18 March - 19 March 2013
SCI’s Fine Chemicals Group and RSC's Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector
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Ion Channels are important targets for therapeutic intervention due to their extensive roles in human physiology and the pathophysiology of disease. A large number of successful drugs targeting ion channels have been discovered for diseases such as hypertension, epilepsy and chronic neuropathic pain. Recent advances in the science of ion channels have reinvigorated the search for new medicines in this field. Examples include the continued refinement of high throughput and automated electrophysiology platforms allowing efficient identification of lead compounds and their mechanisms of action; the genetic association of ion channel targets with human disease (e.g. the role of NaV1.7 in pain); the break-throughs in structural biology that have led to the successful determination of the 3-dimensional structures of several ion channels.
The objectives of the symposium are to showcase the most recent advances in ion channel science and to promote scientific interaction between researchers with a shared interest in ion channel drug discovery. The speakers will include international leaders in ion channels science and drug discovery both from academia and from industry. In addition there will be a poster session, an exhibition and opportunities for informal networking. A number of therapeutic areas will be included with a special focus on ion channel therapeutics for pain indications.
Abington HallAbington Hall, Granta Park, Great Abington, Cambridge, CB21 6GP.
Tel: +44 (0)1359 221004
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Posters are seen as an important part of the meeting. They will be displayed throughout the meeting and during a dedicated poster session on the evening of 18th March. Offers of posters relevant to the themes of the meeting are invited. Please submit a one-page abstract in Word format, to reach the secretariat by 18th January 2013.
We are pleased to be able to offer exhibitor spaces at this event at a fixed rate of £500 (excluding delegate). Those companies wishing to have a trade stand should apply early to avoid disappointment as space is limited.
Karl Gibson (Chair), Sandexis
Ged Giblin, Convergence
Richard Hamlyn, Xention
Nigel Swain, Pfizer Neusentis
Stansted airport is a 30-minute drive away, and is easily accessible from the M11.
Cambridge rail station is 10 miles away.