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BPS Winter Meeting

18 Dec 2012 - 20 Dec 2012 - Queen Elizabeth II Conference London, UK



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The BPS Winter Meeting is held annually and attracts around 800 scientists each year, mostly from the UK but also many from across Europe and from overseas.

Scientific programme

Tuesday 18 December
Safety Pharmacology in Drug Development: Current and Future Direction
GPCRs: Mutations, Polymorphisms, Drugs and Disease
Translating Novel Anti-Cancer Strategies into Man

Wednesday 19 December
Pharmacology of Pattern Recognition Receptors
New Drug Targets for Cardiovascular Disease
Cancer Mechanisms for Effective Targeting

Thursday 20 December
Raising the profile of Pharmacology through public engagement
Emerging Pharmacology of Prostaglandin EP Receptors
New Targets in Oncology: Stem Cells, Signalling and the Microenvironment



Further information
Scientific News
Poor Survival Rates in Leukemia Linked to Persistent Genetic Mutations
For patients with an often-deadly form of leukemia, new research suggests that lingering cancer-related mutations – detected after initial treatment with chemotherapy – are associated with an increased risk of relapse and poor survival.
Searching Big Data Faster
Theoretical analysis could expand applications of accelerated searching in biology, other fields.
Growing Hepatitis C in the Lab
Recent discovery allows study of naturally occurring forms of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the lab.
Inciting an Immune Attack on Cancer Cells
A new minimally invasive vaccine that combines cancer cells and immune-enhancing factors could be used clinically to launch a destructive attack on tumors.
Reprogramming Cancer Cells
Researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have discovered a way to potentially reprogram cancer cells back to normalcy.
Genetic Overlapping in Multiple Autoimmune Diseases May Suggest Common Therapies
CHOP genomics expert leads analysis of genetic architecture, with eye on repurposing existing drugs.
Surprising Mechanism Behind Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Uncovered
Now, scientists at TSRI have discovered that the important human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, develops resistance to this drug by “switching on” a previously uncharacterized set of genes.
How DNA ‘Proofreader’ Proteins Pick and Edit Their Reading Material
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered how two important proofreader proteins know where to look for errors during DNA replication and how they work together to signal the body’s repair mechanism.
Fat in the Family?
Study could lead to therapeutics that boost metabolism.
Tissue Bank Pays Dividends for Brain Cancer Research
Checking what’s in the bank – the Brisbane Breast Bank, that is – has paid dividends for UQ cancer researchers.
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