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Life Sciences 2019: Post-translational modifications and cell signalling

Life Sciences 2019 will be a major meeting incorporating the British Pharmacological Society, the Physiological Society and the Biochemical Society, built around the topic of post translational modulation (PTM) in biological processes.

17–18 Mar 2019

Abstracts deadline: 21 Jan 2019

Registration deadline:

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

Registration is now open

The British Pharmacological Society, the Physiological Society and the Biochemical Society have joined forces for Life Sciences 2019.

Collaborate and discuss significant challenges with your peers across disciplines. Gain new perspectives on ion channels, cardiac function, epigenetics, chronic pain and much more.

Identifying and understanding post translation modifications (PTMs) within major body systems is critical in the study of physiological function and the treatment of disease.

This meeting will be of interest to any researcher interested in pursuing a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the functional effects of protein in their molecular target or biological system of interest.

The meeting has been designed to encourage networking between researchers across the three broad disciplines represented by the organising societies.

The programme will feature keynote presentations from:

  • Dr Fiona Marshall (MSD Research Laboratories)
  • Dr Qian Wu (University of Leeds)
  • Professor Roger Hajjar (Mount Sinai Hospital, New York)
Plus elevated abstracts submitted by early career researchers, and a social event organised by young life scientists to close the meeting.




View the full programme here

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Fiona Marshall (MSD Research Laboratories)
  • Dr Qian Wu (University of Leeds)
  • Professor Roger Hajjar (Mount Sinai Hospital, New York)

The programme will aim to cover the following topics:

  • Protein methylation in health and disease
  • Post-translational modifications of proteins related to stress-response
  • Post-translational modifications in the regulation of neuronal synapses
  • Carbon monoxide modulation of ionic homeostasis
  • Transglutaminase mediated post-translational modifications in human disease
  • Features and regulation of non-enzymatic PTM
  • Post-translational modification and implications for cardiac structure and function
  • Redox signalling and protein phosphorylation
  • Delineating the dynamism and regulation of neurotransmitter signalling by GPCRs

Register now

Earlybird rates expired on 21 January 2019. 

Registration fees


  • Early bird registration: £160*
  • Standard registration: £210*

Non member

  • Early bird registration: £260
  • Standard registration: £310

Student or Emeritus member*

  • Early bird registration: £85*
  • Standard registration: £135*

Registration fee includes access to the conference, lunches and refreshments. Accomodation can be added at £69 per night as part of the registration process.

For any questions regarding the registration process, please contact or call +44 (0)20 7239 0183.

Late breaking abstract submission has now opened. Submit a late breaking abstract here

All attendees, particularly researchers in the early stages of their career, are invited to submit a late breaking abstract for consideration as a poster.

Late breaking abstract submission deadline is 28 February 2019.

Further information on the abstract and bursary submission process will be available in due course. For any questions in the meantime, please contact or call +44 (0)20 7239 0183.


Bursary applications have now closed.

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.

Care support bursaries

Care support bursaries are also available to members who have caring responsibilities and would benefit from financial support towards caring costs. For further information, please click here.
East Midlands Conference Centre
Beeston Lane
The University of Nottingham

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Useful directions and information

By bus

There are a number of bus services running from Nottingham to University Park Campus. The closest bus stop (UN17) is “Wollaton Park Gates” on the A52. Bus numbers 21, 35, 35B, 36 Y5 and i4 stop here. There is a pedestrian route through from this bus stop directly into the University Campus. It joins Beeston Lane. Turn right on Beeston Lane and follow the road to the Conference Centre. Bus route 21, Y5 and i4 go from Market Square / Friar Lane in the middle of Nottingham (bus stops F2, B1 and F3). Please see the bus services page for further information.

By train

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

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. Follow the signs to the trams (NET), and get on a tram headed towards Toton Lane (green line). The closet stop is “University Boulevard”. Cross the dual carriage way that the tram has been following (there are pedestrian crossing points), turn left and follow the pavement around the outside of railings around the University Park, towards the roundabout ahead.  At the roundabout, enter Nottingham University Campus at the West Entrance and follow the road round (it bends left, then right) to the Conference Centre, which is about 800m on the right.

From East Midlands Airport

Take the Skylink (EMA–Long Eaton-Nottingham route) and get off at “Paddling Pool” stop. This is at the corner of University Park close to the “University Boulevard” tram stop. Follow the railings round to the West Entrance to University Park, then follow the road round to the Conference Centre, which is about 800m on the right. 

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.

Arrival by car

From the M1, leave at junction 25. Take the A52 towards Nottingham. At the third roundabout, with a BP garage, go right onto Woodside Road. At the next roundabout, turn left into Nottingham University Campus (West Entrance). Follow the road (it bends left, then right) for about 800m. The conference centre is on your right.  Go through barriers. An access code for exit is available at Orchard Hotel or the conference centre reception.

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.

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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 Sophie Bowtell, Events Manager at

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