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Emerging paradigms in drug discovery and chemical biology

A joint meeting of the Society for Medicines Research and the British Pharmacological Society

05 Oct 2017

Abstracts deadline: 05 Sep 2017

Registration deadline: 28 Sep 2017

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  • Overview
  • Event programme
  • Registration
  • Abstracts & Bursaries
  • Venue & Travel
  • Exhibition & Sponsorship

The Society for Medicines Research and the British Pharmacological Society are pleased to announce their first joint meeting, specifically targeted towards young researchers from across the UK and Europe with an interest in drug discovery. The meeting is particularly targeted at final year undergraduate, PhD and postdoctoral researchers working in all areas of chemistry, chemical biology, biology and genetics relevant to drug discovery and early career scientists working in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

The one-day programme will bring together internationally-recognised speakers and will also provide an opportunity for young scientists to present their research through oral and poster presentations. 

A key aspect of working in drug discovery is the interaction with scientists from other disciplines and to understand the challenges that each discipline faces. This meeting will therefore provide a unique opportunity for young researchers to share their experience and to network with scientists from a wide range of disciplines and experience working in drug discovery. 

The preliminary programme is now available and a call for speakers and poster presenters to complete the programme will shortly be announced with a final programme appearing during the summer. Prizes will be awarded for the best talk and the best poster by a young scientist. If you are interested in presenting your research either as a poster or as a presentation please do contact the organisers.

Draft programme:
• How do we de-risk new or ‘undruggable’ targets, quickly?
  Professor Chas Bountra, SGC Chief Scientist and Professor of Translational Medicine, University of Oxford

• The kinetics of drug action; signalling in a new era
   Professor Steve Charlton, University of Nottingham, UK

• Impact of the new biology
  Dr Darrin Disley, Horizon Discovery, UK

• Up to ten oral presentations from young scientists

• A poster session and networking drinks reception

Details on registration will be available soon. For more information please contact

Registration fees

Submit an abstract
  • Poster presentations deadline: Tuesday 5 September 2017 (midnight)

Abstract Guidelines for Authors
Abstract Sample
Instructions for Completing the Online Abstract Form
Poster preperation guidelines


Registration Bursaries
The Society for Medicines Research is making available a limited number of bursaries to cover registration for this meeting. Applications are open to full- and part-time students in the UK who are registered for an undergraduate or post-graduate degree. Applications for bursaries must be received by Thursday 31 August by e-mail and must include and be supported by the signature of a Head of Department. Applications for these registration bursaries may be made using this form. In the event that applications for bursaries exceed the available budget, the Organizing Committee’s decision on which applications are successful will be final.
Travel & Accommodation Bursaries
The British Pharmacological Society is making available bursary support for eligible members who are attending and presenting their work at the meeting, regardless of geography. 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. 

Deadline for Registration Bursaries: Thursday 31 August
Email applications to:

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: 

Charles Darwin House
12 Roger Street


By rail:
The nearest rail stations are: 
  • Farringdon (0.8 miles)
  • King's Cross (1.1 miles)
  • Euston (1.3 miles)
For more information regarding train times and connections, please visit the National Rail website
By tube:
The nearest underground stations are:
  •  Chancery Lane (0.4 miles) - Central line
  • Russell Square (0.5 miles) - Piccadilly line
  • Holborn (0.6 miles) - Central and Piccadilly line
  • Farringdon (0.8 miles) - Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City line
  • King's Cross (1.1 miles) - Nothern, Victoria, Piccadilly, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City line
  • Euston (1.3 miles) - Northern and Victoria line
For more information regarding underground train times and connections, please visit the Transport for London website.  
By bicycle:
Charles Darwin House has a limited number of secure parking spaces available for bicycles, available on a first come first served basis.

By bus:
The following bus routes serve Theobalds Road:
  • 19 - (Finsbury Park Interchange - Battersea Bridge/Hester Road),
  • 38 (Clapton Pond – Victoria bus station),
  • 55 (Lea Bridge Road/Bakers Arms - Oxford Circus)
  •  243 (Redvers Road - Waterloo Station/Mepham Street) 
The following bus routes serve Gray’s Inn Road:
  • 17 - Archway Station/Junction Road - London Bridge Station),
  • 45 (St Pancras International Station - Atkins Road/New Park Road)
  • 46 (Lancaster Gate Station - Stonecutter Street)
By car:
Visitors are advised to use public transport where possible. There is a limited amount of on-street metered parking space available on Roger Street and North Mews. The nearest Car Park Facilities are London Saffron Hill, EC1N 8XA, and 12 Farringdon Road, EC1M 3JB. 
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 email Susanne Schweda at