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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
Genetic Variability in Cell Bank Lots
Researchers working with cancer cells from the same cell bank acquired at the same time, found that the cells were genetically different.
Rapidly Generating Bone, Heart Muscle
A new study shows that combining positive and negative signals can quickly and efficiently steer stem cells down complex developmental pathways to become specialized tissues that could be used in the clinic.
New Therapeutic Targets For Small Cell Lung Cancer Identified
Researchers at UTSW Medical Center have identified a protein termed ASCL1 that is essential to the development of small cell lung cancer.
New Mechanism of Tuberculosis Infection
Researchers have identified a new infection mechanism of tuberculosis that could lead to a new therapeutic angle.
Modelling ALS Requires ‘Aged’ Stem Cells
Research suggests engineered cells are too ‘young’ to accurately model ALS and should be 'aged' to speed progress toward finding potential treatments.
Protein Reinforces Growth of Damaged Muscles
Biologists have found a protein involved in stem cells that bolsters damaged muscle tissue growth - potential for muscle degeneration treatments.
Treating HIV with Cancer-Fighting Gene Shows Promise
A type of gene immunotherapy that has shown promising results against cancer could also be used against HIV.
'Antigen-Presenting Cell' Defends Against Cancer
Through advanced imaging, researchers have identified cells that encourages increases in immune system cancer defences.
HIV Hides No Longer
Researchers are working to create proteins that clear HIV-infected cells in order to eliminate latent infection and dormancy.
R&D Agreement for Development of CtDNA Diagnostics
SeraCare and NIST partner for development of ctDNA diagnostic assay reference materials.
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