2017 Project Presentation Day Address - Celia Schiffer, Ph.D. - University of Massachusetts Medical School

Thursday, April 20, 2017
8:30 am
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Drug resistance negatively impacts the lives of millions of patients and costs our society billions of dollars by limiting the longevity of many of our most potent drugs. Drug resistance can be caused by a change in the balance of molecular recognition events that selectively weakens inhibitor binding but maintains the biological function of the target. To reduce the likelihood of drug resistance, a detailed understanding of the target’s function is necessary. Both structure at atomic resolution and evolutionarily constraints on its variation is required. “Resilient” targets are less susceptible to drug resistance due to their key location in a particular pathway. This rationale was derived from our lab’s experience with substrate recognition and drug resistance in HIV, HCV and influenza. These principals are likely more generally applicable to other quickly evolving diseases where drug resistance is quickly evolving.

A light continental breakfast will be available beginning at 8:15