Host: Institute of Cancer Sciences and Institute of Inflammation and Repair
12.30-2pm (lunch 12.30-1.00pm; presentations 1.00-2.00pm)
Michael Smith Lecture Theatre (lunch in lounge area)
Senior speaker: Professor Catharine West, Institute of Cancer Sciences: "Shades of gray and the genetic determinants of radiation toxicity"
Professor Catharine West is Professor of Radiation Biology at the Institute of Cancer Sciences. With a PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research and postdoctoral work at the University of Rochester in upstate New York, she has 30 years of experience in Oncology. Her work focuses on measuring biology in cancer patients with a particularly interest in translational research linked to trials involving radiotherapy. The main focus of her group is the development of biomarkers of hypoxia and radiosensitivity for the future individualisation of cancer treatment. She has over 300 publications, has been a member of a number of UK Radiation Biology committees, UK Clinical Study Groups, and is currently an associate editor for Radiation Research, on the editorial board for Clinical Oncology, on the UK Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment, an honorary member of the Royal College of Radiologists and an honorary fellow of the British Institute of Radiology.
Junior speaker: Dr Anne Hinks, Institute of Inflammation and Repair: "Genetic susceptibility to juvenile idiopathic arthritis"
Anne is a Research Fellow at the Arthritis Research UK centre for genetics and genomics, where she has worked since 1994. My research interests include the overlap of autoimmune disease susceptibility loci, which was the focus of her PhD, and the genetics of the most common childhood onset arthritic disease, juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). Working with Professor Wendy Thomson, she has taken a number of strategies to identify JIA susceptibility loci, including candidate gene approaches and genome-wide association studies. Working with international collaborators resulted in a large scale study of Immune loci in JIA which was published in Nature Genetics in 2013, and successfully identified 14 novel JIA susceptibility regions. In addition, the work is now moving to also look for genetic predictors of methotrexate drug response and poor long-term disease outcomes of JIA.
Who is it for?
The monthly Faculty Research Series events are open to all staff and students from across the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences and the University, offering an opportunity to celebrate research achievement and stimulate scientific interaction. Each month one host School or Institute from the Faculty will pair with a different School or Institute to highlight and showcase similar topics from different perspectives. The 2015 series is led by Professor David Eisner and administered from the Faculty Research Office.
Held on Wednesday lunchtimes, each meeting lasts an hour, including two 20 minute presentations – one from a senior and one from a more junior member of Faculty staff. Each presentation will be followed by a short discussion. A buffet lunch will be available from 12.30. Presentations begin at 1pm.
Please note that places will be limited so registration is essential, please register via Eventbrite