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International Conferences on Pterins and Folates*

1. Paris, France, September 28-30, 1952 (Organized by: M.Polonovski)

2. London, England, UK, March 22-26, 1954 (Organized by: W.Jacobsen and A.Albert)

3. Stuttgart, Germany, September 1962 (Organized by: W.Pfleiderer and E.C.Taylor)

4. Toba, Japan, July 21-25, 1969 (Organized by: K.Nakanishi)

5. Konstanz, Germany, April 14-18, 1975 (Organized by: W.Pfleiderer)

6. La Jolla, California, USA; September 25-28, 1978 (Organized by: G.M.Brown, J.J.Burchall, F.M.Huennekens, R.L.Kisliuk, S.Kaufman, J.A.Montgomery, T.Shiota, J.M.Whiteley)

7. St. Andrews, Scotland, UK, September 21-24, 1982 (Organized by: J.A.Blair, H.Woods)

8. Montreal, Canada, June 15-20, 1986 (Organized by: B.A.Cooper, M.V.Whitehead)

9. Zürich, Switzerland, September 3-8, 1989 (Organized by: H.Ch.Curtius, S.Ghisla, N.Blau)

10. Orange Beach, Alabama, USA, March 21-23, 1993 (Organized by: J.Ayling, G.Nair, C.Baugh)

11. Berchtesgaden, Germany, June 15-20, 1997 (Organized by: W.Pfleiderer, H.Rokos)

12. Bethesda, Maryland, USA, June 17-22, 2001 (Organized by: S.Milstien, G.Kapatos, R.Levine, B.Shane)

13. Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, June 20-24, 2005 (Organized by: G.Jansen, G.Peters)

14. Jeju, Korea, June 7-12, 2009 (Organized by: J.Yim, N.Blau)

15. Anatalya, Turkey, May 9-13, 2012 (Organized by: T.Baydar, E.R.Werner, G.Sahin, D.Fuchs)

*Information on meetings 1 to 7 is based on an article by Adrain Albert. How it all began: A brief history of the Pteridine Symposia. In: Cooper BA, Whitehead VM, eds. Chemistry and Biology of Pteridines and Folic Acid Derivatives. Berlin-NewYork: Walter deGruyter 1986; 1-12.

Gowland Hopkins Lectures delivered at International Conferences on Pterins & Folates

This lecture is awarded to eminent researchers in the field of pteridines and folates and is held in memory of Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861-1947), who won the Noble Price for Physiology and Medicine in 1929 (with Christiaan Eijkman) for the discovery of vitamins. Hopkins did also pioneering work in pteridine research, including the first description of the yellow butterfly pigments (Nature (London) 1889;40:335).

Frank M. Huennekens
(Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, La Jolla, CA, USA)
"Transport of folate and pterin compounds"

Stephen J. Benkovic
(The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA)
mechanism of action of folate and pterin requiring enzymes"

Gene M.Brown
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA) 
"Biosynthesis of tetrahydrobiopterin and related compounds"

Wolfgang Pfleiderer
(Universität Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany)
pteridines - a chemical hobby"
Edward C. Taylor (Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA)
and synthesis of inhibitors of folate-dependent enzymes as antitumor agents"

John M. Scott
(Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)
"Folate and the
prevention of disease"

Rowena G. Matthews
(University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA)
methionine: a love affair with folate"

Nenad Blau
(Universität Zürich, Zürich, Schweiz)
and metabolic bases of phenylketonuria and tetrahydrobiopterin deficiencies"
Barry Shane (University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA)
genetic models for investigating the regulation of one-carbon metabolism"


Gregory Kapatos (Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA)
ups and downs of GTP cyclohydrolase I: a neuroscience point of view"
Dean Appling
(University of Texas, at Austin, Austin, TX, USA)
Enzymology of mammalian mitochondrial one-carbon metabolism”


Ernst R. Werner (Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck Austria)
Three classes of tetrahydrobiopterin-dependent enzymes”