University of Dundee

WCAIR Conference 2019

Setting our sights on infectious diseases

A WCAIR conference on innovative drug discovery and development

12-15 May 2019

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, UK



The Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) invites you to join us in Dundee from 12-15 May 2019. The aim of the conference is to harness cross-disciplinary and cross-disease learning to accelerate drug discovery and reduce drug candidate attrition rates for infectious diseases affecting low and middle income countries. Conference attendees will take home new ideas and technologies which have been demonstrated to work; applying them to diseases where challenges to drug discovery are hampering progress.

Watch Prof Ian Gilbert, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, introduce the conference.

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Bree Aldridge
  • Clif Barry
  • Manu De Rycker
  • Natalie Gobeau
  • Paul Herrling
  • William Hope
  • Jennifer Keiser
  • Paul Leeson
  • Didier Leroy
  • James McCarthy
  • Valerie Mizrahi


  • Rolf Müller
  • Jacquin C. Niles
  • John Overington
  • John Pottage
  • Isabela  Ribeiro
  • Lynn Silver
  • Thomas Spangenberg
  • Shyam Sundar
  • Wesley Van Voorhis
  • Sir Nicholas White
  • Susan Wyllie


Topics to be discussed at the conference include:

  • Clinical development and connectivity to the preclinical situation
  • Combination therapy
  • Modern approaches to PK/PD studies
  • Development of clinical relevant screening cascades and assays
  • Early phase Drug Discovery- working smarter and faster

The draft programme can be downloaded from the righthand sidebar. For the latest conference information follow @WCAIRDundee #SOSID2019 .

Social events will include a welcome reception at the School of Life Sciences on Sunday evening and dinner at Discovery Point with the opportunity to visit the RRS Discovery.

We invite you to submit abstracts for the poster sessions and to be considered for short talks in each session. Posters will be set up in the Dalhousie Foyer and level 1 gallery where the breaks and lunch will be hosted to ensure maximum time for interactions at the posters.

Further information