Conway Review Lecture 1983

23/06/1983 in Queen

Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog: Substance P and the Charmed Pot of Neuropeptides

Dr. Petr Skrabanek, Mater Misericordiae Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital, Dublin.

Professor E.J. Conway (1894-1968) held the first Chair of Biochemistry and Pharmacology at University College Dublin from 1932, and in 1947 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. He was an outstanding scientist, who made lasting contributions to biophysics, biochemistry and physiology. It is a great honour for me to be allowed to pay homage to this great man by a review lecture given in his memory.

A subject as vast as neuropeptides forces the reviewer to select arbitrarily only a few areas of interest from a large number of topics equally interesting – if he does not wish to end up as the proverbial Buridan’s ass that could not decide which of the bundles of hay to eat first. About thirty neuropeptides are known at present and the list is continuously being added to.

Eye Of newt and toe of frog: Substance P and the charmed pot of neuropeptides