• Computational Drug Science and High-Precision Medicine

    July 09-15, 2017

  • Computational Drug Science and High-Precision Medicine

    July 09-15, 2017

  • Computational Drug Science and High-Precision Medicine

    July 09-15, 2017

Aim and scope:
Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing in connection to novel models for analyzing such data are causing a rapid evolution of drug science, giving rise to a new high-precision medicine. Topics such as Drug Delivery, Nanosphere Technology, Intelligent Drug Discovery, Drug Repositioning, Drug Resistance, Patient-specific biomarkers discovery are yielding intriguing and complex problems. Our main and special guest lectures will address such a scope focusing on algorithms, models, biomedical and biotechnological techniques together with clinical applications. From the enclosed bibliography, the selected themes have received much attention in the scholarly literature ranging from Nature and Science to Bioinformatics Journals.

Opening Lecture

  • Michael Levitt (Nobel Prize 2013)
    The Future of Fundamental Basic Research
    School of Medicine, Stanford University, USA


Special Guest Speakers

Closing lecture



View Schedule

Participants will be arranged in comfortable hotels at very special rates. The conference room (very close to the same hotels) is air-conditioned and equipped with all conference materials. Special areas are reserved to students for the afternoon coursework and study. The island of Lipari can be easily reached from Milazzo, Palermo, Naples, Messina and Reggio Calabria by ferry or hydrofoil (50 minutes from Milazzo).
Two kinds of participants are welcome. Students: Participants who are expected to do afternoon coursework and take a final exam (The grades will be given following the ECTS grading scale). The course will involve a total of 24 hours of teaching. According to our university rules passing the final exam gives right to an equivalent of 6 ECTS credits in any Ph.D. program. Auditors: participants who are not interested in taking the final exam.
Registration fee is 500 €. The fee covers the course material, bus+hydrofoil Catania airport-Lipari-Catania airport, social events and coffee breaks. Late registration is 600 €. 
Applications can be submitted from November 22nd, 2016 up to  May 31st, 2017. Late registrations will be accepted until July 4th, 2017. Admission notification will start on January 28th, 2017, according to registration time. Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae.
The official language is English.

Latest News

  • The schedule is now available. Click here to view it.
  • The IEEE Technical Committee on Computational Life Science Society (thanks to its chair Prof. Alfredo Benso, Polytechnic of Turin), will offer 5 AWARDS of about 700$ each to be assigned to the BEST 5 POSTERS presented at the school. Only FIRST authors without a permanent position in academia are eligible, and in any case only ONE STUDENT FOR EACH RESEARCH GROUP can receive an award.
  • Michael Levitt, Nobel Prize 2013, will give the Opening Lecture on "The Future of Fundamental Basic Research".

Call for posters

Participants wishing to present their work may prepare a poster (Size: max A0 (842 x 1189 mm)) within special sessions organized by the school. More details about the sessions will be available on the school program.

Those who plan to present a poster must send an email with a short abstract to liparischool@dmi.unict.it no lather than June 16th 2017.

Please note that only accepted participants may submit a request for poster.

Acceptance to the school is not subject to the submission of a poster or a short oral presentation.

The selection of posters will be based on the scientific merit of the proposal and the time of submission.


Alfredo Ferro (University of Catania, Italy)
Carlo M. Croce (Ohio State University, USA)
Søren Brunak (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)

Steering Committee

Rosalba Giugno (University of Verona, Italy)
Lorenzo Malatino (Director of Graduate Studies in "Translational Biomedicine" University of Catania, Italy)
Gene Myers (Max Planck Institute, Dresden, Germany)
Alfredo Pulvirenti (University of Catania, Italy)
Francesco Purrello (Director "Department Clinical and Experimental Medicine" University of Catania, Italy)
Stephen Quake (Stanford University, USA)
Stefania Stefani (University of Catania, Italy)
Renato Bernardini (University of Catania, Italy)
Filippo Drago (University of Catania, Italy)

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Università di Catania

Scuola "Facoltà di Medicina"
Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale 

Università di Verona

Università di Verona
Ph.D. School in Natural Sciences and Engineering
Divisione di Chimica dei Sistemi Biologici