Introduction

It is a great pleasure for the local organising committee to invite you to the 11th World Congress on Neurohypophysial Hormones (WCNH 2015) to be held at the Millennium Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand from 29 August to 1 September 2015. WCNH will be held at Queenstown Research Week, the largest gathering of biomedical and life scientists in New Zealand with over 1000 registrants through the week.

About the Congress

Together with the International Advisory Committee, we are putting together an exciting programme that will span all aspects of oxytocin and vasopressin research from behaviour to cellular physiology.

The most recent advances in the field will be presented by leading researchers. There will also be ample opportunity for new and emerging researchers to present their work as part of the oral presentation programme or at the poster session.

About Queenstown

New Zealand is an unforgettable mix of breath-taking, unspoilt landscapes and vibrant cosmopolitan centres, bursting with innovation and activity. There are some of the most diverse environments on earth, from beaches and rainforests to mountains, lakes, glaciers and even volcanoes. Many of these different natural features can be visited on the same day. New Zealand today is a fascinating blend of cultures, including the local Maori people, who mingle and thrive in a vibrant society.

Queenstown is a sophisticated resort town set in the magnificent landscapes of the Southern Alps. It is a region of exciting contrasts offering enormous scope for all ages all year round. Queenstown is the home of the bungy-jump but also caters for the more adventurous with:

  • Sailing
  • Hiking
  • Climbing
  • White Water Rafting
  • Fishing
  • Cycling
  • Paragliding
  • Off-roading
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Jet-boating
  • Horse Riding
  • Mountain Biking

This and more all within a 20 minute radius.

With several world-class golf courses, over 80 wineries, exciting food trails, awarding winning day spas, boutique shopping, a vibrant cafe and restaurant scene and a gold mining history, there really is something for everyone in Queenstown. You can download the Destination Queenstown promotional video here and find out more at the official Queenstown website here.

In winter, there are direct flights from Auckland, Christchurch, Sydney and Melbourne with direct connections to worldwide destinations. Flight times are approximately 24 h from Europe and 12 h from North and South America and Southeast Asia. While long-haul, the fleets of the major carriers that service New Zealand are of high quality, providing comfortable seating and in-seat entertainment systems in all classes… and we are sure that you will agree that the destination is certainly well-worth the effort!

Invitation

We look forward to welcoming you to the WCNH 2015 in Queenstown! We are sure that the meeting will be a fantastic opportunity for neurohypophysial hormone researchers from around the globe to come together to exchange ideas, create collaborations and strengthen our friendships against the spectacular backdrop of the Southern Alps.

Colin Brown

Chair, WCNH 2015 Local Organising Committee