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Forbairt Ghairme & Taighde Scileanna UCD

UCD Conway Festival of Research & Innovation - 9/10 September 2015

This annual celebration of research and innovation showcases recent work by UCD Conway scientists and profiles the latest developments from leading experts in aligned areas of scientific research.  

Download the 2015 UCD Conway Festival of Research & Innovation poster
Download the 2015 UCD Conway Festival of Research & Innovation programme (provisional)

Plenary Speakers

Christoph Lengauer PhD MBA
Chief Scientific Officer, Blueprint Medicines, Cambridge, USA
'Taking cancer personally: Impacting patients’ lives through precision medicine'

Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith
Professor of Genetics & Head, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge, UK
‘Intergenerational epigenetic inheritance in a mouse model of undernutrition’

Professor Colin Hill
Professor of Microbial Food Safety, School of Microbiology, University College Cork
‘What lies within – mining our microbiota for novel therapies’

Invited Speakers

Professor Therese Kinsella, UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science & UCD Conway Institute
‘Thromboxane’s Impact on Human Disease: A Tale of two Receptors Cut from the Same Cloth?’

Professor Barry Smyth, UCD School of Computer Science & Informatics & Insight Centre for Data Analytics
‘From Small Sensors to Big Data: How the Sensor Web is Changing our World’

Professor Walter Kolch, Systems Biology Ireland & UCD Conway Institute
'Signal Processing by Biological Signal Transduction Networks'

Dr Silke Ryan, St Vincent’s University Hospital, UCD School of Medicine & UCD Conway Institute
‘Inflammatory pathway activation by Intermittent Hypoxia in Obstructive Sleep Apnoea’

Dr Norman Davey, UCD Conway Institute
'The Discovery and Characterisation of a Novel Class of APC/C Activator Binding Motif Required for Ordered Cyclin Destruction and Spindle Assembly Checkpoint Integrity'

Professor Stefan Oscarsson, UCD School of Chemistry & Chemical Biology & UCD Conway Institute
‘Towards Fungal Glycoconjugate Vaccines. How to Identify Protecting Epitopes in Cryptococcus neoformans Capsular Polysaccharides.’

Dr Ursula Fearon, St Vincent’s University Hospital & UCD School of Medicine & Medical Science
‘Dysregulated Bioenergetics: A Key Regulator of Joint Inflammation’

Early Career Researcher Forum

Is industry hostile to the PhD? How can early career researchers best position themselves for careers outside of academia? Hear from our expert panel on their experience of the preparedness of PhD graduates for the job and join the discussion during a Q&A session.   

Moderated & Review Poster Sessions

The 2015 Festival Committee thank all authors who submitted abstracts for consideration. The submission process is now closed. Authors will be advised by mid-August as to whether they have be selected to present in the moderated or review sessions. 

Poster Review Sessions:
Authors of abstracts selected for poster review sessions will outline their work to a two-person panel composed of senior postdoctoral researchers and/or Conway Fellows on the afternoon of Wednesday, 9 September.

Moderated Poster Sessions: 
Authors of abstracts shortlisted for moderated poster sessions will give a 5 minute outline of their work including mention of any innovative potential to a committee including keynote speakers, Conway Fellows & UCD colleagues on the afternoon of Wednesday, 9 September. 

Moderated poster session winners will give a 5 minute oral presentation of their work in a dedicated Festival session on 10 September. The 2015 Conway Festival Medal sponsored by Cruinn Diagnostics will be awarded for the best poster and presentation.

Trade Exhibition

Contact conway@ucd.ie for information on sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.

Primary Sponsors: Double-Helix