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Barts Neurosciences Symposium 2013

Tuesday 26 February 2013

Beginning the New Year in style, Barts and The London Neuroscience Society (NeuroSoc) successfully hosted its first inaugural Neurosciences Symposium on Wednesday 16 January. Welcoming delegates from a wide range of institutions, Barts Neurosciences Symposium brought together like-minded individuals interested in the neurosciences, creating an environment which facilitated both idea exchange and debate.

The Symposium comprised of a morning poster viewing session, showcasing both academic and clinical neuroscience research by UK-based MBBS, BSc, MSc and PhD students. Winning posters included “Using a gene trap mouse line to characterise ODZ3 expression throughout development” by Ioannis Christodoulides, King’s College London, and “Permeabilisation of the blood-brain barrier at sites of metastases enables targeted therapy delivery” by Gegoire Chatain, University of Oxford, who were awarded the Gardiner Undergraduate and Subrati Postgraduate Poster Prizes, respectively. The morning also saw delegates engaging in Spinal Cord Regeneration and Neurosurgical Trauma workshops, centring around the mechanisms behind neuropathic pain and emergency trepanning!

NeuroSoc were both honoured and delighted to welcome the following keynote speakers, including: Semir Zeki, Professor of Neurobiology at University College London; James Fawcett, Merck Company Chair of Experimental Neurology at the University of Cambridge; Tipu Aziz, Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Oxford; and Gavin Giovannoni, Chair of Neurology at Barts and The London SMD/Barts Health NHS Trust. Lecture topics ranged from “Neuroesthetics - The science behind love and beauty” to “Spinal cord regeneration “, which received excellent feedback from delegates. An evening wine reception closed the symposium, making it all in all, an extraordinarily successful day.

Thank you to the Symposium Organising Committee for all their hard work, as well as staff at the Blizard Research Institute, without whom, this day would not have been possible.

Amy Bowes and Raj Dattani
NeuroSoc/Neurosciences Symposium

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