Assay Guidance Manual Training Workshops

NCATS offers a variety of Assay Guidance Manual (AGM) training workshops throughout the year designed to share best practices and advice on robust assay design, development and implementation for researchers involved in the drug discovery process.

Top Image: Trainees around a table viewing a screen. Bottom Images: Trainees touring NCATS’ laboratory.

Online Training Modules

NCATS offers an online AGM training workshop in addition to the in-person AGM workshops held throughout the year. The online training workshop also features experts sharing best practices and expert advice on assay design, development and implementation. View the video modules.

Upcoming Workshops

2019

February 2

Assay Guidance Workshop for High-Throughput Screening and Lead Discovery

Held during the 2019 Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) meeting, this workshop, which will feature presentations by NCATS staff and scientists from several pharmaceutical companies, is designed to disseminate critical information about the implementation of robust assay methods and is particularly relevant for researchers developing bioassays for the discovery of drugs or chemical probes.

Website/Agenda • Registration

February 7-8

The Opioid Crisis and the Future of Addiction and Pain Therapeutics: Opportunities, Tools, and Technologies Symposium

This NCATS-sponsored symposium will highlight challenges and opportunities throughout the discovery and development process for addiction- and pain-related medications in the pre-competitive preclinical stage and provide a framework for more focused efforts within the research community.

Website • Registration • Agenda (PDF - 135KB)

March 10

Assay Development Principles and Good Research Practices for Rigor and Reproducibility in In Vitro Toxicology (AM03)

During the Society of Toxicology 58th Annual Meeting & ToxExpo, NCATS scientists will teach sessions designed to provide participants with “good research practices” for the rigorous development, optimization, implementation and interpretation of robust in vitro toxicological assays for reproducible results using physiologically relevant models.

Website/Agenda • Registration

Past Workshops

Learn more about past training workshops and read participant testimonials.

2018

September 10-11

This two-day workshop covered a broad range of critical concepts underlying assay development for high-throughput screening and lead discovery projects, along with hands-on data analysis training. View the agenda.

March 26-27

NCATS supported this two-day workshop that covered a broad range of critical concepts underlying assay development for high-throughput screening and lead discovery projects, along with hands-on data analysis training. View the agenda.

2017

October 23

NCATS supported this full-day workshop that covered a broad range of critical concepts underlying assay development for high-throughput screening and lead discovery projects. View the agenda

August 7

NCATS supported this full-day workshop that covered a broad range of critical concepts underlying assay development for high-throughput screening and lead discovery projects. More than 40 people participated to learn more about the implementation of robust assay methods and development of bioassays for the discovery of drugs or chemical probes. Learn more. View the agenda.

February 4

More than 30 industry and academic researchers from nine countries and 12 U.S. states participated in the Washington, D.C., workshop, held in conjunction with the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening’s annual international conference. Learn more. View the agenda.

2016

October 27

See testimonials from the Assay Guidance Workshop for High-Throughput Screening and Lead Discovery hosted by NCATS and Promega scientists in Madison, Wisconsin. View the agenda.

April 5–6

Learn about how more than 100 participants attended the Assay Guidance Workshop for High-Throughput Screening and Lead Discovery in College Park, Maryland, hosted by NCATS and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). View the agenda.

January 23

Discover more about the SLAS2016 Assay Guidance Workshop for High-Throughput Screening and Lead Discovery in San Diego, California. View the agenda.

2015

July 17

Read about the Assay Guidance Workshop for High-Throughput Screening and Lead Discovery hosted by NCATS and the FDA in College Park, Maryland. View the agenda.

February 6

Learn more about NCATS’ inaugural Assay Guidance Workshop for High-Throughput Screening and Lead Discovery at its laboratories in Rockville, Maryland. View the agenda.