ICGEB Course on drug discovery


Course "Cell and animal models for drug discovery"

16 - 27 October, Montevideo, Uruguay

Organiser: Mariela Bollati-Fogolin, PhD (Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, Uruguay)
Co-organisers: Paula  Marques  Alves (Animal Cell Technology Unit, IBET/ITQB-UNL, Portugal), Martina Crispo and Marcelo Comini (Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, Uruguay)
Contact: camddpasteur.edu.uy


Deadline for receipt of applications by local organisers:
16 July
For information please contact the local organisers


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The ICGEB aims at strengthening the research capability of its Members through a comprehensive training programme and approach to promoting biotechnology internationally. The active participation of ICGEB Member States nationals in the ICGEB Meetings and Courses is therefore highly encouraged.

For more information on the terms of participation and funding opportunities for this event please access the meeting website or contact the local organisers directly


This training course will cover critical  aspects of mammalian cell and animal based screens for the discovery and identification of biologically active  compounds. We provide an intensive, hands-on, 10-days training course, combining lectures, participants’ posters and case studies sessions as well as practical activities in a wet lab. 



  • Target identification and validation

  • Preclinical testing: role of cell and animal models during drug development

  • Assay development and validation: criteria for a robust and reliable cell assay for each stage/question

  • Cell line selection: how to choose the best cell line for the purpose and assay

  • Frequently used cell-based HTS assays: points to consider

  • Complex cellular assays: HCS, reporter cell lines, 3D- and siRNA-based screens

  • Stem cells, iPS, organoids

  • Animal models for drug testing

  • Alternative animal models for drug testing

  • Equipment and logistic: automation, data storage and data analysis



  • Post-Docs, PhD, Master Students, and Scientists working in the field of drug discovery are welcome to apply
  • Participants’ poster sessions will also be organized



  • A limited number of participants will be granted with travel support. These requests will be analysed case-by-case
  • Support for accommodation, per diem and local transportation will be provided to all participants from abroad



Submit your application on-line by 16 July 2017 





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