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7th Focused Meeting on Cell Signalling

This is a British Pharmacological Society meeting bringing together expert and field-leading speakers from across the world to present their research and work in the field of cell signalling

16–17 Apr 2018

Abstracts deadline: 26 Feb 2018

Registration deadline: 09 Apr 2018

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  • Overview
  • Programme
  • Registration
  • Abstracts & Bursaries
  • Venue & Travel
  • Exhibition & Sponsorship

We are delighted to invite you to attend our next focused meeting on Cell Signalling. This two-day scientific meeting is the seventh in a highly successful series: it will give 200 participants the opportunity to hear leading experts in cell signalling from across the world present their research. For the first time, the meeting will include the JR Vane Medal plenary lecture.  The meeting provides invaluable opportunities for participants to network with pharmacologists from the UK and overseas.

To provide a forum, led by internationally-leading researchers, to discuss the latest findings and ideas in cell signalling research with an emphasis on G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) pharmacology and therapeutics.


  • To discuss the latest advances in our structural understanding of GPCRs, including quaternary interactions
  • To link structure to function with respect to key GPCR features (e.g. orthosteric and allosteric ligand-receptor interactions, structural basis of GPCR coupling to G proteins, GRKs, arrestins)
  • To review and contrast recent advances in our understanding of structure-function relationships in families A, B and C GPCRs
  • To highlight progress in our understanding of receptor-arrestin interactions
  • To explore the therapeutic potential of ligand ‘bias’ in drug discovery
  • To appreciate the latest findings linking pharmacological manipulation of specific GPCR subtypes as novel therapeutic approaches to disease

This meeting is supported by:






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Meeting Organisers: 

  • Professor John Challiss, University of Leicester, UK
  • ​Professor Andrew Tobin, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Dr Gary Willars, University of Leicester, UK
  • Professor Jillian Baker, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Dr Nick Holliday, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Dr Leigh Stoddart, University of Nottingham, UK


  • Professor Patrick Sexton, Monash University, Australia
  • ​Dr Madan Babu, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
  • Professor Laura Bohn, Scripps Research Institute, USA
  • Dr Sophie Bradley, Glasgow University, UK
  • Professor Davide Calebiro, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Dr Anthony Davenport, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Dr Karen Gregory, Monash University, Australia
  • Dr Lora Heisler, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Professor Graeme Henderson, University of Bristol, UK
  • Dr Graham Ladds, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Professor Rob Leurs, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
  • Dr Marthe Sommer,  Charité Universitätsmedizin, Germany

Early Career Researchers Symposium and a plenary lecture
18 April, 9.30am-3.00pm

As a Cell Signalling attendee, you are are also invited to attend the early career researchers symposium and a plenary lecture which is taking place from 9.30am-3.00pm on 18 April. For more information and to register, please click here.

Launch of new COMPARE centre 
18 April, 4.00–6.30pm

You are also invited to attend a plenary lecture the following day by Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Kobilka at the official launch of the new Centre of Membrane Proteins and Receptors (COMPARE). 

The lecture will take place from 4.00–6.30pm on 18 April at the University of Nottingham Medical School and will be followed by a drinks reception. To register for the lecture please click here

Online registration is now open. To start the registration process please click the 'Register for event' button above.

Please note that BPS member bursaries are available to eligible members who are attending and presenting their work at the meeting. Please visit the 'Abstracts & Bursaries' tab for more information. If you have any questions then please contact the BPS Office at or +44 (0)20 7239 0183.

Registration fees 

  Early bird Registration
(available until 19/03/2018)
Standard Registration
The registration fee includes attendance at the meeting, access to refreshments during breaks and the delegate dinner being held on Monday 16 April 2018. 
Student Member including dinner £100 £125
Member including dinner £200 £225
Non-Member Student including dinner £110 £135
Non-Member including dinner £220 £245


Please note that we have unfortunately sold out of accommodation rooms that can be booked through the BPS. To book accommodation, please book directly with the conference hotel; De Vere Orchard Hotel , or you can call them on 0115 828 9875. 

Abstract submissions

Abstract submission deadline: Monday 26 February 2018

Submit your abstract 

Abstract requirements for authors
Abstract sample
Instructions for completing the online abstract form
Poster preperation guidelines


Member bursaries 
Bursaries are available to eligible members who are attending and presenting their work at the meeting. Eligible members are generally expected to have been a member of the Society for at least one year and must have submitted an abstract and be presenting in the poster and/or oral sessions at the meeting.

The maximum amount for individual bursaries and will usually be restricted to up to 75% of the aggregate cost of accommodation and travel for students and 50% for non-students. The maximum award is £750. Food and beverage costs and travel incidentals will not be reimbursed. Costs will be based on the Society’s assessment of the most economical mode of travel and a reasonable standard of accommodation.

Bursary submission deadline: Monday 26 February 2018

Apply for a bursary

Care support bursaries
Care support bursaries are also available to members who have caring responsibilities and would benefit from financial support for caring costs. For further information, please click here

Meeting venue:

East Midlands Conference Centre
Beeston Lane
The University of Nottingham


Click here to view full directions 
Click here to view a map of the campus

By bus
There are a number of bus services running from Nottingham to University Park Campus.  Please see the bus services page for further information.

By tram
If you are coming to University Park Campus from Nottingham Train Station, you can now hop on a tram which is accessible by the walkway leading from the station. Tickets must be purchased before boarding. The Toton line takes you directly to the University and visitors should disembark at the University of Nottingham stop. More information is available here.

By train
The nearest train stations are located in Nottingham City Centre or Beeston. Taxis and buses are available at both stations. 

From East Midlands Airport
From East Midlands Airport you can take the Trent Barton Indigo service directly to the campus or the Skylink bus to Nottingham. Buses leave from outside the Airport Arrivals hall. See bus services for further information.

You can also walk to the taxi rank on the terminal forecourt and take a direct taxi to the University. The cost of a single/one way journey is approximately £20.

From M1 motorway
Leave the M1 motorway at Junction 25 to join the A52 to Nottingham.  Follow the A52 for approximately 4 miles, at the Toby Carvery roundabout turn right onto the A6464, turn left at the next roundabout to enter the University's West Entrance.

From campus to campus
The University provides a free Hopper Bus service which runs from University Park Campus to Jubilee Campus, Sutton Bonington Campus, King's Meadow Campus and Royal Derby Hospital Centre.

This well-regarded meeting provides an informal yet professional environment in which a select group of partners can highlight their products and services. For queries and to discuss the advertised opportunities, please contact Susanne Schweda at