SLAS2013 Educational Tracks

The SLAS2013 scientific program features seven educational tracks. Detailed track descriptions are included below, including individual session titles.

If you cannot find your particular topic of interest listed in the detailed track descriptions or individual session titles within each track, but wish to report on research related to one of the broad track themes, we encourage you to view individual podium presentation abstracts using the event scheduler. To access individual podium abstracts, please visit the Event Scheduler.

Assay Development and Screening

This track focuses on the evaluation and use of innovative tools and strategies for assay development and screening. Examples of successful applications highlight how physiologically relevant data facilitates the discovery of chemical probes, drug leads, crop protection chemicals, and diagnostic agents, and may be used to define the efficacy and toxicity of small molecules and biologics. Sessions include:

  • Screening Libraries
  • Cell-Based Assay Development
  • Biochemical Assay Technologies and Screening
  • High Content Screening
  • Assays for Diverse Applications: Biologics, Diagnostics, and Toxicology
  • Chemical Probes for Target Validation and Pathway Analysis

High-Throughput Technologies

This track focuses on the innovative tools, technologies, and techniques that enable automated and/or high-throughput activities that improve laboratory processes, shorten operational cycle times, or enhance data quality/relevance. Emphasis is placed on advancements in engineering, analytical, informatics, and biological technologies and their application to cutting edge automation-assisted research. Sessions include:

  • High Throughput Chemistry and Analytics
  • Compound and Biologics High Throughput Sample Management
  • Cutting Edge Technology Developments
  • New Developments and Applications in High Throughput Screening Technologies and Automation
  • Non Plate-Based High Throughput Technologies
  • Automated Screening Applications Using Primary Cells, Stem Cells or Phenotypic Approaches

Drug Target Biology

Drug discovery relies on a continually deeper and detailed understanding of the mechanisms underlying disease states. This track will focus on studies aimed at advancing our understanding of traditional and novel drug targets as well efforts to apply such knowledge to translational medicine. Sessions include:

  • Emerging Drug Target Areas
  • From Cellular Pathways to Drug Targets
  • Navigating Neurodegenerative Disease Research to Patient Therapies

Micro- and Nanotechnologies

This track broadly encompasses new and emerging technologies including microfluidics, microarrays, microreactors, nanodevices, and nanotechnologies with emphasis on methods and materials applicable to high-throughput chemistry, biology and clinical analysis. Sessions include:

  • Droplet Microfluidics
  • Cell Culture and Analysis
  • Tissues and Organs on Chip
  • NextGen Nanomedicine Platform Technologies
  • Next-Generation Microanalytical Systems
  • On-chip Imaging

Bioanalytical Techniques

The quantitative determination of compounds in biological matricies is an important component of pharmaceutical analysis, clinical chemistry, food safety and forensics. Session topics include the latest sampling and separation technologies as well as integrated detection techniques such as mass spectrometry, molecular and functional imaging, and other label-free methods. Sessions include:

  • Novel Approaches to Bioanalytical Techniques
  • BioAnalytical Methods for Next-Gen Sequencers
  • Isolation and Analysis of Rare Cells


Modern laboratories across all industries generate and utilize data from an ever growing number of sources with an increasing level of complexity. Accordingly, informatics plays a critical and growing role in the warehousing, visualization, and analysis of these data. This track will showcase the role of informatics in generating testable hypotheses and advancing scientific discoveries. Sessions include:

  • Extracting Meaning from Complex Data
  • Informatics in the Laboratory: Success Stories
  • Collaborative Discovery in the Internet Age
  • Informatics in Highly Integrated Systems
  • Integrating Laboratory Information Into a Global Discovery Solution
  • High Performance Computing for Laboratory Data Analysis


New diagnostic methods are making it possible to understand and detect disease states at earlier stages than before and to better predict and/or monitor the efficacy of pharmaceuticals. This track will focus on new and emerging fields such as molecular diagnostics, biomarker analysis, next-generation sequencing, point-of-care detection, and the technologies that enable these fields. Sessions include:

  • Advances in Near Patient Testing Devices
  • Diagnostics Tests and Personalized Medicine
  • Identification of Diagnostic Biomarkers with Novel Clinical Application