2010 2011
Workshop  Symposium on Mathematics in Drug Discovery
September 25  29, 2010

Mathematical and computational techniques are used extensively in drug discovery research. Most are hidden within software packages and the enduser is barely aware of them. This residential workshop and symposium in the DSTIISc Year of Mathematical Biology aims to educate participants about the fundamental mathematical principles and techniques used at various stages of the drug discovery process, and to give a glimpse of ongoing research activities in these areas. It is targeted at final year Masters degree students, doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and young researchers from both physical and life sciences backgrounds who are interested in the field of drug discovery. This activity is jointly organized by the DST Centre for Mathematical Biology at IISC, the IISc Mathematics Initiative, Piramal Life Sciences Ltd and NCLPune.
Topics for the workshop:
 Mathematics in description/analysis of small organic molecules – energy functions, descriptors etc
 Mathematics in developing models of 3D structures of proteins – from XRD data, NMR data and computational approaches
 Mathematics in analysis of protein 3D structures – protein flexibility using molecular dynamics simulations, normal mode analysis, graph theory
 Mathematics in matching 3D shapes and features of small molecule and protein binding pocket – docking
 Mathematics in modeling pharmacokinetics/ pharmacodynamics
 Mathematical modeling of structure – activity relationships – QSAR
There will be a few symposiumstyle talks by researchers on original theoretical work done by them and case studies of applications covered in the Workshop.
