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AI for Drug Discovery

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In-person event hosted by H3D Foundation and Ersilia, a 2022 Event Fund grantee team

This four-day workshop aims to equip early career researchers in Africa with the tools and knowledge to apply data science approaches to infectious disease drug discovery. Participants will learn to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning ((ML) to facilitate biomedical research. The workshop will promote skills for those interested in all stages of drug discovery, from preclinical research to late development stages. The incorporation of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning into research is a cost-effective means to advance scientific discovery, yet the implementation of these tools within sub-saharan Africa is scarce; this event aims to reduce this imbalance. The workshop is directed towards scientists residing in African countries, who are traditionally underrepresented within the STEM community.

The goals of the event are:

  • To raise the interest in anti-infectives drug discovery research amongst young scientists.
  • To teach the basic concepts of AI/ML and its challenges when applied to drug discovery.
  • To disseminate open source tools and resources for scientific research.
  • To create a debate on the different resources and possible approaches to tackle a research project.
  • To support the incorporation of a data science component in ongoing and future research projects from Low and Middle Income Countries.
  • To promote networking amongst different health-related disciplines.

Registration for the workshop is now closed. Contact gemma @ ersilia . io with any questions.

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