Novo Nordisk Foundation symposium

G Protein-Coupled Receptors: New Techniques, Tools and Concepts

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are a family of approximately 800 membrane proteins, making them the largest family of membrane proteins in humans. They are involved in most physiological processes, from the basic senses such as vision, smell and taste over hormonal control of development and metabolism to nerve cell communication in the brain.

Given their abundance and critical physiological role, it is not surprising that GPCRs are involved in numerous pathologies as well. Accordingly, they are the target of approximately 30% of all marketed drugs generating aggregated sales of nearly US$183 billion per year in recent years, most of any drug target. In addition to the large impact GPCR research has on healthcare and economy, the investigation of their complex cellular signaling pathways is a major driver in the development of innovative tools, techniques and concepts with applications that often extend far beyond the GPCR community.

The aim of this symposium is to bring together some of the most outstanding academic and industrial researchers to allow the exchange of knowledge, establishment of collaborations and education of young and experienced researchers about the state-of-the-art of the field with particular focus on novel techniques and concepts.

A number of travel grants will be awarded to young researchers based on the submitted abstract. Read more about the travel grants below.

Click here to see the program for the symposium.

List of speakers

  1. Brian K. Kobilka, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA
  2. Thue W. Schwartz, NNF Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  3. Jean-Philippe Pin, Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle, CNRS, INSERM and Université de Montpellier, Montpellier France
  4. Amadeu Llebaria, Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia (IQAC) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain
  5. Mark von Zastrow, Department of Psychiatry and Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), CA, USA
  6. Patrick Sexton, The Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), Monash University, Parkville, Australia
  7. Evi Kostenis, Institute for Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Bonn, Germany
  8. Davide Calebiro, Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Nottingham, UK


Registration to the Symposium:

Posters will be exhibited during the symposium and discussed during a poster session.

A number of posters will be selected for 2 min flash presentations and a prize will be given for the best poster presentation. To be considered for a flash presentation and the poster prizes, please submit a poster abstract of max. 1500 characters to no later than 23/09/2019.

Scientific advisory board consisting of:
Prof. Hans Bräuner-Osborne and Prof. Mette Rosenkilde from University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and Dr. Jakob Lerche Hansen (Novo Nordisk A/S).

Associate Pr. Karen L Martinez, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen.
Assistant Pr. Thor C. Møller, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen.

Travel grants
Travel grants of 200 € are available for young scientists presenting a poster at the symposium and attending the workshop the following day (see below). Preference will be given to PhD students and early stage postdocs. Applications for travel grants should contain: a brief letter of motivation (max. 900 characters) and a poster abstract (see guidelines under Posters). Please submit both to no later than 09/09/2019. Grantees will be notified by 23/09/2019.

Workshop linked to the NNF symposium 
As early career researchers, you are invited to participate in the symposium as well as in the follow-up workshop organized on October 24th. At the workshop you will get the opportunity to discuss the conference topics with fellow young scientists and interact with the selected speakers.

When signing up to the conference, please select the registration type 'symposium and workshop'. This option will sign you up for both events.

More information about the workshop: