The Journey from Genes to Disease – a symposium for postdocs by postdocs

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As postdocs we are under increasing pressure to succeed, and facing the challenge to move on to tenured employment can lead us down many diverse paths.

In order to have a competitive advantage we need to build networks with other researchers within and increasingly outwith our chosen field of research. The Journey from Genes to Disease is a free one day symposium, held in central Oxford and organised by the Postdoctoral Training Fellows at MRC Harwell Institute. The theme is the influence of genetics and genetic regulation in modelling human disease – from molecular through cellular to whole animal level and encompassing developmental, environmental and behavioural interactions. All invited speakers and talks chosen from abstracts will be by postdocs. Career discussion panel session with former postdocs from a variety of career paths. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. £150 Poster prize donated by Mammalian Genome. As part of this event, we aim to build a local network of postdoctoral researchers. Register Here to Attend for Free Registration closes on 17th April 2018 Call for abstracts Abstract submission now closed Programme Outline 8.30–9.00 Registration, tea and coffee, poster set-up 9.00–9.10 Welcome Address 9.10–10.40 Session 1: Manipulating genes and the consequences on phenotype Invited Talk: Dr Gabriele Lignani (University College London): Promoterapy – increasing promoter activity to treat genetic and acquired intractable epilepsies Short Oral Presentations 10.40–11.00 Tea and coffee 11.00–12.30 Session 2: Intrinsic and extrinsic regulation of gene expression Invited Talk: Dr Magdalena Koziol (Gurdon Institute, Cambridge): Identification and characterisation of a novel DNA modification in eukaryotes, methylated deoxyadenosine Short Oral Presentations 12.30–14.00 Lunch and Poster Session 14.00–15.30 Session 3: Upgrade your Arsenal! – Postdocs Pioneering New and Innovative Techniques Invited Talk: Dr Lewis Mackenzie (Durham University): Optical biosensing techniques: a journey from astronomy to biology Short Oral Presentations 15.30–15.50 Tea and Coffee 15.50–17.20 Session 4: Career Workshop. Interactive panel workshop with invited panel members from a variety of post-postdoc career paths. Panel Members, in addition to invited speakers: Dr Amy Warner (Cambridge University) Dr Matthew Gallon (D Young and Co Intellectual Property) 17.20-17.30 Prize-giving and closing comments 17.30 Onwards Pub Social – venue tbc The venue Medical Science Teaching CentreSouth Parks RdOxfordOX1 3PL Travel advice If arriving by car, parking is very limited so we advise to use one of the several park and ride facilities surrounding Oxford and the venue is a short walk from St Aldates or the High St: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/park-and-ride If you have any special access requirements please mention this in your registration form. If arriving by train, the venue is approximately a 20 minute walk from Oxford train station.

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