5th Molecular Pharmacology Meeting
5th Molecular Pharmacology Meeting

Scientific Committee
About the meeting
Who should attend?
Registration and accommodation
Exhibition and sponsorship
Other information
Information for delegates


We’re pleased to announce the dates for the next Oxford MolPharm Workshop.

For those who’ve attended before, you’ll know this means an exceptional meeting which combines cutting edge exciting science with a friendly and supportive atmosphere, and which encourages discussion and collaboration both in and out of the lecture theatre. Interaction between senior international scientists, clinicians and more junior researchers is particularly encouraged.

The next Workshop will take place on 28 June to 2 July 2014.

Some comments from previous attendees:

“A unique scientific conference in a unique setting.”
“The entire conference was superb.”
“I really learned a lot from the variety of talks and have to reconsider my work on the basis of some of the newer mechanisms presented.”
“It's an excellent meeting and a great opportunity for interaction with the top people in the field.”
“I think that the format and balance between academic, political and industrial topics was excellent. The diversity of research topics was also mind-expanding.”
“I consider it absolutely essential to continue this meeting series, which provides a unique forum for fertile communication in an otherwise disparate group of researchers working on an area of great significance for health.”

You can see more about the 2012 meeting here.

As in previous years the European Calcified Tissue Society will organise a PhD Training Course immediately prior to the Workshop and we hope to be able to offer a number of free registration packages to Young Investigators.

Scientific Committee

Graham Russell (Oxford and Sheffield, UK)

Cyrus Cooper (Oxford and Southampton, UK)
Richard Eastell (Sheffield, UK)
Hal Ebetino (Rochester, USA)
Jack Martin (Melbourne, Australia)
Udo Oppermann (Oxford, UK)
Stuart Ralston (Edinburgh, UK)
Peter Taylor (Oxford, UK)












Terpenoid Therapeutics Incorporated




About the meeting

This workshop is the sixth in a series that started in 2003. It is intended to provide a basis for understanding the molecular mechanisms of action of drugs known to act on the skeleton, and a rational basis for developing novel therapies in the future, based on some of the remarkable recent advances in the genetics and biology of bone and the musculoskeletal system.

The meeting is interactive and international, with speakers who are leaders of their fields in academia and industry. The workshop is held at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. This delightful campus setting creates excellent opportunities for productive interactions among all participants.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop should be of interest to all scientists involved in drug discovery and the pharmacology of bone and related tissues, as well as to clinical scientists involved in translating this new knowledge into clinical practice for the benefit of patients with bone and joint diseases, including osteoporosis, Paget’s disease, inflammation, arthritis and cancer as well as rarer forms of bone and other musculoskeletal diseases.

Attendees are expected to include:

  • Basic Scientists
  • Clinical Researchers
  • Industry Representatives

Disciplines represented are expected to include:

  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Haematology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Urology
  • Nephrology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Nursing and other Professions Allied to Medicine


Please click here to view the scientific programme.

Meet the speakers

Registration and accommodation

This is a residential conference and the meeting packages include bed and breakfast accommodation on campus and dinner on each night. St Catherine’s is a compact campus close to the city centre and all bedrooms are a few metres walk from the lecture theatres and dining hall.

Day delegate rates are available as an option for those who do not require accommodation.

Click here to view registration fees

Click here to register

Exhibition and sponsorship

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Janet Crompton for further information.


Oxford established itself as a centre of academic excellence in the thirteenth century, with the founding of its first three colleges and academic Halls. The University is the oldest in the UK, and forms the heart of a fascinating city. As well as a priceless heritage, modern Oxford offers a wide range of entertainments and shopping options, and within a short distance lie the Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon, home of William Shakespeare, and Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

All scientific sessions will be held at St Catherine’s College, Manor Road, Oxford, UK.

St Catherine’s College founded in 1962, is one of Oxford’s newer colleges. Designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, the College has a traditional layout in quadrangle style with gardens. Its situation and architecture make it a most successful conference venue.



By air
There are several major airports within 90 minutes of Oxford: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham and Luton. Regular coaches and trains connect the airports with the city.

If you have a choice, we would recommend that you fly to London Heathrow as this is the most convenient for Oxford.

Bus transfers

Please see The Oxford Bus Company: The Airline for further details. Pick up the bus at the Central Bus Station Bay 14A for terminals 1, 2 or 3, or Terminal 5 Bay 11.  From Terminal 4 you can either go to the Central Bus Station or to Terminal 5 Bay 11.
Take the bus to Gloucester Green Bus Station in Oxford and a taxi from there to St Catherine’s College. Alternatively, get off in High Street and St Catherine’s is a short walk (15 minutes maximum).
Fare - £23 one way, £29 return

Please see The Oxford Bus Company: The Airline for further details. Pick up the bus at the South Terminal Upper Forecourt or North Terminal Bay 4.
Take the bus to Gloucester Green Bus Station in Oxford and a taxi from there to St Catherine’s College. Alternatively, get off in High Street and St Catherine’s is a short walk (15 minutes maximum).
Fare - £28 one way, £37 return

Train transfer
(Heathrow Express) service from Heathrow to London Paddington station. Passengers will have to transfer to another train and buy separate tickets from London Paddington to Oxford. Taxis are available at Oxford railway station.
The rail and bus journeys between Heathrow and Oxford take around the same time (approximately 1 hour), but rail is more expensive.

By train
There are regular train services to Oxford from all parts of the country and from continental Europe via the EuroTunnel.

By road
Oxford lies at the centre of a network of major roads and motorways. The M40 gives access to the West and Wales. There are regular bus and coach links, including all-night coaches to and from London. Journey time approximately 1 hour from London and from Birmingham.

Getting to St Catherine's College

For other detailed information about how to get to St Catherine's College rail, coach, car, or on foot, and a map please visit the college website.

Car parking
Some parking is available in the College car park.

Disabled access

Disabled access is available. It would be helpful if you could let Janet Crompton know in advance if you may require any special assistance during your stay in Oxford.

Cancellation and insurance

In the event that the workshop is cancelled, or it if cannot take place for any reason outside the control of the organisers, the amount of the conference fee shall be refunded. The liability of the organisers will be limited to the refund and they will not be liable for any other losses incurred. In addition, the organisers shall not be held liable for any personal accidents, illness, losses or damage to private property of delegates registered for the conference. Delegates are therefore advised to take out their own comprehensive insurance.


The official language of the Workshop will be English.

Mailing list

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Contact details

Registration Enquiries
Elaine Orchard
Tel +44 (0)1453 546830

All other enquiries
Janet Crompton
Tel +44 (0)1453 549929
Fax +44 (0)1453 548919