SHANGHAI, CHINA –The iHuman Institute of ShanghaiTech University held its 4th Annual iHuman Forum on November 5th. More than 330 representatives from leading academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies gathered at the two day event to present and discuss cutting-edge progress in the field of human cell signaling and imaging across the scales.
In the opening ceremony, Vice President and Provost of ShanghaiTech University Professor Yin Jie delivered the opening address. He appreciated the fast development of the area in both scientific research and collaborative models, and reviewed the tremendous progress achieved in GPCR research in 2016, especially the new finding published in the journal Cell of the high-resolution atomic structure of human cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1), also known as the “marijuana receptor.” Professor Yin emphasized the importance of collaborative innovation, and spoke about ShanghaiTech’s commitment to pursue more fruitful partnerships in this dynamic field.
In addition to academic representatives, several scientists from GPCR Consortium industry members Amgen, Sanofi, Ono, Novo Nordisk, MSD, Pfizer, Lundbeck, Boehringer-Ingelheim, and Taisho attended and spoke at the Forum. Their active attendance and participation reflected the nature of the iHuman Forum, an open source public-private partnership in global GPCR research.
iHuman Institute Deputy Director Professor Liu Zhi-Jie said, “This was the most exciting and incredible Forum we have had yet and Shanghai continues to grow into a real center of excellence for human cell signaling research and drug discovery.”
On the second day of the forum, the iHuman Institute teamed up with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFSAR) to host a full day of outstanding speakers from Canada, Germany, and the United States, focused on GPCR signaling, computational modeling, the revolution in electron microscopy, and the future of structural biology.
The Forum was sponsored by ShanghaiTech University and local industrial partners and vendors. The industry-academia GPCR Consortium sponsored the student awards for best posters and talks.