Successful Edinburgh Infectious Diseases symposium 2014 held on 21 May

The Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Annual Symposium was held on Wednesday 21 May at the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.  For this, our third annual symposium, we were again treated to a wonderful day of infectious disease science with talks and poster presentations spread over the day. 

We heard about topics ranging from the changing impact of infectious diseases on global health and the pathogenesis of chlamydial infections, to the role of vector transmission in the virulence of malaria parasites and the efforts to find new drugs against trypanosomes.

The 2014 Ker Memorial speakers, Chris Lucas (L) and Philippe Sansonetti (R).  More information about the Ker Prize, and the two Edinburgh physicians it commmorates can be found here

Particular highlights were the presentations given by the Ker Memorial Prize winner Dr Chris Lucas from the Centre for Inflammation Research describing his thesis work on modulation of inflammatory cell apoptosis in infection associated inflammation, and the Ker Memorial Lecture given by Professor Philippe Sansonetti from the Institut Pasteur in Paris on his prolific work into the pathogenesis of Shigella infection in humans. 

In addition to the talks we also had 40 posters making for vibrant poster sessions and the judges of the poster prize were kept very busy going round them all.  They had a hard decision to choose the overall winner, but in the end the worthy prize winner was to Laura McCulloch from Barry McColl’s lab at the Roslin Institute for her poster describing the effects of stroke on susceptibility to bacterial infection.  Many congratulations!

Once again the day ended with a reception for all participants, where conversations and scientific interactions could continue over a glass of wine. 

Watch the lectures on our YouTube channel

We are excited that most of the talks were recorded and now are available on our YouTube channel.  Click the logo on the right to view the talks.

The full programme for the symposium is given below

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