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This meeting took place in 2006

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Structure Based Drug Discovery (D6)

Organizer(s) Stephen K. Burley, Brian K. Shoichet and Paul A. Bartlett
April 4—9, 2006
Fairmont Chateau Whistler • Whistler, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Dec 5, 2005
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 28, 2005
Scholarship Deadline: Dec 5, 2005
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 3, 2006

Sponsored by Chiron Corporation

Summary of Meeting:
This conference will focus on several exciting new developments in Structure Based Drug Discovery, including: fragment based lead discovery/lead optimization, high-throughput X-ray and NMR structure determination of protein ligand complexes, computational analyses of ligand-receptor interactions and prediction of novel ligands, ligand binding selectivity, and ADME/toxicity properties. Major/pivotal problems facing both academic and industrial scientists include the following: (a) understanding precisely what constitutes a good starting point for lead optimization (b) understanding how best to optimize selectivity and avoid problems with ADME/toxicity (c) understanding the limitations of currently available in silico methods (d) understanding how to combine the results of biophysical characterization of protein-ligand interactions with medicinal chemistry to produce potent/selective lead compounds and (e) developing sufficient expertise/experience to bring membrane proteins and macromolecular interactions within the purview of structure based drug discovery. Upon completion of this conference, participants should: - Appreciate the challenges represented by membrane proteins and macromolecular interactions as targets for structure based drug discovery. - Understand current approaches to fragment based drug discovery. - Appreciate the state-of-the-art in automated approaches to determination of protein-ligand complex structures with solution NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. - Understand the roles that homology modeling and computational docking play in structure based drug discovery. - Appreciate the contributions that structural studies can make to lead optimization and our understanding of selectivity and ADME/Toxicity. - Understand the limitations of current in silico methods for de novo drug discovery.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: December 5, 2005 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to 1,200 USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation, lodging costs, and a portion of meeting registration. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.


To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:

A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic institute at the start of the meeting for which you are applying. Note: a graduate student is defined as a student who is studying for a higher degree at an academic institution. A postdoctoral fellow is defined as an individual with a Ph.D., M.D., or DVM degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue their desired career path, and is within 6 years of these degrees.

Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
    • Organization (e.g. the abstract has a clear beginning, middle and end)
    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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