The Nauta Chair

In 1999 the Board of the VU University approved a proposal of the Nauta Foundation to appoint at each year - or less frequently - a renowned scientist working in the field of research of the department Pharmacochemistry (later renamed as Pharmaceutical Sciences ) for a period of 1-2 weeks as Nauta Professor. This temporary position does not concern a regular professorship - with all consequences - but is meant to allow the Nauta professor to present during the period of appointment lectures and courses as a professor. The appointment will be at the Faculty of Sciences.
The courses and lectures will be open for any student or scientist at no charge. During the professorship the Nauta Professor will be requested to present a Nauta Lecture.
The costs involved with the appointment and the execution of the programme will be beared by the Nauta Foundation.
We list the Nauta Professors and briefly their programmes during the stay at the VU Universtity.

This year prof. H. Kubinyi will hold the Nauta Chair, see Nauta Lectures 2008
The Nauta Chair Lecture 2008 is entitled:

Chemogenomics in Drug Discovery

Wednesday November 19th, at 4 p.m. Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Sciences Q105

Professor Em. Hugo Kubinyi, BASF Ludwigshafen and University of Heidelberg, Germany.
For more information about professor Kubinyi, see his website:

  • Peter Grootenhuis (2006)
    Vertex Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, USA and VU University.

    The lecture course of Professor Grootenhuis was on 'Computational Concepts , Strategy and Methods in Drug Discovery'.
    His Nauta Lecture concerned a case study 'discovery of CFTR Modulators - Towards a Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis'.

  • Fred Regnier (2004)
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA.

    The course professor Regnier presented has been on 'The Science and Application of Separating Proteins'.
    The Nauta Lecture had as title 'Proteomics as a Tool in the Search for Disease Markers'.

  • Gerd Folkers (2002)
    ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

    Prof Folkers's course has been on 'New Strategies in Drug Design Technologies'.
    The Nauta Lecture was on the topic 'Designing the Keys and Engineering the Locks' - Molecular Design Approaches for Gene Switches.

  • Graeme Milligan(2001)
    University of Glasgow, Scotland
    Prof. Milligan's course was on 'Modern developments in receptor pharmacology'. His Nauta Lecture was presented under the title: 'New fluorescence technologies in drug research'.