Lipari School on Computational Life Sciences Computational Drug Science and High-Precision Medicine
9 - 15 July 2017
Registration deadline
31 May 2017

Admission notifications will start on March 1st, 2017. The submission of acceptance letters will be suspended once the maximum number of available places is reached.

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PLEASE NOTE that school's participants can submit a poster. More details about posters submission will be available as soon as possible on the school website.

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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.


Napoleone Ferrara
Angiogenesis Regulation in Cancer and other Pathologies
University of California, San Diego, USA

Lars Juhl Jensen
Networks of Drugs and Proteins
University of Copenaghen, DK

Mark Bradley
Drug Delivery and Nanosphere Technology
Edinburgh University,UK

John P. Overington
Intelligent Drug Discovery, UK

Closing lecture

Carlo M. Croce
Cancer Treatment
Ohio State University, USA


Roberto Purrello
Chemistry of Drug-Nucleic Acids interaction
University of Catania, Italy

Michele Purrello
ncRNAs for Diagnosis and Therapy
University of Catania, Italy

Salvatore Alaimo
Computational Techniques for Drug Interaction, Repositioning and Drug Resistance Biomarkers
University of Catania, Italy

Giovanni Micale
Network-Based Drug Interaction Analysis
University of Catania, Italy

Stefania Stefani
Testing and Resistance of Antibiotics in Real life
University of Catania, Italy

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 3rd, 2017. Admission notification will start on March 1st, 2017, according to registration time. Applicants must include a short curriculum vitae or
a website with an updated curriculum vitae.
The official language is English.

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

Steering Committee
Renato Bernardini (University of Catania, Italy)
Filippo Drago (University of Catania, Italy)
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)
People interested in receiving further information about the school can contact:

Lipari School Organization
Prof. Alfredo Ferro
Università degli Studi di Catania - Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale
c/o Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica
Citta' Universitaria - Viale A.Doria, 6 - 95125 Catania - ITALY
Phone: +39 095 7383071, +39 095 7383087
Fax: +39 095 330094