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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Palace Summit Targets Deadly Diseases

Around 75 medical experts from throughout Europe are to gather at Atholl Palace Hotel as part of the continuing battle against potentially fatal diseases.


Part-funded by theVisitScotland Conference Bid Fund and Perth & Kinross Council, the European NF-kB Subunit Workshop takes place at the Pitlochry venue on 6-8 October.


Nuclear Factor kappa B (NF-kB) is a family of molecules in the cell that are critical for the body to respond to bacterial and viral infection.


It is the second staging of the conference, which was last year held at Castle Rauischholzhausen, Germany.


Workshops will be interspersed with speeches by a number of distinguished experts in the field, including Professor Tom Gilmore from Boston University. 


Perth and Kinross Provost Liz Grant will give an opening address to delegates and, outwith the workshops, speeches and discussions, there will be networking opportunities for those in attendance, with a ceilidh also on the programme.


VisitScotland estimates that the conference will provide a boost of around £61,000 for the local economy.


Kerry Watson of VisitScotland’s Business Tourism team said: “The VisitScotland Conference Bid Fund has supported association conferences of all sizes throughout the country. We are delighted to support the NF-kB conference at Atholl Palace and I am sure the delegates will enjoy a productive event in a spectacular environment.”


The conference at Atholl Palace Hotel is a collaboration between the universities of Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle.


Dr Lesley Stark of the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, University of Edinburgh, is one of the organisers of the conference.


She said: “We are extremely grateful to VisitScotland and our other sponsors for their support. By bringing scientists together from all over Europe, this conference will allow faster progress towards our goal of combating diseases associated with NF-kB.”


Provost Liz Grant said: “It is a pleasure to be asked to open such a prestigious conference and welcome delegates from across the globe to Perth and Kinross. I hope that the hosting of this very worthy event in Highland Perthshire will help lead in some small way to advances in the successful treatment of potentially fatal diseases.”

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