The Summer School on Pharmaceutical Analysis (SSPA) addresses the most advanced analytical methodologies that can be employed to support the drug discovery process from the early phases up to the manufacturing quality control. Indeed, the ultimate goal of a drug discovery program is to generate a candidate drug compound that, besides being active and selective in vitro on the isolated target, is safe and efficacious in humans. In order to develop such a compound, many aspects including affinity, activity, selectivity, physico-chemical properties, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodinamics and stability must be optimized. The definition of these criteria involves the availability and knowledge of appropriate analytical methodologies.
SSPA is therefore addressed to PhD students, young scientists, and professionals with a different scientific background, working in the field of drug discovery, who would like to enlarge their knowledge on the critical aspects to be taken into consideration when developing a new drug and on the analytical methodologies that can be applied to investigate such aspects.
Each SSPA edition is focused on a specific aspect/phase of the drug discovery process. However, a three-year school program is defined by the SSPA scientific board every three years, so that applicants can decide to attend the whole cycle or choose in advance editions which better fulfill their scientific or professional interests.
In the 2022 edition, SSPA will focus on Drug development: bioanalytical aspects and will feature the following main subjects:
The role of bioanalysis in drug development
Bioanalytical sample preparation and method development
Pre-study and in-study method validation
Analysis of clinical samples and associated problems
Bioanalytical approaches for the analysis of peptides, oligonucleotides and antibody drug conjugates
Drug analysis in biological matrices using capillary electrophoresis
Metabolomics in drug development
Metabolites in safety testing (MIST): metabolites identification in humans
Quantitative whole-body autoradiography (QWBA) and radiolabelled mass-balance
Bioanalytical Data Management
Lectures will be delivered by recognized experts from the academic and industrial sectors. A list of confirmed lecturers is available at the section “meet our speakers”. The School social activities are planned to promote networking and favour interactivity between participants and lecturers. To maximize these aspects the number of participants in presence is limited to 80.
Official school language is English.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 2022 edition of SSPA in Rimini.
Chair of SSPA
Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology, Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna