Ian's April blog

Posted by egg3 at Apr 15, 2014 11:36 AM |

Breaking news:

The EPSRC Council has announced the ten RISE Leaders for 2014: and congratulations to Rodrigo Quian Quiroga in being recognised as one of the UK's top ten most inspirational scientists and engineers by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Fantastic news Rodrigo!

We all had an exciting Theme Symposium last week – ‘Neurogenetics in Health & Disease’. Many thanks to Flav Giorgini and the committee members (Will Norton, Kevin Paterson, Tim Pearce and Ezio Rosato) for organising it! As always Emma Gisborn did a stellar job in managing everything beforehand, and on the day dealing with the emergencies and making everything run smoothly.

Thanks also to all the speakers and poster presenters; we all learned so much. Our external speakers Leon Lagnardo (Sussex) and Gillian Bates (UCL) gave inspirational talks. I think Eammon Mallon had the toughest slot - last thing in the afternoon; but no one was allowed to snooze, as he kept us interested and amused, with his latest work on ‘Epigenetic control of behaviour in insects’.

The voting for best poster was lively, with the Popular Vote going to Sara Aldossary for her poster entitled: ‘The role of inflammatory mediators in the sensitisation of TRPV1’. The committee were impressed by the talk and the enthusiasm of Lauren Jones in presenting her work on the subject of ‘Electrochemical detection of monoamines in zebrafish: investigating the neurochemical basis of the parade mutant’. And lastly I have the honour of awarding one open Prize, which went to Rodrigo Bammann for all his efforts in developing, hosting and coping with the problems of running public outreach. In recognising Rodrigo, both he and I are keen to acknowledge all the help he received from Emma Gisborn and from the postgraduate scholar committee members and all the volunteers, demonstrators and speakers on the day – well done everyone – Thank you!

That’s it for another year – we are planning a short afternoon meeting in early December to explore what journal editors want from their authors…. We're also thinking about having a postgrad movie competition as to who can best represent their project (in less than 5 minutes). We’ll keep you posted, but I'm keen to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in helping set up these events.

Have a good Easter break. Ian.

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