November 27-29, 2023

4th 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, in New York (by Zoom) in 2021, we are proud to host the 4th installment of Photopharmacology. This event is co-organized by Department of Pharmacology & Pharmacy, The State Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, and Dr Li Dak-Sum Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong. The scientific program for Photopharmacology IV includes invited and contributed lectures, as well as a vibrant poster session.

Dr Weiping Wang
The University of Hong Kong

Meeting Themes

Photopharmacology aims at using photosensitive compounds combined with light irradiation to spatiotemporally control their structures and functions. This property allows for the use of light as an external control for therapeutic applications and research tools. Photopharmacology is a multidisciplinary field that integrates chemistry, biology, and pharmacology, which has been emerging rapidly in the recent years. However, more problems still need to be solved for the clinical translation of light-responsive materials. Bearing this in mind, Photopharmacology IV seeks to bring together world experts in photopharmacology to present, discuss, and collaborate between their own areas of expertise. One topic of interest at the conference will be the prospective clinical translation attempts of the light-responsive compounds or materials, which are designed for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer as well as skin and eye diseases, etc. Another topic of interest is the relationship between photopharmacology and photoresponsive drug delivery, which are based on similar photochemistry techniques and application objectives. The design of novel photosensitive molecules with long-wavelength excitation and high responsiveness for deep-seated diseases will be discussed in terms of photochemistry and light delivery. During the conference, emerging photoswitches and photocaging groups that meet these challenges will be introduced. In addition, new strategies on optogenetics, photodynamic therapy and photothermal therapy will be introduced and discussed.

Important Dates

Abstract submission
- Deadline for poster submission is extended to Aug 31, 2023 23:30 HKT (GMT+8)
- Deadline for oral submission is now CLOSED

Early Bird Registration
- Discount rate extended to Aug 31, 2023

Regular Registration
- Close on Nov 24, 2023

Meeting Information

Date: 27 - 29 November 2023

Time: 09:00 to 18:00 (Registration starts at 08:30)

Venue: The Board Room, 1/F, Faculty Adminstration Wing, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, 21 Sassoon Road, Hong Kong

Meeting Information

Speakers

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

  • Nobel Laureate Professor Ben Feringa

    Nobel Laureate Professor Ben Feringa

    University of Groningen, the Netherlands

  • Erick Carreira

    Erick Carreira

    ETH Zürich, Switzerland

  • Henry Chan

    Henry Chan

    Hong Kong Dermatology and Laser Centre

  • Liting Duan

    Liting Duan

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

  • Pau Gorostiza

    Pau Gorostiza

    Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, Spain

  • Colin Hopper

    Colin Hopper

    University College London, UK

  • Jae-Woong Jeong

    Jae-Woong Jeong

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea

  • Heath Johnson

    Heath Johnson

    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

  • Won Jong Kim

    Won Jong Kim

    Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea

  • Petr Klán

    Petr Klán

    Masaryk University, Czech Republic

  • Lele Li

    Lele Li

    National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China

  • Minyong Li

    Minyong Li

    Shandong University, China

  • Huiyu Liu

    Huiyu Liu

    Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China

  • Qian Liu

    Qian Liu

    Fudan University, China

  • Amadeu Llebaria

    Amadeu Llebaria

    Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia, Spain

  • Sherri A. McFarland

    Sherri A. McFarland

    The University of Texas at Arlington, USA

  • Guangjun Nie

    Guangjun Nie

    National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China

  • Yuan Ping

    Yuan Ping

    Zhejiang University, China

  • Kanyi Pu

    Kanyi Pu

    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Fei Sun

    Fei Sun

    The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR

  • Wiktor Szymanski

    Wiktor Szymanski

    University of Groningen, the Netherlands

  • Nobuyuki Tamaoki

    Nobuyuki Tamaoki

    Hokkaido University, Japan

  • Ben Zhong Tang

    Ben Zhong Tang

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China

  • Oliver Thorn-Seshold

    Oliver Thorn-Seshold

    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Gernmany

  • Dirk Trauner

    Dirk Trauner

    New York University, USA

  • Periru Wang

    Periru Wang

    Shanghai Dermatology Hospital, China

  • Prof. Andrew Woolley

    Prof. Andrew Woolley

    University of Toronto, Canada

  • Si Wu

    Si Wu

    University of Science and Technology of China, China

  • Nobuhiro Yanai

    Nobuhiro Yanai

    Kyushu University, Japan

  • Changyou Zhan

    Changyou Zhan

    Fudan University, China

  • Yong Zhang

    Yong Zhang

    City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

  • Guangyu Zhu

    Guangyu Zhu

    City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

Organizing Committee Chairman

  • Weiping Wang

    Weiping Wang

    The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR

International Organizing Committee Members:

Professor Ben. L. Feringa (Nobel Prize Laureate), University of Groningen
Professor Pau Gorostiza, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia
Professor Amadeu Llebaria, Institute for Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia
Professor Wiktor Szymanski, University of Groningen
Professor Dirk Trauner, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Andrew Woolley, University of Toronto

Local Organizing Committee Members:

Professor Ying Chau, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Prof. Wai-Lung Ng, School of Pharmacy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr. Hongyan Sun, Department of Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong
Professor Paul Kwong-Hang Tam, Vice President, Macau University of Science and Technology
Professor Alice S.T. Wong, Associate Vice-President (Research); Interim Director, Dr. Li Dak-Sum Research Centre; Interim Director, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
Professor Ian C.K. Wong, Head, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, The University of Hong Kong
Professor Aimin Xu, Director, The State Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Xin Zhao, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Official Hotel Block

PPIV has secured discounted housing rates for Nov Meeting 2023 attendees at our headquarter hotel, the Jen Hotel by Shangri-la. For room booking please send your request to ppiv@talent-links.com for quotations.

Official Hotel Block

Organizers

  • Dept of Pharmacology & Pharmacy
  • State Key Lab of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
  • Dr Li Dak-Sum Research Centre
  • Advanced Biomedical Instructmentation Centre

Supporting Organization

  • KC Wong Education Foundation
  • The Hong Kong Association of the Pharmaceuticals Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Hong Kong

Sponsors

  • Beckman Coulter
  • Dickmann
  • Huabao
  • Olink
  • Wiley

Previous Conferences

  • 1st International Conference on Photopharmacology
  • 2nd International Conference on Photopharmacology
  • 3rd International Conference on Photopharmacology

Location

LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

21, Sassoon Road Hong Kong Island Hong Kong

Registration period

May 25, 2023 - 12:00 AM until November 25, 2023 - 12:00 AM

Submission period

May 25, 2023 - 12:00 AM until November 12, 2023 - 12:00 AM

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact ppiv@talent-links.com .