25 July 2016, University Centre, Cambridge. Supported by NIHR BRC and BTRU – Cambridge
The Academic Foundation Programme and NIHR BRC and NIHR BTRU Research Day was attended by more than 50 trainees and provided an opportunity for BRC and BTRU students and AFP2 trainees to present their research. Dr Menna Clatworthy (Cambridge BRC and BTRU Training Lead) and Professor Andrew McCaskie (AFP Programme Director) started the day with a short welcome and introductory talk. Professor Andrew Bradley (BTRU Director, Cambridge) and Professor Edwin Chilvers were invited guests and judges for the event.
There were eleven oral presentations including some given by BTRU trainees: Miriam Berry (‘Donor physiology and the renal micro-environment determine anatomical and functional specialisation of tissue-resident mononuclear phagocytes’), Patrick Trotter (‘Should we use organs from donors with meningitis and encephalitis?’), and Hannah Copley (‘Assessment of the binding kinetics of alloantibody–HLA interactions to enable immunological risk assessment and improve outcomes in kidney transplantation’). In addition to trainee presentations, the audience also enjoyed a talk from the Keynote Speaker, Professor David Rowitch, on his work investigating the biology of myelination.
There was also a display of 22 posters on a variety of topics, such as ‘The role of Siglec-G and innate B cells in acute kidney injury’ (presenter: Akimichi Inaba) and ‘Ideal kidney oxygenation during ex vivo normothermic perfusion: optimising conditioning for transplantation’ (presenter: Tom Adams). The posters were available to review throughout the day. Attendees were given a bound abstract book to take away with them.
At the close of the afternoon Dr Menna Clatworthy and Professor Andrew McCaskie commended everyone on the high quality of this year’s presentations and posters. Winner and runner-up prizes were awarded for best presentation and best poster. Miriam Berry won the prize for the best presentation and Akimichi Inaba received the runner-up prize for the best poster.