7th RSC / SCI symposium on GPCRs

in Medicinal Chemistry


Monday-Wednesday, 10th-12th September 2018


Aptuit, Verona, Italy








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 Downloads and Links

First announcement

Abstract template - closing dates are 2nd January (oral) and 11th July (poster)


Accommodation booking agency

Directions to Aptuit

Public bus-stop near Aptuit

Coach pick-up point in Verona


RSC webpage

SCI webpage



The key role of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) in human disease underpins their importance to modern medicine. We are pleased to announce that Aptuit, Italy will support the seventh meeting in this series on GPCR drug discovery, which will combine cutting edge medicinal chemistry with innovative structural biology and novel drug design approaches.


The meeting will consist of:

First disclosures of clinical candidates
Case studies in GPCR drug discovery and development
New structural biology and drug design
cAllosteric modulation & biased signalling

Also:   poster session - trade exhibition opportunities - two evening dinners and vineyard visit - accommodation agency booking service


Call for Abstracts

Applications for oral and poster presentations are welcome. Posters will be displayed through the meeting and applicants may indicate whether they wish to be considered for a flash oral presentation when submitting an abstract (two minutes, single slide). Please download a template and send it to the secretariat by 2nd January (oral) or 11th July 2018 (poster).


Download an abstract template here.

Closing dates are 2nd January (oral) and 11th July (poster)



Confirmed Speakers  


Trisubstituted cyclohexanes as dual antagonists of CCR2 and CCR5

Robert Cherney, BMS, US


Arthur Christopoulos, Monash University, Australia

Application of structure-based drug design to peptidergic GPCRs

Miles Congreve, Heptares Therapeutics, UK


Mining structural GPCR-ligand interaction maps to navigate medicinal chemistry space

Chris de Graaf, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL

Michael Hanson, GPCR Consortium, USA
Xiayang Qiu, Pfizer, USA
Daniel Rosenbaum, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA



Accommodation, Dinners and Social Activities

For all accommodation requests (including last-minute bookings), we suggest you use the 24-hour service provided by Verona Booking, using this weblink.


The registration fee will include dinners on Monday and Tuesday evening and vineyard tour.


Monday:  Coach travel from Aptuit, and visit to Tommasi Vineyard with tour and post-tour drink.  Coach to Villa Quaranta for dinner, and return coach to Verona city.


Tuesday:  Meet at Ristorante San Matteo Church for dinner (choice of pizza or pasta), dessert, wine, beer and networking.




Students and Bursaries

Discounted rates will be offered to RSC and SCI student members, and some student bursaries will be available on application.



Venue and Travel


Aptuit, Via Alessandro Fleming 4, 37135 Verona, Italy, telephone +39 (0)45 821 8111.  Directions may be found here.


Distances and Journey Times by Car from Aptuit:

Verona Villafranca airport, 7.5 miles, 15-20 minutes

Verona Porta Nuova railway station, 3.5 miles, 15-20 minutes

Verona city centre, 3.5 miles, 15-20 minutes.


Coaches provided by Conference

A coach service will be provided gratis between Verona city centre

(Giardini Pradaval location map) and Aptuit at the beginning and end of each day, and on a daily basis.


Transport between the Airport and Railway Station

Aerobus provides public transport between the city centre, the railway station and the airport, running every 20 minutes.  Further information may be found on this weblink.


Public Bus to Aptuit

Bus lines       51 and 52 (urban lines), and 148 (extra-urban line)
Direction      Sacra Famiglia / Castel d’Azzano
Bus stop        via Dell’Esperanto/Glaxo (see this map)
Website        for routes and timetable
Journey time 15-20 minutes from Verona Porta Nuova railway station, depending on traffic.

Bus-stop        plan showing location of bus-stop at Aptuit


Aptuit's preferred taxi supplier is Ready Car Service, who offer special rates when you quote “Aptuit-GPCR conference – please apply Aptuit rate”.   To book online, please use this weblink, and to book by e-mail, please use this e-mail address. 

Telephone +39 (0)45 505066

Fax            +39 (0)45 505118

Mobile       +39 (0)3497 589992 (24-hour service)


Ready Car Service Aptuit rates are:

- Verona city centre car: (3 people) 17.50€ minivan, (8 people) 23.50€
- Verona airport: car (3 people) 21€, minivan (8 people) 28.50€
- Verona railway station: similar rates to Verona city centre.
Public taxis may cost a little less on average, but rates may vary depending on journey time / traffic.


RadioTaxi App
Telephone     +39 (0)45 532666 (24-hour service)

Mobile           +39 (0)3403 210021
Fare               0.97€/km (city centre itineraries)
Payment         cash (Euro), or credit card payments upon request

                      at time of taxi booking (not AmEx).


Exhibitors and Sponsors

Exhibition opportunities will be available.

Special thanks to Aptuit and Evotec for supporting this event. Additional sponsors would be welcomed.


Organising Committee

Adrian Hall (co-chairman), UCB
Caroline Low, Consultant
Jon Mason, Heptares
Fabrizio Micheli, Aptuit
David Miller (co-chairman), Inflazome
Sarah Skerratt, Vertex



Contact Secretariat

Maggi Churchouse, 3 East Barn, Market Weston Road, Thelnetham, Diss IP22 1JJ, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)1359 221004

E-mail:  maggi@maggichurchouseevents.co.uk 



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