Iit-bhu Holds Five-day Course On Drug Design, Bioinformatics | Varanasi News – Times of India

Varanasi: The Interdisciplinary Data Analytics and Predictive Technologies (I-DAPT) Hub foundation under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) at IIT (BHU) has organised a five-day short-term course program on Computer-Aided Drug Design and Structural Bioinformatics 2023 (CADDSB-2023) from March 13 to 17.
The project director of the I-DAPT Hub foundation and Dean (research & development), Prof Vikash Kumar Dubey said that about 80 participants from all over India are participating in this course. He said that the invited lectures and hands-on sessions from leading experts in the field would surely open newer vistas of specialized knowledge in the domain of artificial intelligence/machine learning-enabled computational biology discovery and eventually, health informatics and translational research.
“I firmly believe that it perfectly aligns with the healthcare initiatives of Government of India and with the visionary national mission, such as the ‘PM Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission’ of the PM Narendra Modi,” said the director Prof Pramod Kumar Jain. Each day includes two hands-on training sessions by the experts which would help create trained manpower for the Indian industry and academia.
The project coordinator of the I-DAPT Hub foundation, RK Singh said that courses like this would empower younger generations tothink analytically about the critical health-related problems. The course convenors, Aditya Kumar Padhi and Sumit Kumar Singh highlighted that the contents of the course would significantly boost the fundamental and practical knowledge of participants.
On the first day of the programme, Prof Krishna Misra from IIIT-Allahabad, in her inaugural lecture, elaborated on the importance of bioinformatics in solving healthcare-related problems and disease management and highlighted career opportunities in bioinformatics. Ravi Khare, CEO of Symphony Technologies, shared a holistic overview of the role of modern statistical tools in drug development and manufacturing.
Anshu Bharadwaj, a principal scientist at IMTECH, Chandigarh, discussed the looming threats of increased antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the applications of data-driven drug discovery using machine learning, network pharmacology and dynamic pharmacophore approach in mitigating the hazard. Timir Tripathi from North-Eastern Hill University, discussed various nuances of research ethics and integrity in the presentation of structural data.
Janesh Kumar from CCMB Hyderabad discussed the nitty-gritty of the cryo-electron microscopy technique and its application in drug discovery. Prof B Jayaram, professor from IIT Delhi, showcased the utility of a supercomputing facility, various computational suites, and software (Sanjeevini, Bhageerath, Dhanvantri), all indigenously developed in his lab at IIT Delhi, that can significantly reduce the drug development timelines.

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