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GPCR Practical course 2013

April 15-19th 2013
Oulu, Finland

A five-day practical course organized by Dr. Veli-Pekka Jaakola (Biocenter Oulu) and Dr. Henri Xhaard (University of Helsinki, Faculty of Pharmacy, Centre for Drug Research) including 8 hours of lectures and 16 h of practical sessions.
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) represent the largest family of receptors in the human genome, with more than 800 members. GPCRs are key drug targets, and recent estimates suggest that between 30-60% of the drugs currently on the market target members of the GPCR family either directly or indirectly. The last decade has seen several three-dimensional structures of GPCRs solved at atomic resolution, but also a better understanding into the complexity of their signaling pathways.
This course is intended for graduate students and academic/industry professionals interested in GPCRs. It aims to provide a thorough understanding of experimental and computational techniques used in GPCR research, reinforced through hands-on practical learning. In particular, the course covers  primary and secondary binding assays, biophysical characterization, and molecular modeling.


Registration is now closed


The course will take place in the city of Oulu, Finland (Linnanmaa Campus and Kontikangas Campus) from April 15th-19th 2013. Participation is limited to 20 students.

Deadline for registration was March 15th, 2013.
The course is now full.


Hotel Restaurant Lasaretti
Kasarmintie 13
FIN-90101 Oulu


Abstracts for posters should be sent by email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by April 1st 2013.


The course is worth 3 ECTS with a poster and laboratory course report. The report will have to be sent before May 10th, 2013.

COURSE FEES (excluding accommodation):

  • Graduate students members of ISB, GSPR, DDGS or BCO: free
Graduate students, others: 200€
Academics: 300€
Industry: 600€

The course fee covers 4 lunches, 6 coffee breaks, the course booklet and course material, about 8 hours of lectures, and 16 h of practical sessions.


  • BCO KIEPPI Laboratories
  • Biocenter Oulu, Department of Biochemistry
  • Lasaretti Hotel Restaurant


Line 7 from hotel to BCO Kieppi or Linnanmaa


  • Veli-Pekka Jaakola (University of Oulu)
  • Henri Xhaard (University of Helsinki/CDR)

Organizing Committee:

  • Pia Askonen

  • Anne Vainionpää

  • Henni Piirainen
Rahul Nanekar

  • Yashwanth Ashok

  • Shahid Rehan
Ulla Petäjä-Repo
Jarkko Lackman

  • Maiju Rinne

The course is sponsored by the following graduate school/doctoral programs:

  • Informational and Structural Biology (ISB)
  • FinPharma Doctoral Program Drug Discovery Section (FPDP-D)
    FinPharma Doctoral Program Pharmacy Section (FPDP-P)
Oulu Biocenter Doctoral Programme (BCO-DP)

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