Confirmed speakers

Keynote speaker:
Professor Sir Pete Downes

Keynote lecture:
Innovation-led biomedical teaching and research
Professor Sir Pete Downes is one of the world leading scientists in the field of biochemistry and is amongst the most cited scientists in all fields. Professor Downes has worked in the pharmaceutical industry before moving to the University of Dundee where he was the Head of the College of Life Sciences and co-founder of the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy together with Professor Sir Phillip Cohen.

Professor Pete Downes played a leading role in establishing the biological significance of the inositol glycerophospholipids and their metabolites. His research has provided new insights into the biochemical pathway that is the most common source of mutations leading to human cancers and to 
Professor Sir Pete Downes 
Principal of the University of Dundee
the discovery of new drugs with the potential to treat many forms of cancer and inflammatory disease. Among his other discoveries are the identification of the mechanism of action for the lithium, and the inositol depletion hypothesis of lithium action in manic depression.
Professor Sir Pete Downes has won many international prizes and honours including the Colworth Medal of the British Biochemical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Officer of the Order of the British Empire and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Downes was knighted in the Queen's 2015 Birthday Honours, "For services to Higher Education and Life Sciences."