November 29-30, 2021

3rd International Conference on Photopharmacology

Join us for the latest in design, synthesis and application of drugs and molecular probes controlled by light!

Started in Groningen in 2017, then hosted in Barcelona in 2018, we are proud to host the 3rd installment of Photopharmacology. The scientific program for Photopharmacology III includes invited and contributed lectures, as well as a vibrant poster session.

Dirk Trauner & Drew Woolley

Meeting Themes

Photopharmacology can be defined as an attempt to control biological function with synthetic molecules that confer light-sensitivity to their cellular targets. The field has been emerging rapidly over the last few decades; however, much work is still needed to unlock the translational potential of exciting proof-of-concept discoveries. With this goal in mind, Photopharmacology III aims to bring together leading researchers in order to debate, present, and, more importantly, foster cooperation between their own areas of expertise. One topic of discussion at the conference will be the future role of photopharmacology in human medicine and its relation to more established fields of photomedicine, such as photodynamic therapy. The restoration of vision is another area where photopharmacology can impact medicine. Another topic of interest is the relationship between photopharmacology and optogenetics, which have a shared history, are in some respects indistinguishable, and face similar challenges in terms of light delivery and cellular targeting. Emerging techniques that meet these challenges will be discussed at the conference. New photoswitches and photocaging groups will be introduced and strategies debated how to optimize their photophysical and thermal properties and make their synthesis more reliable, efficient, and scalable. The application of such switches to new biological targets in a variety cells, tissues, and organisms will demonstrate the usefulness of photopharmacology for the perturbation, control, and restoration of biological function with light.


Join us in welcoming our distinguished speakers from around the world.

  • Viviana Agus

    Viviana Agus

    Axxam SpA

  • Hans-Dieter Arndt

    Hans-Dieter Arndt

    Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

  • Matthew Banghart

    Matthew Banghart

    UC San Diego

  • Theresa Busch

    Theresa Busch

    University of Pennsylvania

  • Erick Carreira

    Erick Carreira

    ETH Zürich

  • Alexander Deiters

    Alexander Deiters

    University of Pittsburgh

  • Graham Ellis-Davies

    Graham Ellis-Davies

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Ben Feringa

    Ben Feringa

    University of Groningen

  • James Frank

    James Frank

    Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University

  • Pau Gorostiza

    Pau Gorostiza

    Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia

  • Tayyaba Hasan

    Tayyaba Hasan

    Harvard Medical School

  • Peter Hegemann

    Peter Hegemann

    Humboldt University of Berlin

  • Rainer Herges

    Rainer Herges

    University of Kiel

  • Ehud Isacoff

    Ehud Isacoff

    UC Berkeley

  • Harald Janovjak

    Harald Janovjak

    Monash University

  • Penny Lam

    Penny Lam

    Medical College of Wisconsin

  • Rob Leurs

    Rob Leurs

    VU Amsterdam

  • Josh Levitz

    Josh Levitz

    Weill Cornell Medicine

  • Amadeu Llebaria

    Amadeu Llebaria

    Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia

  • Pierre Paoletti

    Pierre Paoletti

    École Normale Supérieure, Paris

  • John Rogers

    John Rogers

    Northwestern University

  • Wiktor Szymanski

    Wiktor Szymanski

    University of Groningen

  • Nobuyuki Tamaoki

    Nobuyuki Tamaoki

    Hokkaido University

  • Oliver Thorn-Seshold

    Oliver Thorn-Seshold

    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  • Weiping Wang

    Weiping Wang

    University of Hong Kong


  • Dirk Trauner

    Dirk Trauner

    New York University

  • Drew Woolley

    Drew Woolley

    University of Toronto

Our sponsors

We are grateful to our sponsors who made this conference possible

  • Genentech
  • Department of Chemistry | University of Toronto
  • New York University


Online event

Registration period

September 7, 2021 - 19:00 until November 30, 2021 - 16:30

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