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Special Issue "In Honor of Giovanni Natile’s 80th Birthday: Metals in Biology and Medicine"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2023 | Viewed by 271

Special Issue Editors

Department of Industrial Engineering, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padua, Italy
Interests: organometallic and coordination systems; platinum systems; catalysis; bioactive inorganic materials; nanomaterials; magnetic materials; magnetic hyperhermia; hybrid materials; multifunctional polymer composites and nanocomposites
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies (DISTEBA), University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
Interests: transition metals (specially platinum) coordination organometallic; bioinorganic chemistry; applications of high field NMR Spectroscopy in the fields of chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical and food sciences

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Giovanni Natile was born in November 1944 in Putignano (Bari, Italy). After graduating in Chemistry in 1968 from the University of Padua, he devoted himself to general and inorganic chemistry as the foundation for a better knowledge of the biochemical and biological processes to be translated in medicinal applications. Chemistry, in this area, has in fact contributed to the understanding of some physiological and pathological processes and to the development of modern pharmacology. Since 1981, he has been a Professor of General and Inorganic Chemistry in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Bari, Italy. As President of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI), Giovanni Natile has worked devotedly to strengthen its editorial policy and to encourage the collaboration with other European chemical societies to improve their partnership and initiated actions to promote the diffusion of chemical knowledge at all levels of society. As European Chemical Society (EuChemS) President (2005-2008), Giovanni Natile chaired its launch event at the European Parliament in 2006, bringing together representatives of the Parliament and the Commission with guests from the key European organizations involved in chemical sciences. With his support, EuCheMS, having signed a declaration on sustainable development, played a prominent role in developing policies, holding meetings in Brussels to publicize reports on energy and sustainable water management. He supported the creation of the European Young Chemists Network and the launch of the European Young Chemist Award. He led EuCheMS in strengthening its links with sister organizations, including the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the European Physical Society (EPS). He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Bari.

Giovanni Natile has offered an invaluable contribution to the development and understanding of bioinorganic chemistry of anticancer transition metal organometallic complexes, authoring more than 300 papers. His research activity, which ranges from the first trans-platinum systems with cytotoxic activity, the antitumor activity of Pt(IV) compounds, to the occurrence and overcoming of resistance, metal interference, and the mechanisms of metals’ cellular uptake, has proved the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in science.

This anniversary Special Issue, entitled “In Honor of Giovanni Natile’s 80th Birthday: Metals in Biology and Medicine”, aims to honor his scientific career by collecting papers concerning the chemistry of metals in biological systems and in medicine, dealing with metalloenzymes and metal-based drugs, retracing the path that, from cisplatin, led to the discovery of new metal compounds in cancer therapy and the understanding of metals’ role in the tumors' development.

Prof. Dr. Roberta Bertani
Prof. Dr. Francesco Paolo Fanizzi
Dr. Nicola Margiotta
Guest Editors

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