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EMBL-EBI-Wellcome Trust Workshop on Resources for Computational Drug Discovery

17-21 November 2014
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Application deadline has now passed  (draft programme available here)

Workshop overview 

This workshop provides participants with the underlying principles of computational chemical biology and addresses 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 is suitable for both academic and industrial researchers interested in drug discovery from a range of biological disciplines. An undergraduate level of biology is essential and participants should have a basic understanding of UNIX, programming and running simple scripts (such as python).   


Syllabus, Tools and Resources 

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 

Scientific Organisers
Anna Gaulton, EMBL-EBI
Tom Hancocks, EMBL-EBI
Anne Hersey, EMBL-EBI
John Overington, EMLB-EBI
George Papadatos, EMBL-EBI


How to Apply

Registration Fees:  

Registration with Single Accommodation  


For the duration of the Joint EMBL-EBI/Wellcome Trust Computational Drug Discovery workshop, accommodation, catering, and tutoring are included in the registration fee. The registration fee will be requested at the time of confirmation of your acceptance.


Accommodation will be onsite, at The Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, for the nights of  17, 18, 19 and 20 November 2014.  

Application deadline: 1 August 2014

Places on this workshop are limited to 30 and will be awarded on merit. You will be required to complete an online application form when registering. 


You will be asked to complete the following information:
- Qualifications & justification for attendance
- Any relevant publications
- A scientific outline of your current research project
- Details of your supervisor. Your supervisor will then receive an e-mail requesting a supporting statement to complete your application.

Please note: Applications cannot be considered without a supervisor's supporting statement. Please notify your supervisor that they will receive an e-mail from the Wellcome Trust asking them to complete your application by submitting a supporting statement.

The selection process will take place by 7 September 2014.  



A limited number of registration bursaries are available for Phd Students to attend this workshop (up to50% of the registration fee). To apply for a bursary please contact Lucy Criddle on by 1 August 2014

Travel Visas

If you require a letter of acceptance in order to obtain a travel Visa please e-mail This can only be provided once the registration fee has been received.

Workshop organiser contact details:
Lucy Criddle
Direct dial: +44 (0) 1223 495004
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495023




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