Workshop provides training in computer-aided drug design


Trivandrum: More than 50 researchers and scientists from around India have been getting hands on experience in cutting-edge drug design tools and simulation software at a national workshop organised at the Indian Institute of information Technology and Management – Kerala (IIITM-K) based in the Technopark campus here.

The four-day workshop on Computer Aided Drug Design and Development, jointly organised by the Srinivasa Ramanujan Institute for Basic Science (SRIBS), Kottayam; the Kerala Biotechnology Commission (KBC); and the Kerala State Council for Science Technology & Environment (KSCSTE) along with IIITM-K, concludes on Sunday, March 30.

Lectures and talks delivered by eminent academicians and scientists on the first two days of the event focused on a number of key topics in drug design including target structure validation and simulation; lead identification; virtual screening; chemoinformatics and its applications, ligand-based and structure-based design and QSAR approaches to drug design.

The participants also got hands-on training in key digital tools for drug design such as the chemical simulation software Schrodinger, and the integrated drug discovery platform MOE.

Eminent scientists and academicians including Dr. V N Balaji (Former Informatics Division Head, Monsanto, Bangalore); Dr. Deva Priyakumar (IIIT-Hyderabad); Dr. Karthikeyan (NCL, Pune); Dr. Muraleedharan K M (IIT Madras) handled the various theory sessions. Vinod Devaraj, R Raghu and Dr. M Ravikumar (Schrodinger, India) led the workshop sessions. Prof. P R Sudhakaran (KBC) and Prof. V N Rajasekharan Pillai (KSCSTE) also addressed the audience.

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