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
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 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.
|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|
|10:50||COFFEE AND POSTERS|
|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|
|12:40||LUNCH AND POSTERS|
|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|
|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
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.
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.
If you have any questions about the event please contact us by email