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General and Advanced Receptor Theory (GART) 2018 workshop

The GART workshop will develop and refresh knowledge of how common theories of drug action can be quantified and how simple receptor mechanisms can be used to interpret pharmacological data.

12–13 Feb 2018

Abstracts deadline:

Registration deadline:

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The GART workshop will develop and refresh knowledge of how common theories of drug action can be quantified and how simple receptor mechanisms can be used to interpret pharmacological data. The workshop considers both agonist and antagonist action and the interpretation of radioligand binding data, from basic mechanisms to clinical application, and is appropriate for anyone whose role involves understanding drug action, with a background in the biosciences and at least one or two years of experience of laboratory experiment.

Learning Objectives

  • To increase understanding of fundamental pharmacological principles in order to aid drug discovery and development of new drug therapies
  • To aid evaluation and interpretation of pharmacological data to allow accurate reporting
  • To enhance understanding of the mechanisms of drug action and identification of ways of improving experimental design and the drug discovery process

Speaker Information

Professor Alasdair Gibb: Alasdair Gibb is a graduate in Biochemistry and Pharmacology from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and he stayed on at the University of Strathclyde to complete his PhD. After doing postdoctoral research in Physiology at the Australian National University in Canberra, he came to the Pharmacology Department at University College London in 1986 to take up a Postdoctoral Fellowship with David Colquhoun. Alasdair was appointed Lecturer in Pharmacology at UCL in 1990. He is a past member of the MRC New Investigator Awards Panel, Editor and Distributing Editor of the Journal of Physiology and Coordinator of the Ion Channels Special Interest Group of the Physiological Society. He has been an Editor of the British Journal of Pharmacology and is currently an Editor of Molecular Pharmacology. Alasdair is one of the coordinators of the Wellcome Trust 4 year PhD Programme in Neuroscience at UCL and is Programme Director of the UCL MSc in Biomedical Sciences and a Postgraduate Tutor for PhD students in Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology at UCL. He is a lecturer for the IBRO VLTP programme delivering neuroscience teaching to postgraduate students in developing countries around the world and is lead organizer of the British Pharmacological Society General and Advanced Receptor Theory (GART) Workshops.

Dr Elliot Lilley: B.Sc., Ph.D., is a pharmacologist with expertise in animal welfare, in vivo biology and receptor theory. He is an experienced lecturer at both undergraduate and post graduate level, in the following areas: receptor theory, drug discovery, gastrointestinal pharmacology and animal welfare. He obtained his degree in biomedical science from King’s College London and was well and truly bitten by the Pharmacology bug.  He was fortunate to have the opportunity to study for PhD under Alan Gibson, also at King’s. Following his PhD, Dr Lilley was asked to join the James Black Foundation in south London as an in vivo Pharmacologist; it was there where his passion for drug discovery and analytical pharmacology developed. In 2006, after nearly 10 years at the Foundation, he moved to Novartis in Horsham where he set up the in vivo pharmacology group for the newly established gastrointestinal disease area. He is a passionate advocate for animal welfare and the promotion and application of the principles of Reduction, Replacement and Refinement of procedures that use animals. His current role with the RSPCA, as s senior scientific officer, provides an excellent opportunity to promote these principles and to make a tangible difference to the welfare of animals used in scientific research.

Dr David Hall: A senior scientific investigator in the Fibrosis Discovery Performance Unit at GlaxoSmithKline where he has been employed since 1996. He specialises in in vitro pharmacological analysis of ligand-receptor interactions and mathematical modelling of pharmacological systems. He graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of York in 1990 and a PhD in Pharmacology from Susanna Hourani’s lab at the University of Surrey in 1993. More recently he has gained degrees in Chemistry and in Mathematics. Following his PhD, he spent 3 years as a post-doctoral researcher with Philip Strange at the University of Kent working on inverse agonism at D2-like dopamine receptors where he developed his interest in mathematical modelling before moving to GSK. Whilst at GSK his main focus has been on G-protein coupled receptor targets in inflammatory diseases, particularly chemokine receptors, although he has also spent some time working on ligand-gated ion channels. He also runs a short course on basic pharmacological principles within GSK and teaches on their molecular pharmacology course at the University of Cambridge.

Dr Guy Moss: Started his scientific career in the Biophysics group at Imperial College, London, where he studied the molecular mechanisms of general anaesthesia. He then moved to the Department of Pharmacology at Yale University to study K+ channels. He remained there for six years before returning to the UK in 1996 to take up a lectureship in the Department of Pharmacology at UCL. His teaching includes quantitative methods in pharmacology and receptor theory. He is currently the Director of UCL CoMPLEX, an interdisciplinary science centre devoted to bringing computational, physical and mathematical approaches into biology and medicine.

Workshop dinner

A workshop dinner for speakers and delegates will be held on Monday 12th February. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with both the speakers and other delegates in an informal setting.

Dinner cost: £25

Try Thai Restaurant
Upper G/F 52-54 Faulkner Street
M1 4FH

Registration is now closed, please contact for further information.

Workshop venue

Arora Hotel Manchester
18-24 Princess Street
M1 4LG

United Kingdom

Travel Instructions

Bus stops on the corner of Princess Street and Portland Street. The hotel is 200 yards up Princess Street on the left hand side.

From the Piccadilly Station (10-minute walk), follow signs for Piccadilly Gardens. Turn left onto Portland Street then right onto Princess Street. Arora Hotel Manchester will be on your left.

From Oxford Road Station (7-minute walk) turn left along Oxford Road and continue to the traffic lights. Turn right onto Portland Street, then left at the next set of traffic lights onto Princess Street. Arora Hotel Manchester will be on your left hand side.

The Manchester Metrolink Tram is only a 2 minute-walk from Arora Hotel Manchester the nearest station being St Peter’s Square and offers speedy access to Manchester United Football Club, The Trafford Centre and other locations throughout the region.

Please note that the hotel does not have its own parking but offers a concessionary residents rate in Q Parks Piazza on St James’ Street.

Tourist Information
Manchester’s Tourist Information Centre is: 1 Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, Lancs, M1 1RG. For further information about Manchester and locations of other tourist information, please visit their website.

British Pharmacological Society on-site contact details
Laura Neville - Education & Training Manager
Mobile: +44 (0) 7789 076273