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12th Annual Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Symposium

Details about the programme, Ker Memorial Speaker and Prize Winner, and voting arrangements for the poster sessions for this year's Annual Symposium

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We are delighted to be hosting our 12th Annual Symposium in the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh on Thursday 22 June 2023.

This is an opportunity for our community to come together and hear about infectious diseases research from across Edinburgh, celebrate our achievements, and to meet with colleagues old and new.

The event will start at 9.30 am, and will close at 5 pm with a drinks reception.

Poster sessions

Poster sessions will run in the morning coffee and lunch time breaks.  The prize winners will be decided via a peoples' choice so please do take time to visit the presenters and cast your vote. 


You will be able to submit your votes from 11 am onwards on the day of the symposium, and the polls will close at 3.45 pm.   

Vote here for the best student poster

Vote here for the best postdoc/staff poster







  Session 1  Chair: Keith Matthews  
09:30 David Dockrell Centre for Inflammation Research, co-Director of Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Welcome and Introduction
09:35 Steve Sinkins University of Glasgow Mosquito symbionts for pathogen transmission-blocking
10:05 Clara Calvert Usher Institute Leveraging Scottish pregnancy, maternal and baby data in a pandemic: the COVID-19 in pregnancy in Scotland (COPS) study
10:25 Stella Mazeri and Till Bachmann Roslin Institute and Centre for Inflammation Research Fleming Fund:  Capacity building to tackle AMR
10:35 Chihku Chimwaza Fleming Fund Fellow, Ministry of HealthMalawi Surveillence of AMR in poultry production in Malawi

Session 2

11:20 Meghan Perry NHS Lothian Clinical Infection Research Group
11:30 Thamarai Schneiders Centre for Inflammation Research Data Integrity & Ethics in infection research
11:40 Rennos Fragkoudis Genome Foundry The Edinburgh Genome Foundry: A Robotic Setup for High-throughput Bioengineering
11:50 Javier Santoyo Lopez Edinburgh Genomics Edinburgh Genomics: Building Long-Read High-Fidelity Sequencing resources to support Bioscience Research
12:00 Eleanor Watson Moredun Research Institute Detection of zoonotic bacteria and AMR in grey seal populations
12:20 CJ Anderson Centre for Inflammation Research Symptom or participant? How death-induced dysbiosis influences intestinal repair
  Session 3 Chair:  Katie Atkins  
13:55 Ker Memorial Prize winner:  Verity Hill School of Biological Sciences From epidemics to pandemics: Elucidating the dynamics of Ebola Virus and SARS-CoV-2
14:15 Andy Leigh-Brown School of Biological Sciences Analysing HIV outbreaks in Scotland using viral sequencing
14:35 Sudeepa Abeysinghe School of Social and Political Science Global Health Governance and Pandemics
14:55 Jane Redford Edinburgh Innovations Routes to Translation:  Support from EI
15:00 Kiran Wadhawan School of Biological Sciences How applicable is the Independent Action Hypothesis to various host-pathogen systems?
15:05 Matthew Burgess Centre for Inflammation Research Helminth induced monocytosis conveys protection from respiratory syncytial virus infection
15:10 James Broughton School of Biological Sciences Single-cell physiological response of E. coli to suppressive antibiotic combinations
15:15 Laura Confalonieri School of Physics and Astronomy Assessment of pH changes for detection of bacterial growth and biofilm formation
15:20 James Baxter Usher Institute Reconciling the Probability that HIV-1 Infection Is Initiated by Multiple Variants with the Rate of CD4+ Decline
15:25 COFFEE    
  Session 4 Chair:  Ross Fitzgerald  
15:55 Presentation of poster prizes    
16:00 Ker Memorial Lecture:  Prof Carmen Buchrieser Pasteur Institute

Molecular mimicry: a host subversion strategy employed by Legionella pneumophila

17:00 Drinks reception    

Ker Memorial Lecture and Prize Winner

We are particularly pleased that the Ker Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Carmen Buchrieser from the Institut Pasteur, who will speak about her research to understand how bacteria cause disease.

About Carmen

And as is customary we will also hear from the winner of the Ker Memorial Prize, awarded for the best PhD thesis in infectious diseases submitted in 2022. 

Update 2 June 2023:  This year we are delighted to announce that the 2023 prize has been awarded to Dr Verity Hill, who carried out her PhD with Prof Andrew Rambaut in the School of Biological Sciences.  She is now a postdoc in Nathan Grubaugh's lab in the Yale Schoool of Medicine.

About Verity

Congratulations to all nominees for Ker Memorial Prize


Contact us

If you have any questions about the event please contact us by email

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