NCI Workshop on Rational Drug Discovery - Overview

NCI Workshop on Rational Drug Discovery

While the last 20 years saw the discovery of targeted cancer drugs offering new hope to patients, there remains a need for improving therapeutic efficacy. To better understand the rapidly evolving scientific and technological advancements that are shaping cancer drug discovery, the NCI is holding a workshop on Rational Drug Discovery to engage in an interactive dialogue with extramural researchers who are discovering the next generation of cancer drugs.

This virtual meeting will review latest developments in the fields of structural biology, chemical biology and novel modalities, target interrogation, and artificial intelligence (AI) in drug discovery. The goal of the meeting is to identify knowledge gaps, resource needs, and critical barriers in the field, thus providing the basis for NCI to better support the extramural community and accelerate progress toward the treatment of cancer.

Meeting co-chairs

Tudor I. Oprea, M.D., Ph.D.
Tudor I. Oprea, M.D., Ph.D.
University of New Mexico
Rommie Amaro, PhD
Rommie Amaro, PhD
University of California, San Diego

For more information on resources from the Developmental Therapeutics Program (DTP) at NCI, click here

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Kasia Bourcier (, Anju Singh (, or Sharad Verma (


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The meeting will be entirely virtual. To join the meeting, please click the link below:

Webcast Link:

This link will work during both days of the workshop. It includes a Q&A function, where you can submit questions for presenters and panelists throughout the meeting.

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