Pharmacology conference attracts international speakers to Leicester

Posted by mjs76 at Apr 20, 2012 03:10 PM |
Two days of cell signalling posters and presentations.
Pharmacology conference attracts international speakers to Leicester

Terry Kenakin

On Monday and Tuesday next week (23-24 April), the University of Leicester once again plays host to the British Pharmacological Society’s Focused Meeting on Cell Signalling. This biennial event, first held in 2005, has become a regular fixture of the BPS calendar and all three previous Cell Signalling Meetings have also been held in Leicester.

Terry Kenakin from the University of North Carolina and John Scott from the University of Washington, Seattle are the keynote speakers. There will also be presentations from leading researchers from France, Germany, Denmark and Australia, as well as the UK. Khaled Al-Hosaini from our Department of Cell Physiology and Pharmacology will present a paper on ‘Endothelin-converting enzyme-1 (ECE-1) regulates the recycling and resensitisation of the neuromedin U 2 receptor (NMU2) following activation by neuromedin U-25 but not neuromedin S’.

In addition, the following Leicester researchers will be displaying posters:

  • Kok Choi Kong: ‘The role of muscarinic receptors in learning and memory’
  • Carl Nelson: ‘Enhanced expression of GRK2 and arrestin proteins and altered contractile signalling in arterial smooth muscle from spontaneously hypertensive rats’
  • Rudi Prihandoko: ‘Signalling and phosphorylation of the muscarinic M1 receptor is dynamically regulated by allosteric modulators’
  • Sajjad A Riaz: ‘Regulation of the M1 RASSL by Phosphorylation’
  • Harprit Singh: ‘Angiopoietin 1 Signalling, A Marker Of Endothelial Dysfunction In Patients With Coronary Artery Disease’
  • Jonathon Willets: ‘β-Adrenoceptor-stimulated cAMP response-element binding protein (CREB) signalling in myometrial cells is mediated by Src, PI3K, p38 MAPK and arrestin proteins’

There is a full two-day programme of events (not forgetting the conference dinner) and for those pharmacologists who want to stay an extra night, a trip to Biocity in Nottingham has been arranged for a workshop of fluorescence.

The BPS Cell Signalling Meeting has received support from the following exhibitors and sponsors: Bioscale, BMG Labtech, Cisbio, DiscoverX, Roche and Tocris.