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

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Novo Nordisk Fonden

Tuborg Havnevej 19

2900 Hellerup


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The Novo Nordisk Foundation offers funding for one-day symposia to be held at the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The objective is to provide leading as well as younger researchers with opportunities to present and discuss the newest research within their fields.

You can read more about Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia here


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.

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 Birmingham, UK

Scientific advisory board

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


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 September, 2019. In the subject field please write “NNF Symposium - Poster”. You will be notified via e-mail whether your poster has been accepted approximately one week before the symposium.

The poster should fit a poster board size A0 (841mm × 1189mm) – portrait orientation.

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 9 September, 2019. In the subject field please write “Symposium – Application for travel grant”.

Grantees will be notified by 23 September, 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 24 October, 2019. At the workshop you will get the opportunity to discuss the conference topics with fellow young scientists and interact with the selected speakers.The workshop will take place at the conference facilities of the Mærsk Tower – University of Copenhagen.

When signing up to the conference, please select the registration type 'Symposium and Workshop' or 'Symposium with poster and Workshop'. These options will sign you up for both events.

More information about the workshop:


The final program will be sent to all participants before the symposium, and will also be available at the venue.


Karen L.Martinez, Associate Professor, Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen

Thor Christian Møller, Assistant Professor, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen

Eugenia Krasnopjorova, Administrator, Novo Nordisk Foundation


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions regarding the symposium or the registration process, please contact Eugenia Krasnopjorova (

Who can attend the symposium?

The symposium is open to participants of all career levels from student to professor.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, just log in to Eventbrite. Please use this option also in the unlikely event that you need to cancel your registration.

How do I cancel my participation?

Please help us respecting our speakers and other participants, as well keeping track of the numbers and optimize lecture and catering to the audience by cancelling as soon as you know that you exceptionally will not be able to make it. You can either cancel through Eventbrite or via email.

Is it ok if the name on my registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No, since there will be name tags at the symposium, we ask that you do not give your spot to someone else without updating the registration information or letting us know via email.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

If you arrive by car, it is possible to park in front of the main entrance, or along the side of the building.

Alternatively, it is possible to park in the parking garage at Waterfront Shopping Center, which is a five minute walk away from the Foundation. The parking garage offers three hours of free parking, and each additional hour costs DKK 20.

Public transport by train to Hellerup station, and/or bus (1A, 21, 166). The nearest by bus stop is Tuborg Boulevard.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not have to bring a ticket, but registration is mandatory for participation.

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