Cambridge Ion Channel Forum

Wednesday 8th May 2024

Registrations are now closed

The Discovery Centre (DISC)

AstraZeneca | Cambridge

An opportunity to hear a diverse range of drug discovery case studies and exchange ideas with other ion channel enthusiasts.

Metrion Biosciences and AstraZeneca are delighted to be cohosting the 2024 Cambridge Ion Channel Forum at The Discovery Centre, AstraZeneca Biomedical Campus, on Wednesday 8th May 2024.

At the Forum you have will the opportunity to enjoy a series of presentations from esteemed ion channel scientists, promote your research during the dedicated poster session and network with other ion channel enthusiasts.

Order of the day

Posters to be displayed
Arrival and networking lunch with poster session
Welcome and Introduction
Aneesh Karatt Vellatt CSO Maxion Therapeutics
Targeting ion channels with antibodies and antibody fusion molecules
Trevor Wilkinson, PhD Director, Biologics AstraZeneca
Modulating ion channel function with biologics – opportunities and challenges
Miss Cathryn Smith, PhD student, Oxford University
Approaches to functional modulation of K2P K+ channels by nanobodies
14.45 – 15:30
Coffee break and poster session
Yichen Qiu, PhD Research fellow, Lignani Lab, Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, University College London
On-demand Kv1.1 gene therapy for brain circuit disorders
Steve Trim, CSO, Venomtech
Ligands with bite! A potted history of how toxins became vital to ion channel research.
Zeki Ilkan, PhD Scientist, Metrion Biosciences
A Fluorescence-based drug repurposing screen of the potassium channel, KV3.1 with V434L mutation
Close of meeting and poster prizes awarded
17:10 – 18:30
Drinks reception and pizza

The conference will provide an engaging and stimulating mix of presentations and networking opportunities.

Travel and Parking
The event will take place at: The Discovery Centre, AstraZeneca, 1 Francis Crick Avenue, Cambridge CB2 0AA.

Unfortunately, on-site delegate parking is not available. There will be a coach from Granta Park to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus departing at 11am, allowing plenty of time to travel to the event. 

If you would like to reserve a seat, please indicate this on your registration form.

Delegates can also take the train to Cambridge Train Station and take a taxi from the taxi rank directly outside the main exit from the station. The journey should take around 10 minutes. If there are no taxis available, please contact Panther Cabs on: 01223 715 715.

There is also a regular bus service from Cambridge Train Station. For more information about local buses please visit: Bus Timetables Journey Planner

Finally a Park and Ride service is available to the Addenbrookes Campus from both Babraham Road Park and Ride and also from Trumpington Park and Ride.
Dietary requirements
Please could delegates email Sophie with any specific dietary requirements or intolerances by Wednesday 10th April.
All delegates wishing to display a poster at the meeting should submit their abstract to Sophie Rose by Wednesday 24th April. Poster presenters will then receive a number and the poster can be displayed on the relevant board on the day.

Please arrive at 11.45am to display your poster so that they are on view for the networking lunch break. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the day.
Contact information
Please direct any questions to Sophie Rose.

If there are any concerns on the day please call: 07741 591 568.

About the CICF

The Cambridge lon Channel Forum was created by Eddy Stevens and Clare Jones in 2011 as a joint initiative between Pfizer Neusentis and Medimmune. The concept was to create an environment for academic and industry scientists working within the ion channel field in the Cambridge area to share data and ideas. The basis of the meeting was ensure all presentations and discussions were based around scientific data with little focus on commercial aspects. We look forward to welcoming you to our 2024 event.
Cambridge Ion Channel Forum
Wednesday 8th May 2024

The Discovery Centre (DISC)
AstraZeneca Cambridge
Biomedical Campus
1 Francis Crick Ave

Phone: 020 3749 5000
For further information on the event and speakers please contact:

Sophie Rose
Metrion Biosciences
Email: Sophie Rose
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