Researchers from across the UK will come to London for the inaugural Frontiers in Smooth Muscle Meeting to discuss the latest developments in the field.

The symposium will be hosted by St George’s, University of London on 6 June, and will bring together experts in different areas of smooth muscle research.

The St George’s smooth muscle research team aims to turn the meeting into an annual event, increasing interaction between researchers to exchange ideas and develop collaborations.

Smooth muscle is found throughout the body in hollow organs such as blood vessels, as well as intestines, bladder and uterus, and is crucial for a number of physiological functions. Poor control of smooth muscle function underlies many disorders including heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, irritable bowel, incontinence, asthma and pre-term labour.

Meeting organiser Dr Iain Greenwood, a reader in pharmacology at St George’s, said: “The aim of this venture is to create an annual gathering of researchers who work on smooth muscle in its various forms, irrespective of the type of smooth muscle or the techniques employed. This will allow researchers from different yet related fields to interact, share developments and maybe create new collaborations.”

Co-organiser Dr James Moffatt, a senior lecturer in physiology, added: “St George’s has a long history of pioneering research into smooth muscle and it seems apt to have an annual gathering of smooth muscle researchers on this site”.

In addition to the one-day symposium, St George’s staff will run a two-day training workshop in association with biotechnology firm Danish Myo Technology on the type of functional experiments that are central to smooth muscle research. This workshop – on 6-8 June – will be suitable for researchers at all levels, from undergraduates with no experience to senior investigators wanting to brush up their skills or learn new ones.

The event is being supported by the British Pharmacological Society and The Physiological Society.

Attendance fees are £50 (£35 for members of the two supporting societies) for the symposium only, and £250 (£225 for society members) for the symposium and workshops.

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