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Hui Deng wins ICRS Award at an international meeting in Poland

Hui Deng (MSc.), a PhD-student in the department of Molecular Physiology, has received an award for the best oral presentation during the 26th International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) conference with more than 300 participants in Bukovina, Poland. Hui Deng presented her work on “Rapid and profound rewiring of brain lipid signaling networks by acute diacylglycerol lipase inhibition”.

The research was performed in the Chemical Biology cluster of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Mario van der Stelt and involves a multidisciplinary collaboration with the group of Prof. dr. Ben Cravatt of The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California (USA). Hui Deng discovered a chemical probe to study and control the biosynthesis of endocannabinoids in the brain. Her work was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) in January 2016.

The International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS) is a professional society for scientific research in all fields of the cannabinoids. The ICRS was formally incorporated as a scientific research society in 1992. Prior to that various researchers in the field organized symposia since 1970. Membership in the Society has risen from 50 original members in its first year to over 500 members from all over the world. The society holds an annual meeting, which generally alternates between North America and Europe. It has been announced that the 28th ICRS conference will be held in Leiden in 2018.