Medicinal Chemistry

Information resources on medicinal chemistry.

The medicinal chemistry is a branch of chemistry that involves aspects of biological, medical and pharmaceutical sciences. Medicinal chemistry is concerned with the invention, discovery, design, identification and preparation of biologically active compounds, the study of their metabolism, the interpretation of their mode of action at the molecular level and the construction of structure-activity relationships.

Related topics are clinical chemistry, molecular medicine, pharmaceutical chemistry etc.

Below you will find online available information resources on medicinal chemistry.


Lecture Notes, Tutorials
Research facilities and departments

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
The course material gives real-life examples of drug discovery and information on the drug discovery process through an industrial context. RSC

Medicinal Chemistry
Lecture notes on biological and medicinal Chemistry

Medicinal Chemistry
An introduction - Format: PDF

Medicinal Chemistry
Lecture notes

Medicinal Chemistry
An introduction to drug design and development, and understanding how drugs work - Format: PDF

Medicinal Chemistry
General information - Format: PDF

Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry
Lecture notes


Glossary of Terms used in Medicinal Chemistry
IUPAC Recommendations. Queen Mary University of London, UK


Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
... presents preliminary experimental or theoretical research results of outstanding significance and timeliness on all aspects of science at the interface of chemistry and biology and on major advances in drug design and development. Elsevier

Current Medicinal Chemistry
… covers all the latest and outstanding developments in medicinal chemistry and rational drug desig. Bentham

European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
... publishes studies on all aspects of medicinal chemistry. Journal, Elsevier. Elsevier

Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
... is an international and interdisciplinary vehicle publishing new knowledge and findings on enzyme inhibitors and inhibitory processes and agonist/antagonist receptor interactions in the development of medicinal and anti-cancer agents and an understanding of their action. Taylor and Francis

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
As the most cited journal in Medicinal Chemistry, the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry focuses on original research dealing with chemical-biological relationships, mainly the bond between molecular structure and biological activity. American Chemical Society, USA

Medicinal Chemistry Research
... offers prompt publication of novel experimental achievements in the many facets of drug design, drug discovery, and the elucidation of mechanisms of action of biologically active compounds.. Springer

Research facilities and departments

Germany: Regensburg
Medicinal Chemistry. University of Regensburg, Germany

Germany: Saarland
Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry of the Saarland University

Hungary: Semmelweis University
Department of Medical Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Pathobiochemistry

Division for Medicinal Chemistry (DMC) of the Swiss Chemical Society


American Chemical Society
Division of Medicinal Chemistry

European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry

Société de Chimie Thérapeutique - [f]

Related Books and Scientific Literature: Medicinal Chemistry

Book recommendation

Graham L. Patrick

An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry

Many of us think nothing of taking a painkiller to ease a headache, or to relieve the symptoms of 'flu. But how do drugs have their effect in the human body? How are new drugs discovered and designed to be as effective as possible? An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry offers an engaging insight into the one field of chemistry that arguably has the greatest impact on our quality of life than any other. Newly structured into four parts, the book opens in Part A with an introduction to pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Pharmacodynamics considers the types of molecular targets used by drugs, the interactions which are involved when a drug meets that target, and the consequences of those interactions. Pharmacokinetics considers the issues involved in a drug reaching its target in the first place. Part B goes on to examine the general principles and strategies involved in discovering and designing new drugs and developing them for the marketplace, while Part C looks at particular 'tools of the trade' which are invaluable in those processes. Finally, Part D covers a selection of specific topics within medicinal chemistry. Reflecting a change in emphasis in medicinal chemistry research, this Part takes us from the largely trial-and-error approach to drug design to the rational approach, and explores the most recent advances in molecular biology and genetics which have revolutionised drug design. With a striking new two-colour text design, and greatly enriched learning features, the third edition conveys the fascination of working in a field which overlaps the disciplines of chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, cell biology, and pharmacology. A must-have textbook for any student of medicinal chemistry. Online Resource Centre - Figures available to download, to facilitate lecture preparation - 3D molecular structures, to enable students to visualise key structures in an interactive way - Multiple choice questions with answers, to support and encourage independent learning.

Oxford University Press; 2005

Book recommendation

David A. Williams, Thomas L. Lemke

Foye's Principles of Medicinal Chemistry

This comprehensive the Sixth Edition of this well-known text has been fully revised and updated to meet the changing curricula of medicinal chemistry courses. Emphasis is on patient-focused pharmaceutical care and on the pharmacist as a therapeutic consultant, rather than a chemist. A new disease state management section explains appropriate therapeutic options for asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and men's and women's health problems. Also new to this edition: Clinical Significance boxes, Drug Lists at the beginning of appropriate chapters, and an eight-page color insert with detailed illustrations of drug structures. NEW TO THIS EDITION: Case studies from previous editions and answers to this edition's case studies will be available online at thePoint. New section on Disease State Management (Part IV) helps students understand how asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and women's and men health issues can be treated with appropriate therapeutic options. 8-page color insert contains detailed illustrations of drug structures covered within the text. Clinical Significance boxes show students how the content in each of the chapters relates to effective pharmaceutical care. Drug Lists at the beginning of appropriate chapters are bulleted lists that provide students with a summary of the drugs covered within the chapter.

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007

Book recommendation

Bultinck, Tollenaere, Winter

Computational Medicinal Chemistry for Drug Discovery

Observing computational chemistry's proven value to the introduction of new medicines, this reference offers the techniques most frequently utilized by industry and academia for ligand design. Featuring contributions from more than fifty pre-eminent scientists, Computational Medicinal Chemistry for Drug Discovery surveys molecular structure computation, intermolecular behavior, ligand-receptor interaction, and modeling responding to market demands in its selection and authoritative treatment of topics. The book examines molecular mechanics, semi-empirical methods, wave function-based quantum chemistry, density functional theory, 3-D structure generation, and hybrid methods.

Marcel Dekker; 2004

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