IntroductionThe Royal Society of Chemistry Medicinal Chemistry Residential School will cover topics of interest to drug discovery researchers, helping to increase understanding of the factors governing modern drug discovery from the initial concept through to translational science and intellectual property. Established since 1981, our Residential School has trained many of the world’s leading medicinal chemists working in the pharmaceutical industry and academic research institutes.
Who should attend?The school is designed for graduate and post-doctoral chemists with 1-5 years’ experience in the field of drug research. Drug discovery is an interdisciplinary subject so delegates from biological or computational backgrounds will benefit from attendance at the school.
In addition, final year PhD students from pharmaceutical or organic chemistry contemplating a career in drug discovery are also encouraged to attend.
Examples of feedback from 2015 Residential School Delegates“It was an extremely worthwhile experience that greatly clarified a haze of vague knowledge, as well as taught me things I've never thought about before.”
“Great range of topics with a good balance of lectures and tutorials. I really enjoyed the week and definitely feel that I have learnt a lot. Would recommend to everyone.”
“Excellent learning environment with experienced speakers who were friendly and willing to share their experience.”
Method and StructureThe 2017 Residential School will take place over 5 days and content is delivered by experts in the field from industry and academia. The programme includes lectures focusing on the fundamental principles of drug discovery, hands-on tutorials allowing delegates to put into practice what they have learnt and case histories from previous drug discovery projects. The programme will also include an evening lecture from a distinguished speaker.
Throughout the week course tutors and speakers will be available for informal discussion and there will be plenty of opportunities to network with the broad range of academic and industrial researchers in attendance.
“I enjoyed the lectures and particularly the tutorials which made you really think about each topic. It has definitely given me different ways of thinking about data which I can take back to my lab.”
Feedback from 2015 Residential School Delegate
TopicsThe course includes the following topics:
- Target Validation
- Computational Chemistry
- Biological Mechanisms
- Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism
- Screening of New Compounds
- Molecular Biology in Medicinal Chemistry
- Exploiting a Chemical Lead
- Combinatorial Chemistry and Molecular Diversity
- Case Histories of Drug Discovery
- Toxicology in Drug Discovery
- Pharmaceutical Considerations in Drug Development
- Structure-guided Drug Design
- Physical Properties and Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships
- Hints and Tips in Medicinal Chemistry