University of Dundee

Special Symposium For Philip Cohen 24-26 June 2012

13 Jun 2012

Since Philip Cohen arrived in Dundee in 1971, as well as becoming one of the world’s mostly highly cited biochemists and a leader in his field, he has been a major driving force in putting Dundee on the map in scientific terms. Not only did he establish the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, the award-winning Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT) and the Scottish Institute for Cell Signalling (SCILLS) but he also played major roles in setting up the Wellcome Trust Biocentre and the Sir James Black Centre. 

In April 2012 Philip stood down as Director of the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit to concentrate full-time on his lab’s research. At this point it was 21 years since Philip became Director of the MRC-PPU and just over 40 years since he arrived in Dundee. We are planning a special Symposium to celebrate Philip’s extraordinary research achievements during this time. 

This event will take place from 24th to 26th June 2012 at the West Park Conference centre in Dundee. As well as the numerous talks by friends, colleagues and collaborators of Philip’s, the highlights of the meeting include Sunday night talks by Nobel Laureates Tim Hunt and Eddy Fischer. Full details of the meeting can be found at

As you will see we have organized the scientific sessions into the main themes of Philip's research interests over the years. In the final talk of the meeting Philip will reflect on the past 21 years and speak about his future research plans. We hope this will be a memorable event to reflect Philip’s extraordinary achievements.