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Short Courses in Integrative Pharmacology and Physiology

Applications now open

These courses are designed primarily for undergraduates wishing to gain hands-on experience of mammalian in vivo research techniques.  Postgraduates without experience are also eligible to apply - there is no limit on the number of applications. 

Run in two parts, the first part involves attending a Home Office training course during the Easter vacation, and in the summer, students attend a five-day hands-on experimental course.

To be eligible to apply:
• Students must be based at a university in the UK or ROI.
• Students must not already hold a Home Office Personal Licence or have previously attended a similar course.
• Students must be studying or working in an area of physiology, pharmacology, biomedical sciences or related discipline.
• Postgraduate applicants must not already have previous experience of in vivo research techniques.

All applications must be collated, assessed and submitted by a suitable representative at each institution.  Please note submissions from Newcastle will be coordinated by Georgina Carr in the School of Biomedical Sciences:

Applications must be submitted to by Monday 5 December 2011. 

For further information, please visit the Physiological website

EMBO Workshop - Intracellular Proteolysis & Cancer

October 26th - 28th 2011, Valencia, Spain

Participation in this workshop is limited to 150 people.  Organisers are encouraging people to register as early as possible.  Priority will be given to applicants who have submitted an abstract. 

The deadline for all abstracts is 5th August 2011

Participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work through posters and short talks selected from the abstracts. Acceptance will be based upon the quality and relevance of the submissions.

For additional information including abstract submission please visit the EMBO Workshop website.

Biochemical Society Writing Competition

Science Writing Competition

Entries should
comprise original work of up to 1,500 words
be on a molecular bioscience topic (specified on your entry form)
be targeted at the general public
demonstrate a high level of spelling and grammar
be scientifically accurate
be creative, engaging and well-written
All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form.

In addition to the cash prizes, the winning article will be published in our members’ magazine The Biochemist, and on the Society’s website. The prizes will be awarded at a special Centenary event in London. The names of the shortlisted entries will appear on the Society’s website.

When is the deadline? Entries must be received by 20th April 2011.

full details at

ICM Seminar:

1. Selective partitioning of hepatic glucose metabolism to glycogen by serotonin through a distinct signalling pathway from insulin

2. Identifying biomarkers of therapeutic tolerance in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Speaker 1:  Dr Sue Tudhope, Research Associate, ICM

Glucose uptake by the liver and subsequent glycogen production is dependent on many factors including glucose load and insulin, however, other factor(s) are also thought to be involved. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and serotonergic nerves are found in the liver.  Our aim is to determine whether serotonin is a regulator of hepatic glycogen production.

Speaker 2:  Rachel Harry, PhD student, ICM

Biomarkers of efficacy of novel tolerance-inducing therapies for autoimmune diseases remain to be identified.  This study aims to identify biomarkers of a new generation anti-CD3 antibody, Otelixizumab for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis".

Creative Science Communication Training

Date: Monday 21st March
Time: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Venue: Science Learning Centre North East, Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5BZ

Are you looking for new ways to communicate your science? Are you looking for inspiration in engaging people with your ideas? If so, we would like to invite you to join us for a FREE day of creative science communication training lead by Claire Willis from the Science Learning Centre North East:

The day will include an introduction to best practice in the effective use of networking, interaction with industry, schools and STEM Clubs, and activities will focus on the use of creative and performing arts to communicate scientific ideas. This training is particularly aimed at people who will be involved in working with industry, schools and STEM Clubs, but is open to anyone from any of the HEIs operating in the North East or the Centre for Life with an interest in developing their science communication skills.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to participate in this training please book a place by completing the form available at:

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