I attended a departmental seminar today, entitled “drug discovery in tropical diseases” and given by Matthew Todd.
Much of the talk focused on the synthesis of praziquantel, a drug used to treat schistosomiasis. Interesting, though organic chemistry isn’t my strong point. However, it turns out that Matthew is one of the faces behind The Synaptic Leap and he devoted a few slides to TSL, Jean-Claude Bradley’s Useful Chemistry blog and the concept of open science.
This might be the first time in 7 years that I’ve heard anyone in Australia talk about open science in a university seminar. Note this day and may there be many more.