10 July 2017, School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge. Supported by NIHR BRC and NIHR BTRU – Cambridge
The Academic Foundation Programme and NIHR BRC (Biomedical Research Centre) and NIHR BTRU (Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Organ Donation and Transplantation) Trainees’ Annual Research Day was attended by more than 50 trainees and guests and provided an opportunity for AFP Y2 trainees and NIHR BRC and BTRU trainees to present their research. Professor Andrew McCaskie and Dr Menna Clatworthy started the day with a short welcome and introductory talk. Professor Bill Irish (Postgraduate Dean), Professor Mike Nicholson, Dr Simon Pacey and Dr Charlotte Summers were invited guests and judges for the event.
There were ten oral presentations from trainees from the Academic Foundation Programme, the NIHR BRC and NIHR BTRU in Organ Donation and Transplantation. Presentations covered a range of topics including ‘The role of autoantibodies in traumatic brain injury’ and ‘Targeting renal ischaemia-reperfusion injury using haemadsorption of circulating inflammatory mediators in a porcine experimental model’. In addition to trainee presentations, the audience enjoyed an excellent talk from the Keynote Speaker, Professor Richard Gilbertson, Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre, on making the best of clinical academic opportunities, with examples from his own career.
The poster display included fifteen posters on a variety of topics, such as ‘ECG wavelength restitution in patients with heart failure for the prediction of death from arrhythmia’ and ‘Effects of differential TNF receptor signalling on human neutrophil function’. The posters were available to review throughout the day and were preceded by a short poster presentation introduction, giving the audience an insight into the research topics on display.
Attendees were given a bound abstract book to take away with them. To close the afternoon Professor Andrew McCaskie and Dr Menna Clatworthy commended everyone on the high quality of their work and presented awards for the best poster and best presentation, winner and runner-up.