Resources for Computational Drug Discovery

2–6 November 2015

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


Run jointly with EMBL-EBI, this workshop will provide participants with
the underlying principles of computational chemical biology and address
how these methods are applied in the field of drug discovery. It will
explore approaches to accessing data, combining different data types and
introduce the tools available to assist analysis work. Practical sessions
will guide participants in retrieving and analysing chemogenomic,
proteomic and metabolomic data for target analysis.

Target audience
This workshop attracts both academic and industrial researchers
interested in drug discovery, from a range of biological and chemical
disciplines. An undergraduate level of biology is essential and
participants should also have a basic understanding of UNIX, programming
and running simple scripts (such as python).

Places on this workshop are limited to 30 and will be awarded on


During this workshop you will learn about:

  • Approaches in computational drug discovery
  • EMBL-EBI chemical biology resources
  • PDBe for structural models
  • ZINC purchasable compound database
  • canSAR drug discovery platform

For a basic introduction to the Unix environment, visit:

Learning objectives

After this workshop you should be able to:
  • Access publicly available chemical biology databases
  • Define strategies for identifying and selecting bioactive molecules for screening
  • Apply computational chemistry and biology tools for compound design and target evaluation
  • Develop strategies for drug reuse and repositioning

Instructors and speakers

Scientific programme committee
Anna Gaulton EMBL-EBI, UK
Tom Hancocks EMBL-EBI, UK
Anne Hersey EMBL-EBI, UK
George Papadatos EMBL-EBI, UK

Confirmed tutors
Bissan Al-Lazikani The Institute of Cancer Research,
Francis Atkinson EMBL-EBI, UK
John Berrisford EMBL-EBI, UK
Nathan Brown The Institute of Cancer Research, UK
Jon Chambers EMBL-EBI, UK
Ian Dunham EMBL-EBI, UK
Val Gillet University of Sheffield, UK
Darren Green GlaxoSmithKline, UK
Aroon Hingorani UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science,
John Irwin University of California San Francisco,
Felix Kruger EMBL-EBI, UK
Benoit Laleu Medicines for Malaria Venture,
Grace Mugumbate EMBL-EBI, UK
John Overington Stratified Medical, UK
Julio Saez-Rodriguez EMBL-EBI, UK


How to apply

The workshop is subsidised by the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses
and Scientific Conferences Programme. This is a residential workshop and
there is a fee of £500 towards board and lodging for non-commercial
applicants. Please contact us for the commercial fee.

Accommodation (at The Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Hinxton,
Cambridge, for the nights of  2,3,4 and 5 November 2015), catering
and tutoring are included in the registration fee. Payment will be
requested following confirmation of acceptance on the course.

Applications for this course can be completed online. If you have any
problems with the online application process, please contact us.

Please note: Applications
must be supported by a
recommendation from a scientific or clinical sponsor (e.g. supervisor or
head of department). A request for a supporting
statement will be sent
to your nominated sponsor automatically during
the application process.
Applicants must ensure that their sponsor
provides this supporting
statement by the application deadline. Applications without a supporting
statement cannot be considered.

Deadline for Applications: Closed



Bursaries are not available for this workshop.

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