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This meeting took place in 2005

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Drugs Against Protozoan Parasites: Target Selection, Structural Biology and Medicinal Chemistry (X6)

Organizer(s) Margaret A. Phillips, Pradipsinh K. Rathod and William N. Hunter
April 9—13, 2005
Copper Mountain Resort • Copper Mountain, Colorado USA
Abstract Deadline: Dec 8, 2004
Late Abstract Deadline:
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 8, 2004
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 9, 2005

Part of the Global Health Series, Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Sponsored by the International Center for Tropical Disease Research

Summary of Meeting:
Appreciate important issues in parasite drug development: Hundreds of millions of people worldwide suffer from diseases caused by protozoan parasites. Effective drugs are lacking for sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis, and current therapies for treating malaria are at risk due to drug resistance. Thus, the development of new lines of anti-protozoan agents is urgently needed. With the sequencing of genomes of organisms responsible for malaria, sleeping sickness, and leishmaniasis, this is an exciting time for the discovery and evaluation of new drug targets, especially when combined with structural biology, combinatorial chemistry, and parasite genetics. Groups of talks, given by chemists, structural biologists, and parasitologists, will exemplify the power of multi-disciplinary collaborations. Experts in drug development outside of parasitology will also be invited in an effort to stimulate their interests in tropical medicine and to learn from their experiences.

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Scholarship Deadline: December 8, 2004 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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