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Faculty Research Conference 2014

The 2014 Faculty Research Conference took place on Thursday 19 June.

This one day Conference showcased the wide range of high quality research being undertaken within the Faculty of Medicine by postdoctoral staff, clinical academic trainees and postgraduate research students.  There were over one hundred and thirty presentations throughout the day, with nearly three hundred people in attendance. 

One of many highlights of the conference was a speech by Nobel Prize winner Pr. Francoise BARRE-SINOUSSI, who gave a talk on "Achievements & Challenges in HIV science", which you can view here.

Research Prizes for the best publications

There were three prizes for the best research publications. The winner of each prize gave a fifteen minute talk.  

Clinical Academic Trainee Research Paper Prize

Dr Hazel Everitt - Primary Care and Population Sciences

'Management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care: the results of an exploratory randomised controlled trial of mebeverine, methylcellulose, placebo and a self-management website'


Postdoctoral Research Prize

Dr Andy Van Hateren - Cancer Sciences

'A mechanistic basis for the co-evolution of chicken tapasin and major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) proteins'


Wessex Medical Research Prize for Postgraduate Research in Biomedical Sciences

Dr Elina Zotova- Clinical and Experimental Sciences 

'Inflammatory components in human Alzheimer’s disease and after active amyloid-β42 immunisation' 

Dr Zotova's presentation was kindly delivered by Dr Delphine Boche, as Dr Zotova was out of the country on the day of the conference.


Poster Presentation Prizes

The day included three seperate poster presentation sessions.  Prizes of £200 were awarded to the best poster in each session, with one poster in each session also being highly commended.  

Poster Presentation Winners

Gareth Ward - Clinical and Experimental Sciences

'Design of a synthetic biocompatible basement membrane for ocular applications'

Agnieszka Janeczek - Human Development and Health

'Skeletal stem cell-targeted Wnt delivery in liposome nanoparticles for bone regeneration'

Steven Frampton - Cancer Sciences

'Eps8 - a master regulator of myofibroblast transdifferentiation'


Poster Presentations - Highly Commended

Leo Westbury - Human Development and Health

'Self-reported walking speed: a useful marker of physical performance among community dwelling older people?'

Michael Olding - Clinical and Experimental Sciences

'Serum Lipids Modulate the Angiogenic Potential of Endothelial Cells In Vitro'

Jessica Donaldson - Clinical and Experimental Sciences

'Characterisation of the Thymic Stromal Lymphopoietin Response in Co-Cultures of Human Bronchial Fibroblasts and Epithelial Cells' 


Oral Presentation Prizes

During the conference a total of twenty seven oral presentations were given.  An award of £200 was given to the best presentation in each of the two lecture theatres used on the day, with an additional presentation being highly commended by the judges.

Oral Presentation Winners

Matthew Rose-Zerilli - Cancer Sciences

'Ultra-Deep Targeted DNA Sequencing identified low-level driver mutations in patients with aggressive leukaemia'

Silvia Lanati - Cancer Sciences

'Manipulation of Fc gamma receptors in macrophages to enhance anti-GD2 immunotherapy in neuroblastoma'


Oral Presentation - Highly Commended

Emma Lofthouse - Human Development and Health

'The effect of flow on placental amino acid transfer in the isolated perfused placenta'


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