24 February - 25 February 2020

6th RSC/SCI Symposium on Ion Channels as Therapeutic Targets

Organised by:

SCI's Fine Chemicals Group and RSC's Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector

Cambridge, UK

Registration Closed

This event is no longer available for registration.


Ion channels are important targets for therapeutic intervention due to their extensive roles in human physiology and the pathophysiology of disease. Many successful drugs targeting this gene family have been discovered for diseases such as hypertension, epilepsy and neuropathic pain.


This symposium, the 6th in an ongoing series, will showcase the most recent advances to aid the design of new ion channel therapeutics and promote interaction between scientists with a shared interest in the field of ion channel drug discovery.



• Medicinal chemistry case studies of ion channels as therapeutic targets

• Advances in structure determination techniques and successful structure determinations of key ion channels

• Novel pharmacology and target validation

• Emerging technologies for targeting, assaying and modulating ion channel targets

• Plenary speakers, poster sessions, trade exhibition, on-site accommodation and dinner



Scientists from industry and academia interested in the therapeutic potential of ion channels. The organising committee particularly welcomes attendance and participation of students working in the field of ion channel research.

Venue and Contact

University of Cambridge

Wellcome Genome Campus
CB10 1RQ

Maggi Churchouse

Tel: +44 (0)1359 221004

Email: maggi@maggichurchouseevents.co.uk

Booking Process/Deadlines

Booking terms and conditions

CPD Info

SCI Members attending this meeting are able to claim CPD points.

Accredited cpd Centre - The CPD Standards Office - CPD Provider 41057 - www.cpdstandards.com


Call for papers

Abstracts are invited for poster presentation. The closing date is Friday 15 November 2019. Posters will be displayed throughout the meeting, there will be optional flash oral presentations, and a dedicated poster session on Monday evening.


Discounted rates will be offered to SCI and RSC members, and some student bursaries will be available. The closing date for applications has yet to be agreed.

Organising Committee
  • Karl Collins, Bayer

  • Brian Cox, University of Sussex

  • Ged Giblin, Giblin Consultancy

  • Sarah Major, Charnwood Molecular

  • Nigel Swain, Sosei Heptares

  • Jason Tierney, Top Tier Consultancy

Venue & Travel

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1RQ, UK.

By air: Stansted airport is 20 minutes’ drive, London City and Luton are 60 minutes, and Heathrow and Gatwick are 90 minutes. 

Accommodation will be available at the conference venue, and may be booked at the time of registration.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

There will be a relevant trade exhibition.  Stand space will measure 3 m wide x 2 m deep, and will include a table, chair, electrical and wi-fi access.   The charge for an exhibition stand space with one full delegate is £900 (including the conference dinner).


Delegate Pack Inserts

The option for delegate pack inserts is also available, charged at £250 for a maximum of two sheets of A4 fixed together (sponsor supplies). Exhibition stand spaces are likely to be priced in the region of £900, to include one full delegate and conference dinner.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held at the Wellcome Trust and will be included in the registration fee.