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Professor Antony Galione
Professor Antony Galione

Internal News - 21 November 2006

Pfizer lecture – secrets of the golden egg

This year’s Pfizer pharmacology lecture will be delivered by Professor Antony Galione, Head of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford.

His research has pioneered the concept that the novel agents, known as cyclic Adenosine Diphosphate -Ribose (cADPR) and Nicotinic Acid Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate (NAADP), are key regulators of intracellular calcium signalling in mammalian cells.

This work has led to the identification of new biochemical pathways controlling the calcium signals that regulate processes as diverse as fertilisation, secretion, contractility (the intrinsic ability of a cardiac muscle fibre to contract at a given fibre length) and neuronal excitability (the ability of neurons to be stimulated to 'fire').

In 2001, Professor Galione was awarded the Novartis Prize of the British Pharmacological Society for his scientific contributions to pharmacology.

Previous Pfizer lecturers have included Professor Rod Flower FRS, a past head of pharmacology at the University of Bath, and Professor Frances Ashcroft FRS

The Pfizer lecture in Pharmacology is delivered alongside the award of a prize to the final year MPharmacology student judged to have given the best oral presentation on the third year spent on placement in the pharmaceutical industry.

The lecture is open to all and will take place on Thursday 23 November, 3.15pm-4pm in lecture theatre 3WN 2.1.