Success for the 2nd BSI Early Careers Inflammation and Immunology Symposium
Following the success of the 1st BSI Early Careers Inflammation and Immunology Symposium (June 2011), the British Society of Immunology (BSI) East Anglia Regional Group organised their 2nd symposium that took place at UEA last month.
The postgraduate representative for the BSI East Anglia Regional Group, Jenna Bradley, a 3rd Year PhD student from the School of Pharmacy organised the symposium to bring together young researchers from across the NRP working in inflammation and immunology. The symposium was on 26th March and showcased research from PhD Students and early career postdocs from across the NRP.
Early career researchers from across the NRP were invited to submit an abstract for selection for oral and poster presentations. PhD students and postdocs from the School of Pharmacy presented their research ranging from the effects of dietary compounds on inflammation to the regulation of TREM-2 by anti-inflammatory cytokines and the signalling pathways involved in CCL3 induced chemotaxis. There was also a range of research from The Institute of Food Research including intestinal barrier function, the effect of diet on immunosenescence and how immunology can affect the microbiota. Olivia Kober a 4th year PhD student from the IFR won 1st prize from her talk on the role of γδ T cells in intestinal mucus production and Emily Blakesley, a 2nd year PhD student at the IFR won best poster prize for her poster looking at how binding of T. gondii to occludin on the gut epithelium helps parasite invasion. The School of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Medicine also contributed to the research on the day presenting their work in macrophage invasion neuropathic pain, inflammation in osteoarthritis and fungal airway infection.
From left to right: Olivia Kober (best oral presentation), Professor Clare Lloyd and Emily Blakesley (best poster).