March 2009 Newsletter:

BSN Annual Meeting, 2009

We would like to invite you to Edinburgh for the Annual meeting of the BSN where an exciting programme of science is on offer for all Neuroendocrinologists this year. Edinburgh is a vibrant venue for the meeting, the city providing a backdrop of strong historic beauty and Scottish culture coupled with a vast array of excellent restaurants and bars. AND June is the perfect time of year to sample these delights!

Edinburgh University is world renowned for Endocrinology, Neuroscience and indeed Neuroendocrinology. The diversity of the Neuroendocrine research carried out within the University is reflected in the number of research groupings being represented on the local organising committee, who have put together a stimulating programme.

The meeting will consist of 3 symposia (Obesity and metabolism, Reproduction and Stress and Cellular Endocrinology) and 3 prestigious medal lectures: Mortyn Jones Memorial lecture (Dave Grattan), BSN Annual Lecture (Julian Davis) and Michael Harbuz Lecture. The symposia will consist of a mix of invited speakers as well as speakers selected from submitted abstracts. We hope to encourage junior Neuroendocrinologists in particular to attend this meeting and present their work.

The scientific programme will be punctuated by ample opportunity for informal discussions and fun. The Welcome Reception on the Sunday evening and the Conference dinner are 2 unmissable organised events but also take in the atmosphere of the local area at your leisure.

As an added bonus, all BSN members are invited to stay on an extra day to attend the Festscrift in honour of Prof John Russell. For the programme and confirmation of attendance, please contact Mike Ludwig ( mike.ludwig@ed.ac.uk ) directly.

We look forward to seeing you all in Edinburgh and encourage you to register and book accommodation early to take advantage of generous rates. Online registration, abstract submission and accommodation will start on 1st March to 29th April at http://www.bsn2009.org.uk

Alison Douglas and Megan Holmes, on behalf of the local organising committee