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‘Ion Channels in Health and Disease' - Registration closes on Friday 16th!

Registration is now open!

Alan Hodgkin (1914-1998) and Andrew Huxley (1917-2012) published in 1952 a series of papers in The Journal of Physiology, which have revolutionised our understanding of neuronal function. They described in detail the conductances that underlie the action potential and proposed a model for its generation that still represents a gold standard of quantitative neuroscience.

Our Symposium aims to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the award of the Nobel Prize to Hodgkin and Huxley, by highlighting arguably the most general and important implication of their work, the existence and function of ion channels.


Registration and Programme:

This is an international meeting, open to delegates from Cambridge and elsewhere.

Registration is heavily subsidised so that people working in neuroscience at all stages of their careers can benefit from the scientific interactions and lectures given by 25 speakers - 9 from the University of Cambridge, 6 based in the UK or other parts of Europe, and 10 from elsewhere in the world. As part of the programme, Professor Karl Deisseroth (Stanford University) will deliver the Alan Hodgkin Lecture and Nobel Laureate Professor Bert Sackmann (Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany) will deliver the Andrew Huxley Lecture.

We are expecting around 500 attendees, the full capacity of the West Road Concert Hall.

Registration is now open!

Please get in contact for group discounts and packages (including accommodation).

Registration will close on August 16th 2013.

Reception and Gala Conference Dinner at Trinity College:

Since Alan Hodgkin and Andrew Huxley were both former Masters of Trinity College, Cambridge, the symposium will be opened by the present Master, Sir Greg Winter, who will host a reception in the Master's Lodge before the dinner at Trinity College (places are limited so register soon).

Poster exhibition:

There will be a poster exhibition held during the conference with generous prizes. Posters can cover any of the five themes of Cambridge Neuroscience

Please note that poster boards will be 1 metre (w) by 2 metres (h). The optimum size for posters is A0 portrait (i.e. 841mm (w) x 1189mm (h)). If your poster is already printed and does not fit these requirements, please contact Dervila Glynn.

Public Engagement Programme:

As part of this celebratory conference, we are delighted to be able to host events that will be open to the public.

Professor Nicky Clayton and Mr Clive Wilkins will present ‘Thinking beyond words’, a dance performance representing a unique collaboration between neuroscience and the arts. Nicky Clayton is Professor of Comparative Cognition in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge and Scientist in Residence at Rambert Dance Company. Clive Wilkins is an independent fine artist, creative writer, performer and teacher. For more information on their collaboration, please read their blog.

Professor Fran Ashcroft (University of Oxford) will deliver the public lecture (sponsored by Neusentis) on 'The Spark of Life'.

The Hodgkin-Huxley Exhibition (sponsored by CED) will feature a range of equipment and memorabilia and will run along side the conference. 

For more details and for infomation on sponsorship and accommodation, please visit the conference website.

Posted on 12/04/2013

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