Successful inaugural Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Symposium

The inaugural annual symposium of Edinburgh Infectious Diseases was held on 31 May at the Royal Society of Edinburgh when over 150 clinical and academic researchers gathered for an exciting day of presentations.  In fact such was the interest in the symposium we were actually oversubscribed and had to turn people away!

Talks were given by staff from the across the University of Edinburgh (see below), with the keynote address from Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, one of the co-winners of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, for her work in the discovery of HIV, the causative agent of AIDS.  

  • Clifford Leen (Western General Hospital) - Infectious diseases in Edinburgh - a clinical perspective
  • Jayne Hope (Roslin Institute) - Innate immunity and vaccination
  • Ross Fitzgerald (Roslin Institute) - Evolutionary dynamics of natural populations of Staphylococcus aureus
  • Steve Jenkins (IIIR)  Macrophage proliferation in Th2 inflammation
  • Peter Ghazal (Division of Pathway Medicine)  - How infants respond to infection
  • Keith Matthews (IIIR)  - How trypanosomes talk to each other 
  • Tim Connelley (Roslin Institute) - Immunity to Theileria 
  • Amy Buck (IIIR) - Micro-RNA in infectious diseases
  • Gill Wilson  (Ker Memorial Prize Winner; Roslin Institute) - A novel core genome-encoded superantigen contributes to lethality of community-associated MRSA necrotizing pneumonia
  • Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (Institut Pasteur) - Innate responses, a key determinant of HIV/SIV infection outcome

We ended the proceedings with a welcome wine reception in the grand foyer of the Royal Society of Edinburgh!

Feedback comments from those who came were very positive (see below) and we look forward to hosting a similar event next year, although perhaps in a bigger venue, so that we can accommodate the audience a little more comfortably.

A few of the comments we received:

"I thought it was an overall great day with a broad range of talks from very good speakers.  The only thing I would change in the future would be to have a venue that can fit a larger audience."

"Congratulations to a very good symposium"

"Good to get some insight on who is working on what"

"Excellent organisation, fantastic event.  More like this one!!"

"More biscuits at the coffee/tea break."

"Fantastic choice of Keynote speaker, though would have come anyway to hear the rest of the Edinburgh talks irrespective of keynote."

"Could have given up one talk to make a little more time for the posters"


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