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American Chemical Society appoints Craig Lindsley editor in chief of ‘Journal of Medicinal Chemistry’

Craig Lindsley, William K. Warren, Jr. Chair in Medicine and University Professor of chemistry, pharmacology and biochemistry, has been named editor in chief of the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. His appointment will begin Jan. 1. 

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Craig Lindsley (John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Lindsley is also interim editor in chief of  ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science  and editor in chief of ACS Chemical Neuroscience. At Vanderbilt, he is director of the Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery. Lindsley’s research interests include synthetic organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. His lab’s research outcomes contribute to the development of therapeutics for cancer, neurological disorders (including anxiety and Parkinson’s disease) and endocrine disorders like obesity and diabetes. 

“The  Journal of Medicinal Chemistry  plays a critical role in not only disseminating the most important advances in drug discovery, but also in providing content that trains current and future generations of medicinal chemists and drug discovery scientists,” Lindsley said. “Serving as EIC of the  Journal of Medicinal Chemistry  is an honor beyond words. I look forward to building on the amazing legacy of my four esteemed predecessors, including most recently the great work of Gunda Georg and Shaomeng Wang.”  

The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry publishes material focused on the relationship between molecular structure and biological activity or mode of action. “JMC is the preeminent journal in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery of the world,” said Lawrence Marnett, dean of School of Medicine Basic Sciences. “We are thrilled for Craig and look forward to watching him lead JMC in the years ahead.”  

“Professor Lindsley has shown excellent leadership at ACS Chemical Neuroscience, and I know he’s the right person to lead the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry,” said James Milne, president of ACS Publications Division, in a release. “I am looking forward to seeing his experience and perspective shape the journal over the coming years.”