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2017 UCD Conway Festival of Research & Innovation

Date: 12 September 2017 14 September 2017

Venue: UCD Conway & Charles Institutes, University College Dublin

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2017 UCD Conway Festival guidebook 

Distinguished Plenary Lecture

In conjunction with Systems Biology Ireland

Joseph Schlessinger, William H. Prusoff Professor, Yale University School of Medicine
'Cell Signalling by Receptor Tyrosine Kinases: From Basic Principles to Cancer Therapy'

Plenary Lectures 

Andrea Califano, Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology
Columbia University
'Elucidating and Targeting Mechanisms of Cancer Cell State Maintenance.'

Kenneth Wolfe, Professor of Genomic Evolution
University College Dublin
'You say tomato, I say potato. Evolution of the genetic code in yeasts.'

Giovanna Mallucci, van Geest Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of Cambridge
‘Neurodegeneration: from molecules to medicines’

Darrel Francis, Professor of Cardiology
National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London
‘How to lie in your medical research and get away with it’

Invited Lectures 

Assoc. Professor Oliver Blacque, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science & UCD Conway Institute
‘Worming through cilium biology and disease mechanisms’

Professor Grace Mulcahy, UCD Veterinary Medicine & UCD Conway Institute
‘Not Just a Fluke -  The Worm Turns’

Professor David MacHugh, UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science and UCD Conway Institute
‘Comparative and Integrative Genomics of Bovine and Human Tuberculosis: A One Health Perspective’

Dr Fiona McGillicuddy
, UCD School of Medicine & UCD Conway Institute
‘Dietary manipulation of metabolic inflammation in obesity – can we have our cake and eat it too?’

Professor Jennifer McElwain
, Dept. of Botany, Trinity College Dublin
‘Paleobotany and Global Change’

Innovation Forum

How can scientists maximise the innovative potential within their research projects. Hear how our expert panel have tried to realise their ideas, the highs (and lows) they experienced along the road to commercialisation. Panellists include: Prof. Emmeline Hill, CSO Plusvital Ltd; Dr Sean Mac Fhearraigh, Co-founder & CTO Reagent Genie; Francis Bates, GM Allergan Clonshaugh – Global Manufacturing.

Abstract Calls

The abstract calls for the 2017 UCD Conway Festival of Research & Innovation are now closed. All authors will be contacted shortly.  

UCD Conway Festival Gold Medal
Research abstracts are now invited from Conway researchers and associated partners in SBI, CSCB, UCD Charles, MMI & clinical sites at SVUH, MMUH & OLCSH for presentation at the 2017 UCD Conway Festival. All submitting authors must be available on 13 September to discuss their work in moderated or review sessions. 

  • Poster Review Sessions: Authors will give 5 minute outline of research to a 2-person panel composed of senior postdoctoral researchers and/or Conway Fellows.
  • Moderated Poster Sessions: Shortlisted authors will give a 5 minute outline of research work to a committee including plenary speakers, Conway Fellows & UCD colleagues. Winners in each category will give a 5 minute oral presentation of their work in a dedicated Festival session on 14 September. The 2017 Conway Festival Medal will be awarded for the best poster and presentation.
  • Download the 2017 UCD Conway Festival Gold Medal abstract submission template

UCD Allergan Innovation Award
The UCD Allergan Innovation Award will feature as part of the UCD Conway Festival of Research & Innovation where there is specific emphasis on showcasing the innovative potential of current research projects being undertaken. A bursary of up to €7,000 will be awarded to the early career researcher(s) whose research shows greatest innovative potential.

  • Abstracts are invited from UCD early career researchers in the life sciences with research interests in areas aligned to those specified by Allergan namely; dermatology & aesthetics, central nervous system, eye care, women’s health & urology, gastroenterology, cardiovascular disease and infectious disease.
  • Submitting authors will be a permanent resident on the island of Ireland. 
  • Criteria for shortlisting abstracts will place emphasis on excellent research with innovative potential.
  • Further information in the 2017 UCD Allergan Innovation Call document
  • Download the 2017 UCD Allergan Innovation Award abstract submission template

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