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Drug Discovery Careers--Resources


Below is a sampling of information resources from Next Wave's feature on drug discovery, as well as other online sources that readers may find helpful. This list is meant to be only illustrative, but if you found a particularly useful resource that we should include, please let us know through Next Wave's feedback page.

Academic teaching and research programs

In the Next Wave series, we outlined the academic requirements for drug discovery and described some training programs, as well as some advanced drug discovery research under way at universities. Below is a list of several university-based research and education programs designed for drug discovery.

University of Arizona

University of British Columbia

Centre for Microbial Diseases and Immunity Research

University of California, San Francisco

Laboratory for Cell and Membrane Biophysics

Center for Applied Toxinology (Brazil)

Johns Hopkins University

King's College London

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

University of Michigan

Center for Biologic Nanotechnology

Northwestern University

Ohio State University

University of Toronto

Molecular Design and Information Technology Center

Industry resources

Because many of the research findings in drug discovery come from the private sector, industry organizations offer a good place to start on the kinds of companies in the field and their requirements.

American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences

European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations

German Chemical Society

Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)

German Federation for Biology

Der Verband Deutscher Biologen

International Pharmaceutical Federation

International Pharmaceutical Students Federation

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

PhRMA Foundation

Companies profiled in the feature

In the feature, Next Wave profiled professionals involved in drug discovery at several companies, including:

Affinium Pharmaceuticals Inc.



Jerini AG

Miikana Therapeutics

Pfizer Inc.

ProXara Biotechnology


Government resources

In the public sector, agencies concerned with drug discovery often focus on regulatory affairs and research or fellowship funding.

Food and Drug Administration (US)

National Cancer Institute (US)

National Institutes of Health (US)

Drug Discovery Interest Group

Marie Curie Actions (EU)


The drug discovery press publishes research findings, as well as news and commentary on this dynamic industry.

AAPS PharmSci

AAPS PharmSciTech

Bio-IT World

Clinical Pharmacology

Current Opinion in Drug Discovery & Development

Drug Discovery Today

Drug Discovery World

Modern Drug Discovery

Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences

PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology

Perspectives in Drug Discovery and Design

Web sites

Several Web sites support drug discovery endeavors and report on developments in the field. Some of the more prominent sites are listed below.

AAPS Pharmaceutical Sciences Primers



Drug Discovery Online

Science Online special issue on drug discovery

19 March 2004


Industry meetings report many of the latest findings on drug discovery. These events often have workshops on and offer important networking venues for career development. Please be sure to check the conferences' Web sites for their latest dates and locations.

Analytica Conference (Germany)

Drug Discovery Technology (US)

Drug Discovery Technology (Europe)

Drug Discovery to Manufacturing (Asia/Pacific)

EFPIA Annual Meetings and Conference

National Biotechnology Conference

PDA 2004

Screening Europe

Funding opportunities

Both public and private sector organizations offer funds for research and teaching related to drug discovery. Please read eligibility and application procedures carefully, especially for due dates. Be sure to check the organizations' Web sites for the most recent filing dates and requirements.

Indexed in GrantsNet

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Jeanne Spurlock Research Fellowship in Drug Abuse for Minority Medical Students

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Cancer Biology PhD Program

McKnight Foundation

McKnight Neuroscience of Brain Disorders Awards

National Institutes of Health

Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trial Planning Grant


HIV-1 Infection of the Central Nervous System


National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (F31)

NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse Dissertation Research: Epidemiology, Prevention, Treatment, Services, and Women and Gender Differences

NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse Prevention Intervention Research

NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

Imaging--Science Track Award for Research Transition

NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

Individual Predoctoral NRSA for MD/PhD Fellowships

NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA Scholars Program

NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA Small Grants Program

PhRMA Foundation, Pharmaceutics (Postdoctoral)

PhRMA Foundation

Post Doctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology/Morphology

PhRMA Foundation

Research Starter Grant: Pharmacology/Toxicology

Other funding opportunities:

Drug Pfinder (Pfizer)

Food and Drug Administration (US)

Orphan Products Grant Program


Drug Discovery and Development Grant

Institute for the Study of Aging


National Cooperative Drug Discovery Groups for the Treatment of Mood Disorders or Nicotine Addiction

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