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Pharmacology Futures 2018 – celebrating 250 years of pharmacology in Edinburgh

This is a British Pharmacological Society focused meeting which will explore the technologies that will drive drug development over the next 10 to 15 years.

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17 May 2018

Abstracts deadline: 02 Mar 2018

Registration deadline: 10 May 2018

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  • Overview
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  • Abstracts & Bursaries
  • Venue & Travel
  • Social Events
  • Accommodation
  • Exhibition & Sponsorship

Pharmacology Futures 2018 will explore the technologies that will drive drug development over the next 10 to 15 years, with speakers sharing their visions of the future to celebrate 250 years of pharmacology in Edinburgh.

The University of Edinburgh’s Cameron Prize for Therapeutics will also be awarded during the meeting.

Objective
To explore the technologies that will drive drug development over the next 10 to 15 years.

Aims

  • To understand the role of structural genomics in generating and testing small molecule inhibitors
  • To appreciate the importance of epigenetics as a target for drug discovery
  • To recognise the role of stem cells in therapeutics, drug safety pharmacology, and drug discovery
  • To appreciate the use of biomarkers in guiding therapy
  • To understand the importance of allosteric drug binding sites for novel drug development
  • To describe trans-institute approaches to drug development for neurological diseases, using the NIMH as an example.

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Organising committee:  

  • Professor Michael Eddleston, Professor of Clinical Toxicology, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor David Webb, President BPS and Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh, UK 
  • Dr Gillian Gray, Reader in Cardiovascular Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr Dawn Livingstone, Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor John Kelly, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor Mark Evans, Professor of Cellular Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor David Wyllie, Professor of Ion Channel Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr Emma Morrison, Registrar in Clinical Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor Steve Hill, President-Elect BPS and Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, University of Nottingham, UK

Chairs:  

  • Professor Sue Fleetwood-Walker, Professor of Sensory Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor Mark Evans, Professor of Cellular Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr Sally Argyle, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor David Wyllie, Professor of Ion Channel Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor Sir John Savill, Regius Professor of Medical Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK
Speakers: 
  • Professor Chas Bountra, Structural Genomics Consortium, University of Oxford and Former VP and Head of Biology, GlaxoSmithKline, UK
  • Professor Christine Mummery, Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands
  • Professor Susan Amara, Scientific Director, National Institute of Mental Health, USA
  • Dr Rab Prinjha, ‎Vice-President, Head of Epinova Epigenetics Discovery Performance Unit, GlaxoSmithKline, UK
  • Professor Mark Nelson, Chair and University Distinguished Professor, University of Vermont, USA 
  • Dr James Dear, Reader in Clinical Pharmacology, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Professor Arthur Christopoulos, Professor of Pharmacology and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Monash University, Australia
  • Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, Department of Health, UK
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 meetings@bps.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7239 0183.
 

Registration fees 

 

Early bird Registration
(available until 16/04/2018)

Standard Registration

Registration 
The registration fee includes attendance at the meeting and access to refreshments during breaks.

Student Member

£50

£75

Member  

£85

£120

Non-Member Student 

£60

£85

Non-Member  

£100

£135

Delegate Dinner - Thursday 17 May

£55

£55

 

Abstract submissions

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 2 March 2018.

PhD students and early career researchers* are invited to submit a scientific abstract showing how their work contributes to the ‘Future of Pharmacology’.  Authors of the best three abstracts in each category will be invited for oral presentation at the meeting and will compete for a Pharmacology Futures prize. Two winners will be selected, one from each category (PhD students and Early Careers Researchers) to receive certificates and prizes of £250.  The authors of all other accepted abstracts will be invited to present a poster. 
*Early careers researchers: oral communications - for those with up to 7 years’ full-time equivalent post-doctoral experience as of May 2018

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

Bursaries

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.

Apply for a bursary

Bursary submission deadline: Friday 2 March 2018. 

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:

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh 
EH1 1JF

Directions:

By bike
Edinburgh is a cycle-friendly city. At peak times, cyclists can share the buses' green lanes and many junctions have advance cycle stop lines. Cycle racks are available on Chambers Street to park your bike.

By bus
A number of buses go via the city centre and stop outside the museum on Chambers Street, or nearby on George IV Bridge and South Bridge. Single and day tickets are available. Lothian Buses’ family DAYticket allows two adults and up to three children unlimited travel together on day services. Visit the Lothian Buses website for further information. 

Edinburgh Bus Tours open-top buses also stop at the museum. Visit www.edinburghtour.com for details.

By train
The nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. The Museum is a 10-15 minute walk away.
Visit www.travelinescotland.com for further details and to plan your journey.

By car or coach
Follow signs to the city centre. Off-street parking is available at nearby at NCP sites.
Delegates are invited to attend the conference dinner being held on the evening of Thursday 17 May 2018. Prior to the dinner, a drinks reception will be held in the Explore Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland. Dinner tickets can be booked during the registration process. 

Delegate dinner registration fee: £55 

Delegate dinner venue: 
National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh 
EH1 1JF

If you have any questions regarding the delegate dinner, then please contact the BPS Office at meetings@bps.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7239 0183.

Accommodation

MICE Concierge are the official concierge team for Pharmacology Futures 2018, they are here to help take care of your booking requirements during your visit to Edinburgh.

How to book your accommodation

  • To book your delegate accommodation with MICE Concierge, please click here
  • Enter your name, email address, phone number and booking details into the provided box
  • Once you have entered your details MICE Concierge will be in contact with suggested accommodation option


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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 Susanne Schweda at meetings@bps.ac.uk.