Welcome to the UCL Science Society

The UCL Science Society is a social dining club for members of UCL with a general interest in Science. We meet five times per year to enjoy a talk on a scientific topic of general interest and have dinner together. If you would like to join the society, please write to the secretary. Membership of the society costs £10/year and is open to all current and past UCL employees. Non members are welcome to join us for the talk only, but need to book in advance using the form below. Read more about the society.

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Next Science Society Meeting

Time & Date18:00 Tuesday 10/7/2018
LocationHaldane Room, followed by Dinner for members and their guests in the same location.
TitleUCL Science Society Summer meeting: Phosphoinositides: Tiny lipids with Giant impact on Cell Regulation
Speaker Prof Shamshad Cockcroft. Professor of Cell Physiology. Lipids and Signalling (UCL. )
AbstractPhosphoinositides (PPIs) make up only a fraction of cellular lipids, yet they control almost all aspects of a cell’s life. These lipids gained tremendous research interest as sources of plasma membrane signalling molecules in the 1980’s. More recently, a wide range of biological processes, regulated by phosphoinositides, have been identified, turning these lipids into one of the universal signalling entities in eukaryotic cells. Phosphoinositides regulate organelle biology, ion channels, cell movement, autophagy, endocytosis, phagocytosis, exocytosis and much more. As expected for such pleiotropic regulators, derangements of phosphoinositide metabolism is responsible for a number of diseases ranging from rare genetic disorders to the most common ones such as cancer and diabetes. One of the ubiquitous signalling pathways is the activation of the enzyme, phospholipase C that breaks down the lipid at the plasma membrane. To replace the lipid, its synthesis takes place at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), an intracellular compartment. How the water-hating lipid is moved from the ER to the plasma membrane has been an enigma. One of the key advances in the last five years is the identification of special class of proteins, the lipid transporters, which facilitate this process. Current ideas suggest that the ER and the plasma membrane come into close contact to allow rapid lipid exchange.
NotesLecture is free and open to all; dinner open to members and their guests. £25 per head including wine.

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Membership of the Science Society is £10/year payable in May. If you are already a member and wish to pay your membership fee only: Pay membership fee now.

Officers of the Society

Dr. Stephen Morris Dr. Margaret Mayston Prof. Mark Huckvale


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