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A celebration of the scientific career of Prof Gareth Leng

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Gareth retired in 2021 after 46 years in science, with 27 of those spent at the University of Edinburgh. Drinking, eating, love, sex – Gareth has unwoven the rainbow around all these targets of human (and other animal’s) attention, but always in a collaborative, insightful and scholarly way. This celebratory Festschrift will mark his long and fruitful career as an academic and researcher in neuroendocrinology – but not by means of a hagiographic meander, studded with ‘in-jokes’, through his scientific and (anti-)social exploits. On the contrary, this event is forward-looking; highlighting new developments, unsolved puzzles, oddities and controversies in this broad field of research. Join us at this event for another (we daren’t say final) opportunity to experience how Gareth, and the people he has worked with, has had an impact on our understanding of the unconscious neuronal and hormonal influences on the behaviours that help make us human.

This Festschrift will take place on 11-12th August 2022 at the historic St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh.

Attendance at the event is free but to get an idea of numbers please can you register on our Eventbrite page:  


The event will end with a celebratory dinner at Vittoria on the Bridge on Friday 12th.  

Festschrift Symposium in Honour of Professor Gareth Leng, August 11th-12th, 2022

St Cecilia’s Hall, Edinburgh


August 11th, 2022:

13:00-13:30 Welcome M Ludwig

13:30-14:00 Anne Duittoz (France) - GnRH and Kisspeptin, it takes two for tango

14:00-14:30 Allan Herbison (UK) - Who needs the GnRH neuron cell body?

14:30-15:00 Susan Wray (USA) - Bat, dolphin, mice and man – mother nature does it again

15:00-15:30 Tea & Coffee

15:30-16:00 Quentin Pittman (Canada) - Hot baby: How neonatal inflammation programs the brain

16:00-16:30 Valery Grinevich (Germany) - A master cell in the oxytocin system: What we know about parvocellular neuron

16:30-17:00 Patrice Mollard (France) - The hidden face of the pituitary gland

17:00-19:00 Reception (wine and nibbles)


August 12th, 2022:

09:30-10:00 Tom Cunningham (USA)

10:00-10:30 TBA

10:30-11:00 TBA

11:00-11:30 Tea & Coffee

11:30-12:00 Suzanne Dickson (Sweden) - Ghrelin – what was the Fos all about?

12:00-12:30 Simon Luckman (UK) - Do oxytocin neurones affect feeding?

12:30-13:00 Dave Grattan (NEW Zealand) - Prolactin, the maternal brain, and other stories

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:30 Duncan MacGregor (UK) – Phasic firing - how and why?

14:30-15:00 Charles Bourque (Canada) - From magic to molecules: unboxing osmodetection

15:00-15:30 Tea & Coffee

15:30-16:00 TBA

16:00-16:30 TBA

16:30-17:00           Closing remarks Gareth Leng

20:00-         Dinner at Vittoria’s


Contacts: Mike Ludwig (mike.ludwig@ed.ac.uk) or John Menzies (john.menzies@ed.ac.uk)

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The British Society for Neuroendocrinology and the University of Edinburgh’s Deanery of Biomedical Sciences have generously sponsored this event.




A celebration of the scientific career of Prof Gareth Leng

This Festschrift will take now take place on 11-12th August 2022 at the historic St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh.

St Cecilia Hall, 50 Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG