Professor of Chemistry and Head of Chemistry Department of the Biomedical Sciences Institute Abel Salazar (ICBAS)
Anake Kijjoa is a Professor of Chemistry and Head of Chemistry Department of the Biomedical Sciences Institute Abel Salazar (ICBAS), and also a Head of the “Chemistry and Biological Activities of Marine Natural Products Research group” of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) of the University of Porto, Portugal. He received his BSc (in Pharmacy) from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand in 1974, and PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of São Paulo, Brazil in 1980 and post-doctoral position, under a supervision of to work with Professor Werner Herz, at the Department of Chemistry, The Florida State University at Tallahassee, Florida, USA His research interest is on isolation, structure elucidation and biological activity evaluation of Natural Products from plants, marine sponges, and soil and marine fungi. He has supervised several Master’s and PhD’s theses of both Portuguese and foreign students. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Marine Drugs and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of various journals in the field of Natural Products. He is a coauthor of more than 130 original research papers and several book chapters.
University of Leuven at the Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
Deirdre Cabooter completed a Master of Science in Bioengineering at the Free University of Brussels in 2005, after which she obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the same university in 2009. The main topic of her PhD was the comparison and evaluation of novel techniques in the field of liquid chromatography. After her PhD, she obtained a post-doc fellowship from the Research Foundation Flanders (2009-2011) of which she spent one year at Stellenbosch University (South Africa) where her research was primarily focused on the analysis of natural products. In October 2011, she obtained a research professor position (tenure-track) at the University of Leuven at the Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences. She was appointed associate professor at the same department in October 2016. Her current research is directed towards a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of chromatography, the evaluation of novel supports in chromatography, the analysis of complex samples in diverse fields of application, retention modeling and solutions for automated method development. She has published 62 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and is currently (co-) promoter of 7 PhD students. In 2016, she appeared in the Top 50 most influential women in analytical sciences of the Analytical Scientist. She is also the recipient of the 2017 LCGC Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award.
Omer Iqbal, MD, FACC, FESC is a Professor in the departments of Pathology and Ophthalmology at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois, USA. He is a physician-scientist and an elected fellow in the American College of Cardiology and European Society of Cardiology. For nearly three decades he has been actively involved in research in the fields of Hemostasis and Thrombosis. His scientific interests are wide and varied including, interventional cardiology, hemostasis & thrombosis, personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, pharmacogenetics, pharmacovigilance, cancer-associated hypercoagulable states, new anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and thrombolytic drugs. In the field of Ophthalmology he is interested in Age-related macular degeneration, Keratoconus, Stevens Johnson Syndrome/Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy, especially the role of mitochondrial dysfunction, ocular surface disease and Graft Versus Host Disease. He is currently working on the mechanism of action and point-of-care monitoring of Heparin, Low Molecular Weight Heparins, New Oral Anticoagulant Drugs. He is a member of numerous national and international scientific organizations including ACC, ESC, ISTH, IUA, ASH, and ASCO. He is on the editorial boards of several scientific journals. He is an invited speaker at several national and international meetings. He has authored and co-authored over 200 publications in peer- reviewed journals.
PhD: Jan 2000 in Medicinal Chemistry
Career and Positions
2003-2011 President, Khon Kaen University
Professional Organization Involvement
1) President, the Pharmacy Education Consortium of Thailand, 2002-2003
National Organization Involvement
Member, the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand (Equivalent to the Senator),2006-2008
Regional and International Organization Involvement
-Board of Council, the Mekong Institute (the regional organization governed by the government of 6 Greater Mekong Subregion countries (2003-2010)