The UC DDC Events

The UC DDC and its participating campuses and organizations provides a wide array of drug discovery-related symposia, seminars, and other events that are open to faculty, staff, and trainees across the UC.

Upcoming Events


UC DDC Inaugural Assay Development Workshop for Drug Discovery Agenda

December 14st – 15th, 2017

Thursday, December 14th

7:00am – 8:00am: Registration

8:00am – 8:15am: Welcome from Organizers and general introduction to the facilities

8:15am – 9:15am: Assay development Foundations and overview of the work to be performed

9:15am – 1:15pm: Hands on laboratory work – setup of plates and assays

a) Setting up and screening a reporter gene assay

b) Setting up and screening for cytotoxicity

1:15pm – 2:15pm: Lunch

2:15pm – 4:15pm: Invited drug discovery talks from experts in the field

2:15pm – 3:15pm: (Foundations of assay and drug development – Robert Damoiseaux)

3:15pm – 4:15pm: (High-resolution structure techniques in drug discovery – Melanie Cocco)

4:15pm – 5:15pm: Lab-wrap-up

7:15pm – 9:15pm: Dinner

Friday, December 15th

7:00am – 8:00am: Breakfast

8:00am – 9:00am:  (Computation and Data for Drug Design)

9:00am – 10:00am: (Preclinical Toxicology and Drug Development – Cathy Tralau-Steward)

10:00am – 1:00pm: Hands on laboratory work

a) Readout of screening plates

b) Readout of cytotoxicity plates

c) Data preparation and analysis

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch

2:00pm – 3:30 pm: Data analysis and wrap-up

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Result presentation of each group.

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Wrap up and closing remarks.


Past Events


February 21 & 22, 2017: Inaugural UC-Wide Drug Discovery Symposium

UC Drug Discovery Symposium, hosted by UC Braid’s Drug, Device, Discovery and Development (D4) Group at UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute. The symposium highlighted successful services and programs that support translational researchers across the UC campuses. It enabled direct access to translational resources and infrastructure across all campuses for all investigators, developed a comprehensive cross-campus drug discovery and development pipeline, and improved competitiveness of UC researchers for translational funding opportunities.

October 18 & 19, 2016: 7th Annual UC BRAID Retreat

Since 2010, UC BRAID has held an annual retreat to bring together our diverse stakeholders and discuss a vision for the future for clinical and translational research. The retreat is attended by UC campus and Office of the President leaders, faculty, and administrators. At the meeting we discuss UC BRAID’s progress to date and consider strategies for how we might address the pressing needs of researchers and our communities.

April 15, 2015: D4 Drug Discovery Alliance Planning

More than forty leaders from across the University of California (UC) system joined representatives from the biomedical industry to discuss plans for strengthening UC’s position as a leader in drug, device and diagnostics development.  The meeting was part of the Drug and Device Discovery and Development (D4) initiative, a collaborative effort among UC’s five medical campuses to pool resources and expertise to accelerate the discovery and development of products that improve health.