FCT PhD Programme i3DU
Course: Pharmaceutical Biophysics

9 January 2019

5 days
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa
Amphitheatre B ( 9-10 Jan)
Room C.2.5 (11 Jan)
Laboratories and Amphitheatre B (28-29 Jan)

The FCT PhD Programme in Medicines and Pharmaceutical Innovation (i3DU) trains students in target discovery, drug design, pre-clinical development, and drug safety, bridging the translational gap from discoveries on disease targets and mechanisms into novel diagnostic and therapeutic agents.

The i3DU Programme offers a training course on Pharmaceutical Biophysics that will be held at the Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa), Faculty of Pharmacy, Universidade de Lisboa, in Lisbon, January 9-11 and January 28-29 (only i3DU PhD students), 2019.

We welcome the participation of external academic and scientific community members. Registration is free but mandatory.

Organizing committee at iMed.ULisboa/FFULisboa

Liana Silva (Coordinator)

Course Outline

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary science branch that contributes both with the tools and concepts that lead to a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology of diseases and to the discovery of new therapeutic targets. Moreover, advanced biophysical techniques are nowadays indispensable analytical tools for i3DU. Increasingly application of biophysical research instruments at the pharmaceutical industry setting allows faster identification of drug candidates by combining high throughput screening biophysical methodologies with the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of drug-targets interaction, being therefore pivotal to “deliver better drugs on a short timeline”. Awareness that fundamental knowledge on biophysics as well as that emerging biophysical methodologies and specialized equipment might enable a faster bench-to-bedside translation of drug candidates is stimulating the demand for scientific and educational skills on biophysics both at the academia and job market levels.

This course is designed to cover the physicochemical basis of biological processes that influence the pharmacological activity of bioactive compounds, and applications of state-of-the-art and emerging biophysical methodologies essential for the characterization of biological and pharmacological processes. In addition, the course will comprise two full days of workshops dedicated to different biophysical methodologies, where i3DU PhD students will be able to develop small research projects.