Scottish Biomedical Postdoctoral Researcher Conference

Friday 14th June 2019 – Sir Charles Wilson Building at the University Of Glasgow


The Postdoctoral Societies of the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and the University of Edinburgh kindly invite you to the 5th Scottish Biomedical Postdoctoral Researcher Conference (SBPRC) on Friday 14th June 2019.

SBPRC is an initiative of post-doctoral societies at both the Beatson Institute (Glasgow) and the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (Edinburgh). This one-day event aims to provide focused presentations to meet the needs of postdoctoral researchers, and to promote new collaborations between research groups throughout Scotland. We encourage researchers to submit abstracts, which will be selected for short talks. Topics include, but are not limited to:

• Cancer, Genetic and Metabolic Disorders
• Neurobiology and Neurological Disorders
• Stem cells, Development and Regenerative Medicine
• Immunity, Infection and Inflammation
• Chromatin, Gene expression and Genetics
• Cell Signalling and Signal Transduction
• Genomics, Proteomics, Metabolomics and Systems Biology
• Translational Biology, Drug Discovery and Clinical Studies
• Novel Techniques and In-vivo Imaging
• Bioengineering and Mathematical Modelling

There will be poster presentations to stimulate discussion and networking events throughout the day. This event and future symposia are envisaged as a unique networking platform for postdocs belonging to diverse areas of biomedical sciences from institutions across Scotland.

The SBPRC is a peer led joint venture to promote the excellent biomedical research undertaken by postdoctoral scientists across Scotland. This is a free one day event aimed at providing focused presentations to meet the needs of postdoctoral researchers and awareness of the scope of research taking place to promote new collaborations. Last year saw over 120 postdoctoral attendees from the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee. This year's event is also open to all Universities/Institutes and PhD students; we encourage final year PhD students to submit abstracts.

The conference will be held at the Sir Charles Wilson building at the University of Glasgow, and will include presentations from PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, scientific and career keynote lectures, speakers from alternative careers in science, as well as an afternoon and evening networking event.

Abstract deadline: ABSTRACT DEADLINE CLOSED. Successful delegates will be informed by email no later than 31st May 2019.

Registration deadline: Friday 31st May - Click here to register

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact us by email at


From 9am                       Registration
9:30am Introduction + Housekeeping
9:35am-10:15am Keynote Lecture by Professor Tim Aitman, MRC IGMM, University of Edinburgh - The Roadmap to a National Programme in Genomic Medicine
10:15am-10:30am Zuzana Brabcova - Identification of Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Leukaemic Stem Cells using Integrative Omic Approach
10:30am-10:45am Ralitsa Madsen - Oncogenic PIK3CA promotes cellular stemness in an allele dose-dependent manner
10:45am-11:15am Break / Visit Sponsors
Poster Session 1 (Even numbers) + Visit Sponsors
12:00pm-12:15pm Joseph Waldron - Global mRNA Structure-Seq yields insights into the helicase activity of eIF4A during translation initiation
12:15pm-12:30pm Madeleine White - Parasite cytokines: a structurally novel mimic of TGFb which potently induces regulatory T cells
12:30pm-12:45pm Emma Hurst - The VitDAL journey: from one armadillo to hundreds of cows and (almost) everything in between
12:45pm-1:00pm   Intisar Albandar - Development of Novel Fluorescence Nanoprobes for Early Cancer Diagnosis 
1:00pm-2:00pm Lunch (+ Visit Sponsors)
2:00pm-2:15pm Vassilis Papalazarou - The creatine phosphagen system is mechanoresponsive in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cells and fuels invasive behaviour
2:15pm-2:30pm Noha-Ehssan Mohamed - Investigating myeloid dependency in intestinal tumourigenesis 
2:30pm-2:45pm Joanne Simpson - Identifying glioblastoma molecular subtypes that require autophagy for oncogenic growth
2:45pm-3:00pm Florian Bock - Paracrine resistance to chemotherapy
Break/Poster Session 2 (Odd numbers) + Visit Sponsors
  Career Session
4:00pm-4:25pm Belinda Smith, Science journalist and broadcaster - Science journalism: how to swap research for reporting
4:25pm-4:50pm   Dr Edward Roberts, Group Leader, CRUK Beatson Institute - Things I wish I had known sooner
4:50pm-5:15pm Dr David Vincent - Medical Science Liaison - Oncology  AstraZeneca - Using your Researcher skills in Pharma: the Medical Science Liaison role
5:15pm-5:30pm  Prizes (sponsored by Transnetyx) and Acknowledgements
Networking and Wine reception




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