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Professor Mark Sansom, Head of Department
Departmental Annual Meeting showcases outstanding research
Researchers from across the department caught up with the latest research from their colleagues at the departmental annual meeting on the 22 and 23 April.
Departmental members at the Annual Meeting
Around 300 people gathered at St Catherine's College for 21 talks over the one and a half days, with topics ranging from biophysics to modeling disease states.
In his opening remarks, departmental head Mark Sansom said that the talks provided a snapshot of the basic medical research going on in the department. Recognising that the emphasis at the meeting should be on young researchers, almost all the speakers were either postdocs or DPhil students, a change from previous meetings.
Professor Sansom gave a special welcome to members of the department's Scientific Advisory Board, world-leading scientists from the University of Oxford and elsewhere. They would have the chance to hear about the quality and breadth of research going on, directly from those carrying out the work.
He also took the opportunity to congratulate researchers on the department's recent success at REF 2014 and on their continued success in bringing in grants.
Talks were divided into six sessions which were chaired by selected group leaders: Membrane and structural biology; Mechanisms of differentiation and development; Chromosome structure and segregation; Regulation of gene expression; DNA damage sensing and repair; and, Disease states and pathogens.
Speakers gave excellent talks and presented interesting and current research in an accessible way. Their youth, combined with that of their colleagues asking questions after the talks, contributed to an lively atmosphere.