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Free Radicals in Chemical Biology - Welcome

CMST Action CM0603

Time: Sept. 15, 2007 - June 14, 2011

The main objective of the Action is to promote a chemical biology approach for the investigation of free radical pathways. Chemical reactivity and molecular libraries are the start of a multidisciplinary research context "from small molecules to large systems", culminating in the biological complexity. The Action aims at improving communication and exchange among neighbouring scientific fields, such as chemistry with several domains of life sciences, specifically addressing the real barrier consisting of specialist language and tools.
Four working groups (WG1-WG4) address the formation, reactivity and fate of free radicals involving bio-molecules, such as unsaturated lipids, aromatic-, cyclic- and sulphur-containing amino acid residues, sugar and base moieties of nucleic acids. Tasks concern the role of free radicals in normal cell metabolism and in damages, defining structural and functional modifications, in the framework of physiologically and pathologically related processes relevant to human quality of life and health. The Action also promotes the training of young researchers in multi-faceted research tasks.
Chair: Dr. Chryssostomos Chatgilialoglu, Consiglio Nazionale dele Ricerche, ISOF,
Via P. Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy, +30 051 630 83 09,
Vice-Chair: Prof. Troels Skrydstrup, Aarhus University, Department of Chemistry, Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark, +45 89 423 932,
European Countries (22) participating to the Action


Countries: 22

Research groups: 47

Chemical Biology is:
  • A discipline that links chemistry to biology
  • Chemistry suggests to biology the molecular basis of complex functions
  • Use of molecular systems and libraries to study the biological functioning
  • From models to the complexity of living organisms
  • Better insights of still unknown biological pathways
  • Application to health