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GPCR Colloquium

2020 GPCR Colloquium

Colloquium on G Protein-Coupled Receptors:
Evolving Insights from Pharmacology to Physiology

Friday, April 3 - Saturday, April 4, 2020
San Diego Convention Center


Tracy M. Handel – Univ. of California, San Diego
Paul Insel – Univ. of California, San Diego
Jennifer Pluznick - Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine

Tremendous scientific advancements in GPCR research have occurred in the last decade, particularly from discoveries related to GPCR structural biology and the influence it has had on molecular mechanisms of GPCR action and GPCR drug discovery.  We now know that GPCR physiology and pharmacology are much more complex and nuanced than originally thought, and it should be possible to take advantage of this complexity to understand GPCR activation and inhibition in the context of normal physiology and pathophysiology. The main objective of this Colloquium is to provide the multidisciplinary scientists who have a direct or indirect interest in GPCRs and attend the Experimental Biology Meeting with exposure to the numerous recent discoveries and approaches being used to study GPCRs.  In addition, we hope to provide opportunities for establishing collaborations that bridge these different disciplines. We hope to engage young scientists by exposing them to the exciting advances that have been made in understanding and manipulating GPCRs through diverse approaches ranging from molecular, to systems, to in vivo, as well as basic research to translational studies, and pharmacology to physiology.

Preliminary Schedule

Friday, April 3

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Symposium I: Systems Biology Approaches to GPCR Physiology and Pharmacology 

Mark Knepper – NHLBI
Nina Wettschureck – Max Plank
Kirill Martemyanov – The Scripps Research Institute
Sriram Kosuri - Univ. of California, Los Angeles

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Keynote: Brian Kobilka - Stanford University

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Poster Presentation and Reception

Saturday, April 4

8:00 am – 10:00 am

Symposium II: GPCR Structural Biology and Drug Discovery


Chris Tate – Cambridge Univ.
Bryan Roth – Univ. of North Carolina
Minghong Ma – Univ of Pennsylvania
Laura Wingler – Duke Univ.

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Refreshment Break

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Symposium III: GPCRs in Pathophysiology and Pathobiology


Jerold Chun - Sanford Burnham Prebys.
Kathleen Caron – Univ. of North Carolina
Willis (Rick) Sampson – St. Louis Univ.
Lora Heisler – Univ. of Aberdeen


Abstract submission deadline: November 14, 2019

Poster presenters for the colloquium will be selected from abstracts submitted by November 14 to EB 2020 specifically within the GPCR Colloquium topic category (#3016-ASPET).  Accepted posters will be presented at both the colloquium on Friday, April 3rd and scheduled to present during one the main EB poster sessions on Sunday-Tuesday.


This is a satellite meeting to EB 2020. The colloquium ticket fee will be in addition to your EB registration fees. To register, visit the Experimental Biology registration page and add a GPCR Colloquium ticket to your EB registration. Space is limited. Be sure to register in advance.

Registration Fees:

  • $200 ASPET and APS members
  • $100 ASPET and APS undergraduate and graduate student members
  • $400 Non-members
  • $125 Non-member undergraduate and graduate students

EB early registration discounts end February 5. Colloquium ticket sales end March 13 or when capacity is reached.

Contact with questions.


Gold Sponsor

Division for Molecular Pharmacology Badge

ASPET Division for Molecular Pharmacology

Silver Sponsor

American Physiological Society

American Physiological Society (APS)

Bronze Sponsor

Division for Neuropharmacology Badge

ASPET Division for Neuropharmacology

Learn how your organization can support the colloquium. Contact or (301) 634-7060.

Last Updated: October 10, 2019
Key Dates
November 14

Abstract submission deadline

November 14

ASPET Poster Award application deadline

November 18

ASPET Travel Award application deadline

November 25

ASPET Mentoring Network application deadline

February 5

Early registration discounts end

March 6

Housing discounts end

April 3-4

GPCR Colloquium (separate ticket required)

April 4

ASPET Business Meeting and Awards Presentation

April 4-7

ASPET Annual Meeting at EB 2020

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