Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MaRS Discovery District: Nitric Oxide Symposium

Type A Events is proud to be part of the coordination team for the Nitric Oxide Symposium presented by MaRS Discovery District and NeurAxon taking place on May 27th and 28th, 2010.

Following the Nobel Prize awarded in 1998 for the discovery and function of Nitric Oxide (which up until then had been regarded as a noxious gas) an enormous amount of research has been undertaken to better understand the functions of this neurotransmitter in various physiological conditions as well as acute and chronic pathological conditions such as pain, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, stroke, inflammatory disease etc. Apart from Nitric Oxide, two other gaseous neurotransmitters, Hydrogen Sulfide and Carbon Monoxide, have become the focus of biologists and chemists alike to explore the significance of these neurotransmitters in inflammation and gastric mucosal protection.

The objective of this symposium is to increase awareness amongst the research community as to how basic science driven approaches can lead to the successful development of novel therapeutic agents.
The following aspects will be covered:
  • Biology: Discovery and function of gaseous neurotransmitters and mediators, including hydrogen sulfide and carbon monoxide
  • Pharmacology: Pain, inflammation, immunology, CNS, TBI
  • Structure: X-Ray structures on ligand bound enzymes
  • Chemistry: Donors and inhibitors - therapeutic implications
  • Clinical applications

For further information and registration please click here.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Conference Planning: Ontario Working Group for Early Psychosis Intervention

Congratulations to the Ontario Working Group for Early Intervention in Psychosis (OWGEPI) for another successful Conference. The OWGEPI is an organization made up of employees that work for Early Psychosis Intervention programs across Ontario.
Type A Events was once again honoured to be coordinating this educational and fundamental Conference. The work the OWGEPI does at this Conference has practical applications to those within the Mental Health field--from clients, to family members, to doctors and case managers.
This year's theme of Social Inclusion brought Social Inclusion in Mental Health expert Dr. David Morris from England as our keynote speaker.
The workshops, keynote, and plenary session were filled with interesting debate and lively conversation. What a special group of dedicated people.

This was my 5th year organizing this Conference, and I hope for 5, 10, 15 years more!
Thank you to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for the funding of this Conference.