Event archive

  • When:  Saturday 17 November 2012
  • Time:  10 am  - 2 pm
  • Location:  Royal Society of Edinburgh, George Street

10.00 am  Coffee
10.30 am  Welcome and Introductory Remarks
10.40 am  ‘The Ocean Pharmacy:  New Pharmaceutical Leads from Marine Micro-organisms’
  • Professor Andrew Mearns Spragg FSB, Chief Technology Officer, Aquapharm Biodiscovery Ltd
  • When:  Friday 16 November 2012
  • Course will run 29 April - 10 May 2013
  • More details on the course are available on the Wellcome Trust website



9.30 - 10.30:  Registration and Coffee

10.30 -11.30:  Prof Alan Boyde (Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London)
Title:   40 years of Imaging and Microscopy

11.30 - 12.15:  Prof Rory Duncan (School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University)

12.15 -12.35:  Dr Lars Erwig (Institute of Medical Sciences, Universtiy of Aberdeen)

12.35 - 12.50:  Contributed short talk

  • Tuesday 13 November 2012
  • 6.30 - 8.30 pm
  • Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE
  • Chaired by Professor David Heymann
  • For more details, including how to register, please visit the Royal Society of Medicine website

Infectious diseases cause a very high burden of largely avoidable morbidity and mortality globally, and place significant strain on limited health budgets, the health systems and economies of affected countries. Since infections do not recognise borders, investments in R&D for infectious diseases will produce global public goods that have a positive impact both locally and globally regardless of the site of the work or the location of the institution receiving an award, bringing substantial health, social and economic benefit.

We present the first in-depth analysis of the UK contribution to infectious disease research, totalling £2.6 billion and including over 6000 studies. This includes data from all the major funders of infectious disease research. What proportion of the spend has gone into pre-clinical research compared to operational research? How much focus has the UK given to tuberculosis compared to HIV? And how much malaria funding is there compared to neglected tropical diseases? And who is doing the research? We discuss these critical issues and invite comment on future direction.

A panel discussion will follow the lecture.  Panellists include

  • Rifat Atun (Professor of International Health Management, Imperial College Business School)
  • Richard Smith (Professor of Health System Economics, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

A reception will take place after the panel discussion.

  • When:  Monday 12 November 2012
  • Location:  The Roslin Institute Building Auditorium, Easter Bush, Edinburgh EH24 9RG
  • Registration Date: 1st November 2012
  • Registration Fee: £125
  • Contact:  gila.holliman@roslin.ed.ac.uk
  • Please find all the information, including a link for online registration, at the STN website at http://www.stn.ed.ac.uk/stn/seminars.html

Chair: Professor V. Hugh Perry (University of Southampton)

9:00-9:30 Professor Bob Will (National CJD Surveillance Unit, Edinburgh, UK)
Natural transmission of Alzheimer's disease: is there any evidence?

The 18th annual BIO-Europe® is Europe's largest partnering conference, serving the global biotechnology industry.

  • When:  Saturday/Sunday 10/11 and 16/17 November 2012
  • Time:  12.30 - 3.30 pm, drop-in sessions
  • Location:  John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, Inverleith Row

"Life Through a Lens" is a project developed by the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh to get the the excitement and wonder of cell biology across to non-scientists of all ages.  At the drop-in sessions visitors will have the chance to use a microscope, meet scientists from the University of Edinburgh and discuss the work of current and historical scientists.  Edinburgh Infectious Diseases is playing its part with a display about the helminth H. polygyrus on 10/11 November.

For more information about "Life Through a Lens", please visit the project website.


  • When:  Friday 9 November 2012
  • Time:  9 am - 6 pm
  • Location:  Charles Darwin House, London, UK

It is estimated that more than half of the human population plus a much greater number of domestic and wild animals suffer from parasitic infections. The magnitude of the problem can be illustrated by estimates of more than 250 million human cases and about 1 million deaths each year from malaria alone.

The meeting will highlight the recent advances in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that are essential for these parasites life cycle. It will also incorporate the different experimental approaches that can be applied to the study of various protist parasites. The meeting will also demonstrate how biochemical approaches can be applied to reveal novel signalling pathways.

  • When:  Wednesday 7 November 2012
  • Time:  9 am - 6 pm
  • Location:  The Hub, Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Centre for Immunity Infection and Evolution, University of Edinburgh, invites you to the Neglected Diseases Research Symposium which will take place on Wednesday, 7 November at The Hub on Royal Mile.

For more information, detailed programme and speakers bios, go to:  http://symposium.bio.ed.ac.uk/ciie/

The LSHTM TB Centre is hosting a one-day symposium showcasing recent trends in TB research and discussing novel ways to move forward.
  • Session 1: Research from the Field, chaired by Ginny Bond
  • Session 2: Moving TB Research from the field to mathematical models, chaired by John Porter
  • Session 3: Finding TB cases, chaired by Dave Moore
  • When:  Wednesday 31 October 2012
  • Location:  Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Edinburgh, UK
  • More information
  • When:  Wednesday 31 October 2012
  • Time:  10 - 12 pm
  • Location:  Venue G.07, Informatics Forum (Central Area)
Open presentation and one-to-one meetings
Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Funding Talk Advisors from the Wellcome Trust's will talk about funding opportunities for academics from the Humanities and Social Sciences whose research intersects with medicine or other health related fields.
For those interested in applying for these funds, there is also the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with Nils Fietje, Medical Humanities Adviser or Paul Woodgate, Ethics & Society Advisor, from 13:00-16:00.
  • When:  Tuesday 30 October 2012
  • Location:  Thistle Hotel, Glasgow, UK
  • More information
  • When:  Monday 29 - Tuesday 30 October 2012
  • Location:  Discovery Centre Dundee

CoZEE (Cooperative of Zoonoses Experience and Expertise) is a new research network for those working on Zoonoses in Scotland.  More information is available on their website - http://www.cozee-zoonosis.net.

The theme for the meeting this year is Intervention Strategies to Prevent and Control Zoonoses.  A draft programme for the meeting is below.

To register please email Hazel Rice (hazel.rice@cozee-zoonosis.net)


  • When:  Thursday 25 October 2012
  • Time:  1 - 5 pm
  • Location:  Darwin Building, Rm 712, Kings Buildings

This Knowledge Exchange Workshop, supported by the BBSRC, is intended to showcase the sorts of funds that are available to support commercialisation.  It will have presentations from PI’s who have been successful in obtaining funds to support industry interactions and an insight  from some companies who have participated in these schemes too.

  • When:  Wednesday 24 October 2012
  • Location:  The Brewery Conference Centre, London
Govtoday is pleased to announce the final conference of the "Reducing HCAIs 2012 series - A Whole System Approach", to be held at the Brewery Conference Centre on Wednesday 24th October. We are especially pleased to announce the first National Summit to be hosted by the Hand Hygiene Alliance will be held as part of this conference.
There has been great progress in reducing MRSA bloodstream and Clostridium difficile infections in some parts of the NHS, but we want everyone at the level of the best...but there is still more to do before we have achieved our objective of zero tolerance...and it is vital that we continue to reduce variation across the country."

Meeting programme

  • When:  Saturday 13 - Sunday 21 October 2012
  • Location:  Venues all over Midlothian!

Looking for something different to do this half-term?  The Midlothian Science Festival is it!!



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