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Upstate Sponsors First Annual Cell Signalling Symposium June 6-9, 2004

10/19/2005 5:10:59 PM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The First Annual Cell Signalling Symposium will be held June 6-9, 2004, at the West Park Centre, Dundee, U.K. It is co-sponsored by Upstate and the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit at the University of Dundee. This two-and-a-half day, not-for-profit meeting is entitled 'Regulation and Therapeutic Potential of the PI 3-Kinase/PKB Signalling Pathway.' Registration is open to all scientists with an interest in cell signalling, drug discovery and disease.

The keynote lecture will be held on Sunday evening, June 6, by Stephen O'Rahilly from Cambridge, UK, on the Identification of Novel Genes that Predispose to Diabetes and Obesity. Other featured speakers include Sir Philip Cohen, Dario Alessi, Morris White, Laurence Pearl, Peter Downes, plus many other well-known scientists. Topics featured will include: The Role of PKB in Cell Transformation and Cancer; Development and Therapeutic Potential of PI 3-Kinase Inhibitors; Insulin/IGF-1 Signalling and Lifespan; Serine Phosphorylation of IRS Proteins and Insulin Resistance; Development and Therapeutic Potential of PTP Inhibitors; and others for a total of 23 sessions.

Also at the symposium, the winner of the Upstate Young Cell Signaller 2004 Award will be announced from five finalists chosen from Ph.D. students and first time post-doctorates who submitted abstracts to an experienced scientific panel for judging. The winner will receive $17,000 worth of support funding for reagents for their laboratory, a personal cash prize of $8,500 and a trophy.

To find out more about the symposium or to register, visit, call Michelle Hynd at +44 (0) 1908 552839 or e-mail

Upstate is the leading supplier of innovative cell signaling products, technology, platforms and services. Founded in 1988, Upstate provides researchers at pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities and government agencies with advanced tools to accelerate life science research and drug discovery. Upstate's global reach includes six locations in the U.S. and Europe with key technology centers in its Charlottesville, VA headquarters; Lake Placid, NY; and Dundee and Cambridge in the U.K.


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