6th RSC / SCI symposium

on Ion Channels

as Therapeutic Targets

Monday-Tuesday, 24th-25th February 2020

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridge, UK


Registration is not yet open


Twitter hashtag - #IonChannels20


Downloads and Links

First announcement

Abstract template - closing dates are 21st June (oral) and 31st December 2019 (poster)


Venue location map

Venue directions


RSC website

SCI website - yet to be uploaded


Ion channels are important targets for therapeutic intervention due to their extensive roles in human physiology and the pathophysiology of disease. Many successful drugs targeting this gene family have been discovered for diseases such as hypertension, epilepsy and neuropathic pain.

This symposium, the 6th in an ongoing series, will showcase the most recent advances to aid the design of new ion channel therapeutics and promote interaction between scientists with a shared interest in the field of ion channel drug discovery.

Who should attend

Scientists from industry and academia interested in the therapeutic potential of ion channels. The organising committee particularly welcomes attendance and participation of students working in the field of ion channel research.


• Medicinal chemistry case studies of ion channels as therapeutic targets
• Advances in structure determination techniques and successful structure determinations
of key ion channels
• Novel pharmacology and target validation
• Emerging technologies for targeting, assaying and modulating ion channel targets
• Plenary speakers, poster sessions, trade exhibition, on-site accommodation and dinner

Call for Papers
Abstracts are invited for both oral and poster presentation, and closing dates are 21st June and 31st December 2019 respectively. Posters will be displayed throughout the meeting, there will be optional flash oral presentations, and a dedicated poster session on Monday evening.


Please download an abstract template here.

Confirmed Speakers

Piezo1 modulation

David J Beech, University of Leeds, UK

Opening up new opportunities by combining high throughput electrophysiology with optical tools

Andrea Brüggemann, Nanion Technologies, Germany

Structural biology of ion channels

Liz Carpenter, Structural Genomics Consortium, University of Oxford, UK

Ion channel drug discovery - fading star or shining light?

Martin Gosling, Enterprise Therapeutics, UK

Discovery of small molecule scaffolds that improve stability and restore function to the F508del Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) anion channel
Phil Kym, AbbVie, USA

Please take off your coat: how naked ions ensure rapid and selective potassium channel permeation

Ulrich Zachariae, University of Dundee, UK

Registration Fees
Registration is not yet open.

Registration fees will include the conference dinner at the Wellcome Trust.

Up to 19th November
£... Member of the RSC or SCI
£... Non-member
£... Student* member of the RSC or SCI
£... Student* non-member

From 20th November to 22nd January
£... Member of the RSC or SCI
£... Non-member
£... Student* member of the RSC or SCI
£... Student* non-member

From 23rd January
£... Late booking fee (for payments received by the Secretariat after 22nd January)

* Student is an undergraduate or postgraduate, not post-doc

Discounted rates will be offered to RSC and SCI members, and some student bursaries will be available.   The closing date for applications has yet to be agreed.

There will be a relevant trade exhibition.  Stand space will measure 3 m wide x 2 m deep, and include a table, chair, electrical and wi-fi access.   Charges are yet to be published.


£... Exhibition stand (excluding attendee)
£... Trade stand staff

        (excludes technical programme attendance and conference dinner)
£... Trade stand staff

        (excludes technical programme attendance, includes conference dinner)

The option for delegate pack inserts will also be available.

The conference dinner will be held at the Wellcome Trust and will be included in the registration fee.

Venue and Travel
Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1RQ, UK.

By air: Stansted airport is 20 minutes’ drive, London City and Luton are 60 minutes, and Heathrow and Gatwick are 90 minutes.
  Additional travel information may be found here, and you may download a directional map here.


Accommodation will be available at the conference venue, and may be booked at the time of registration.


All accommodation will be in Mulberry Court, comprising three very individual wings incorporating the distinctive design work of Timorous Beasties (weblink).


The charge will be for bed and breakfast, double or twin room for single occupancy.  Bedrooms will be available on Sunday and Monday, 23rd and 24th February (limited availability).


As a conference delegate staying on Campus, you may even make use of their free bicycle hire initiative - follow this link.

Alternative hotel options in Cambridge and nearby may be found on the Hotel Info website here.

Organising Committee

Karl Collins



Brian Cox


University of Sussex

Ged Giblin Giblin Consultancy
Sarah Major Evotec (chair)

Nigel Swain



Jason Tierney


Top Tier Consultancy


Sponsors are encouraged to support this well-respected event.  We are most grateful to our sponsor below:

To register an interest, please email Maggi - maggi@maggichurchouseevents.co.uk

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