Cancer Drug Discovery: Creating Cancer Therapies

“Empowering Innovation for Cancer Therapies: Unveiling the Future of Cancer Drug Discovery”

About Course:

This comprehensive workshop is a unique opportunity for researchers, pharmaceutical professionals, and medical experts to converge and explore the cutting-edge realms of cancer therapy innovation. Delving into the intricacies of drug discovery for combating cancer, this workshop promises in-depth insights into the latest advancements, breakthrough methodologies, and novel approaches in the field. Participants will engage in interactive sessions, hands-on demonstrations, and profound discussions, fostering a collaborative environment aimed at accelerating the development of life-changing cancer treatments. Together, we aim to inspire, educate, and drive impactful progress in the quest to conquer cancer.”

Aim: The primary aim of the ‘Cancer Drug Discovery: A Workshop on Creating Cancer Therapies’ is to convene experts and enthusiasts in the field of oncology to collectively explore, innovate, and advance the frontiers of cancer therapy development. This workshop endeavors to foster collaboration, share cutting-edge knowledge, and facilitate discussions on groundbreaking approaches, empowering attendees to contribute towards the accelerated creation of novel and effective treatments for combating cancer. Through interactive sessions and shared expertise, the workshop aims to inspire advancements in cancer drug discovery, ultimately striving for improved patient outcomes and a significant impact on the fight against cancer.

Course Objectives:

  • Educate on Cancer Biology: To impart a deep understanding of the fundamental biological aspects of cancer cells, their behavior, and the specific characteristics that drive their growth and proliferation.
  • Explore Drug Development Principles: To introduce participants to the key principles and methodologies involved in developing and testing potential cancer therapies, including pharmaceutical compounds and treatment strategies.
  • Introduce Advanced Research Techniques: To familiarize participants with cutting-edge research methodologies, laboratory techniques, and technological advancements utilized in the field of cancer drug discovery.
  • Highlight Clinical Trial Procedures: To provide insights into the intricacies of clinical trials, including the design, implementation, and regulatory compliance required for testing and validating new cancer treatments.
  • Emphasize Data Analysis and Interpretation: To equip attendees with the necessary skills to analyze and interpret complex data sets related to cancer treatments, allowing for better decision-making and understanding of treatment efficacy.
  • Discuss Ethical and Regulatory Aspects: To engage participants in discussions around the ethical considerations, legal regulations, and compliance standards relevant to cancer drug development and clinical research.
  • Promote Collaboration and Networking: To foster an environment that encourages collaboration and networking among professionals, researchers, and scholars in the field, facilitating knowledge exchange and potential partnerships.
  • Inspire Innovation and Advancements: To encourage innovative thinking, exploration of novel approaches, and the introduction of new perspectives that could lead to advancements in cancer therapy development.

What you will learn?

Day 1: Understanding Cancer and Drug Discovery

Basics of Cancer

  • Introduction to cancer biology
  • Key cancer types and stages
  • Molecular mechanisms of cancer initiation and progression

Cancer Diagnosis and Biomarkers 

  • Screening and early detection
  • Diagnostic methods (biopsies, imaging)
  • Biomarkers and liquid biopsies
  • Case studies on cancer diagnosis

Introduction to Drug Discovery 

  • Drug discovery process overview
  • Medicinal chemists’ role in drug design
  • Overview of cancer drug classes, emphasizing targeted therapy

Day 2: Target Identification and Lead Optimization

Target Identification and Validation 

  • Identifying molecular targets and biomarkers
  • Target validation techniques
  • The importance of target specificity

Hit Identification and Lead Optimization 

  • Overview of high-throughput screening and virtual screening
  • Utilizing natural products as lead compounds
  • Medicinal chemistry strategies, including structure-based and fragment-based drug design

Drug Design for Specific Cancer Types 

  • Designing drugs for specific cancer types (e.g., breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer)
  • Emphasize key targets and design strategies for each cancer type

Day 3: Preclinical Development, Clinical Trials, and Emerging Trends

Preclinical and Clinical Development 

  • Preclinical testing in vitro and in vivo models
  • Introduction to clinical trials and regulatory considerations
  • Pharmacy’s role in clinical trials

Case Studies and Emerging Trends 

  • Showcase successful drug design stories
  • Discuss emerging trends in cancer drug development (e.g., combination therapies, immunotherapies, and nanomedicine)

Personalized Medicine, Resistance, and Future Directions

  • Personalized medicine: Genomic and molecular profiling, pharmacogenomics
  • Strategies to overcome treatment resistance in cancer
  • Breakthroughs in cancer research and future directions
  • Career paths in oncology pharmacy

Additional Focus on Immune System Empowerment 

  • Introduction to immune checkpoint inhibitors and CAR-T cell therapy
  • Mechanisms through which immunotherapy enhances the immune system’s response to cancer
  • Discussion on clinical success and challenges
  • Ethical considerations in drug design and development


Mentor Profile

Dr. Bandoo Chhagan Chatale, Professor in the MET Institute of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Mumbai. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai University in 2020 and then worked as a Assistant Professor in MET Institute of Pharmacy, Mumbai Institute/University for 3 years. He is having 9 years of experience in the field of teaching and research. His area of expertise includes Computer Aided Drug Design, Taste masking, Synthesis of small chemical entities. He is the author of 6 research articles, which are published in International Journal.

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Fee Plan

INR 1999 /- OR USD 50

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Intended For : Graduates, Post Graduates, Research Scholars, Academicians, Industry Professionals of Biomedical Research, Healthcare and Clinical Sector, Pharmaceutical Industry

Career Supporting Skills

Drug Development and PharmacologyMolecular Biology and GeneticsData Analysis in OncologyClinical Trial ProceduresBiomedical Imaging Techniques

Course Outcomes

  • Research Proposal or Project Plan: Participants might develop a detailed research proposal or project plan centered on cancer drug discovery, incorporating innovative methodologies or novel approaches discussed during the workshop.
  • Lab Techniques Proficiency: Attendees may acquire hands-on experience and proficiency in laboratory techniques such as cell culture, assay development, molecular analysis, or specific methods relevant to cancer drug discovery.
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation: Ability to effectively analyze complex datasets related to cancer treatments, gaining insights into potential therapies or targets for further research.
  • Collaborative Initiatives: Networking opportunities within the workshop might lead to potential collaborative projects or partnerships, encouraging joint efforts in cancer therapy development.
  • Innovative Strategies or Approaches: Participants may formulate innovative strategies or approaches to developing cancer therapies, integrating new insights gained from discussions and presentations.
  • Enhanced Ethical Understanding: Greater awareness and understanding of ethical considerations, ensuring adherence to legal and ethical standards in cancer drug discovery and clinical research.
  • Future Implementation and Contributions: Application of acquired knowledge and skills within the participants’ respective work, research, or academic settings, potentially leading to innovative contributions to the field of cancer therapy.