Thirty one students, postdoctoral researchers, Principal Investigators (PIs) and Professors presented their cutting edge research in the life sciences yesterday at the first Research Symposium at Hughes Hall.
Opening the evening, President Dr Anthony Freeling said ‘Life sciences is one of our largest focus areas at Hughes Hall. This evening will showcase the cross disciplinary research our students and post docs are undertaking and how their work can contribute towards bridging the academic and external worlds, a core mission of the College.’
Some presentation topics included ‘Brain Structure and function in adolescent depression’, ‘Of mice and children: Developing avatars of childhood lymphoma’, ‘Flesh of our flesh and blood of our blood: the amphioxus and the origins of the chordate body plan’, ‘Cancer risk research: South Africa to Cambridge’ and ‘Hearing life and seeing sound’, plus much more.
Students were also given the opportunity to present their research posters to other students and senior members, which allowed further sharing and questions.
Keeping with the ‘translating your research’ theme, we also heard from Dr Hilary Burton, Vice President at Hughes Hall and founding member of the PHG Foundation on ‘Public health, genomics and health policy at the PHG Foundation’ and Dr Ruth March, Senior Vice-President of Precision Medicine and Genomics IMED Biotech Unit at AstraZeneca on ‘Innovation in Precision Medicine and Genomics’.
The event, which was kindly sponsored by the PHG Foundation, Hughes Hall and Fidija Plastic Surgery Clinic, was followed by a formal dinner for the participants where the prizes were awarded to Andrea Di Antonio (the best presentation) and Fiona Fitzpatrick (the best poster).
The event co-organisers, Stasa Stankovic, Sheen Gurrib and Yu Ri Im commented: ‘Our motivation to organise this symposium was to highlight and showcase the academic excellence at Hughes Hall. We also wanted to provide an opportunity for like-minded students and seniors to meet. It was great to see the breadth of the research showcased and it was even greater to see that we had an equal gender balance among the participants. This is evidence of Hughes Hall’s focus on diversity in all aspects of College life.’