations and Calls for Applications

28 September 2020
Pfizer call for collaborative proposals (local Cambridge call)
The Milner team are working with Pfizer as a member of the Milner Consortium to coordinate submissions on this new call which is open for pre-proposals now until Monday 28th September. They are particularly interested in research proposals in the topics DNA damage response and replicative stress, Repeat Expansion Diseases, Cellular Senescence and Tissue-Immune System Crosstalk. These proposals would be considered as potential collaborative projects together with one of their Centres for Therapeutic Innovation ( and can be submitted via the Milner team. Interested researchers can contact Dr Alison Schuldt ( at the Miler Institute with any questions regarding potential submissions.

30 September 2020
Broadening Horizons
Broadening Horizons is a cross-sector mentoring programme designed to support, develop and empower early-career researchers who are interested in translational research for impact on health. Further information can be found at and the deadline for applications is 30 September 2020.



Principal Scientist Antibody Design/CADD

VP Biomedical Data

Research Fellow in Computational Cancer Biology

PhD Studentship: Machine learning for sustainable chemistry
Nottingham University

Senior Computational Chemist and Bioinformatician (and others)
Sosei Heptares

Back-End Engineer and Data Platform Engineer (and others)

Sustaining Innovation Postdoctoral Research Associate

Associate Director/Director Computational Chemistry
BioAscent Discovery


Scientific programmer supporting COVID-19 WikiPathways project
Maastricht University
Maastricht, The Netherlands


EPA Computational Chemistry and QSAR Models Fellowship
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA


AI3SD YouTubeChannel
(Drug Repositioning for Covid, InChI, Neural Networks, Multidimensional Data, AI’s New Clothes, etc.)

Special Issue on Applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in NMR – Invitation to Contribute (by Stefan Kuhn)

Assessing the frontier: Active learning, model accuracy, and multi-objective candidate discovery and optimization: Interview with the author (following up the article circulated last time)

And beyond

“Belonging In The Body”
Replace cancer and hot flushes with what you want – it can be anything, try to relate the article to your own situation you are in. Feeling your body, distinguishing between physical sensations and how we relate to them, and attempting to control vs acceptance are key topics that are probably worth exploring in one’s own life

Fantastic Ethiopian jazz (‘Ethio Jazz’) from the 1970’s (probably one of my favourite three music discoveries this year, sent by a friend who married into a family from Addis Ababa)
Tesfa Maryam Kidane – Heywete (1970)
Mulatu Astatqé – Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale
etc (see also related music, and listen via the Stream app to remove ads)
That was in some sense the ‘golden period’ of Ethopia, for some background reading see eg:

And finally, from the series ‘useful facts to know for any conversation that doesn’t flow as intended’… MC HAMMER is in all of us (more specifically, the mTOR gene)

I believe that’s it from my side for now – if you have information for me to circulate, or if you wish to present at one of our next Cambridge Cheminformatics Meetings (see for future dates) please just let me know, cheers!

Best wishes,

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