The India Post, Chandigarh, 13th February, 2009 :On the special occasion of its Silver Jubilee (1984-2009), Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) Chandigarh, India, is organising an international conference on Open Source for Computer Aided Drug Discovery (OSCADD) in march 2009.
Major objectives of the conference are –
To bring all experts working in the field of drug discovery on a single platform
To utilize open source for drug discovery
To discuss recent advancements in drug discovery process
To promote Open Source for Drug Discovery (OSDD), an iniative of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India.
Theme of Conference
The whole process of development of a new drug molecule is quite tedious task in term of capital and time taken. Most of our time and labour consumed in this drug development can be avoided if history of other drug development processes be kept documented and open to public. It is indeed a great initiative by Indian Government to launch OSDD for global assistance in drug discovery pipeline. Most of the conferences being hosted worlwide are specific to a particular field. We have dared to provide a single comprehensive platform to talk about the whole saga of drug development from in silico target or lead prediction to clinical trial. Therefore, we invite humbly all those people working in related areas to share their ideas and comments to improve our initiative.
Open Source for Drug Discovery (OSDD) : http://www.osdd.net/
OSDD Forum is an initiative with a vision to provide affordable healthcare to the developing world. The OSDD concept aims to synergize the power of genomics, computational technologies and facilitate the participation of young and brilliant talent from Universities and industry. It seeks to provide a global platform where the best brains can collaborate and collectively endeavor to solve the complex problems associated with discovering novel therapies for neglected diseases like Tuberculosis.
Computational Resources for Drug Discovery (CRDD) : http://crdd.osdd.net/
CRDD (Computational Resources for Drug Discovery) is an important module of the in silico module of OSDD. The CRDD web portal provides computer resources related to drug discovery on a single platform. Following are major features of CRDD:
CRDD provides computational resources for researchers in the field of computer-aided drug design.
CRDD allows users to discuss their problem with other members.
CRDD gives equal opportunity to those willing to solve these problems.
CRDD Wiki maintain wikipedia related to drug discovery.
Contributors may host their database or web server on CRDD portal.