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Immunopharmacology: Challenges, opportunities and research tools

This two-day scientific meeting is designed to give participants the opportunity to hear leading academic and industry experts in immunity, inflammation and infection from around the world present their research. The meeting provides invaluable opportunities for participants to network with both immunologists and pharmacologists from the UK and overseas.

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01–02 Oct 2018

Abstracts deadline:

Registration deadline: 24 Sep 2018

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  • Overview
  • Registration
  • Event Programme
  • Abstracts & bursaries
  • Venue
  • Exhibition & Sponsorship

A recent global pharmaceutical R&D review lists the top-three general mechanisms of action as immunostimulant, anticancer immunotherapy and immunosuppressant, covering 1704, 399 and 221 therapeutic agents, respectively (Pharmaprojects® pharma R&D annual review 2016). The increasing dominance of these categories is reflected in growing academic and industrial research in the pharmacology of immunity, inflammation and infection. Data exchange between these three research communities and the pharmacology community is therefore critical to the development of new drugs, and the overall aim of this meeting.

Aims and objectives

  • To bring together academic and industry experts in the fields of immunity, inflammation and infection research, as related to pharmacology, to highlight the challenges in bridging the gap in communication and data exchange between the immunity, inflammation and infection research communities and the pharmacology community, and the need for an easily accessible data flow in both directions.

  • To officially launch the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) Guide to IMMUNOPHARMCOLOGY database project (GtoImmuPdb; http://www.guidetoimmunopharmacology.org/), developed to specifically address the need for data exchange in the pharmacology of immunity, inflammation and infection research. This database is an immunity/inflammation-focused extension of the IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY database (GtoPdb; http://www.guidetopharmacology.org/), with an 'immunologist-friendly' web portal to access the data.

  • To assist students and post-docs embarking on a career in academic and industrial immunopharmacology.

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 7843 0492.

Registration closes at 10am on the 24th September 2018.
 

Registration fees 

  Early bird Registration
(available until 03/09/2018)
Standard Registration
Registration 
Fees include attendance to meeting, access to all refreshment breaks as well as a networking event on the evening of Monday 01 October.
Student Member £100 £125
Member £200 £225
Non-Member Student £110 £135
Non-Member  £220 £245
Accommodation 1 night pp B&B N/A £80

 

The event programme will be available shortly. For more information please contact meetings@bps.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7239 0183.
 

 

Abstract submissions

The organisers encourage abstract submissions from final year undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers working in all areas of biology, chemistry, chemical biology, genetics and drug distribution relevant to drug discovery and from early career scientists working in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

A prize will be awarded for the best oral presentation and the best poster presentation given by a young scientist.

Oral presentation abstract submission deadline: Friday 13 July 2018
Poster presentation abstract submission deadline: Friday 13 July 2018

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

The abstract submission system will open in due course.

Bursaries

Society 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: Friday 13 July 2018
The bursary submission system will open in due course.

Society care support bursaries

Care support bursaries are also available to Society members who have caring responsibilities and would benefit from financial support for caring costs.

Venue:

John McIntyre Conference Centre
The University of Edinburgh
Pollock Halls of Residence
18 Holyrood Park Road
Edinburgh
EH16 5AY

Directions:

By Road
If you're coming to Edinburgh from the South, take the A720; City of Edinburgh Bypass, then take the A7 Old Dalkeith Road exit at the Sheriffhall Roundabout going towards the City Centre. Continue straight for approximately 3 miles. Just past the Royal Commonwealth Pool at the lights, turn right onto Holyrood Park Road. Edinburgh First is the second turning on the right. They have limited on-site parking on a first-come first-served basis.

By Taxi
A taxi from St. Andrew Square Bus Station or Princess Street to Edinburgh First will cost approximately £7 and take 5-10 minutes.

By Bus
From the shop side of Princes Street; take a bus to the Royal Commonwealth Pool on Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh First is a short walk down Holyrood Park Road from the stop.
•Lothian Buses: Nos 2, 14, 30, 33 £1.60 is the standard adult one-trip fare. You'll need exact change.
•Munro: 51/52 from North Bridge.

By Rail
Edinburgh First is 2 miles from Edinburgh Waverley, our main station. A taxi or bus will take around 10 minutes.

By Air
Edinburgh First is about 8 miles from Edinburgh International Airport. A taxi will cost around £25, or take an airlink bus service to Waverley Bridge, an adult open return is £9 and a single £4.50.

By Tram
Edinburgh First is about 2 miles from St Andrew's Square, the main Tram terminus. There are regular tram services to and from Edinburgh International Airport. Once you arrive in the city, please follow the bus or taxi instructions above to get to Edinburgh First.
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 Charlotte Cordrey at meetings@bps.ac.uk.