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Title: 8th Annual UCD Conway Institue Festival of Research

Thursday 25 September 2008

Organiser: UCD Conway Institute
Location: O’Reilly Hall
Contact: T: +353.1.716.6720

8th Annual UCD Conway Institue Festival of Research

The annual Festival of Research showcases research carried out at the UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research. It is an opportunity for researchers to present their work to the wider UCD audience.

Over 160 scientific posters will be on display. While some researchers will give short oral presentations of their work, others will take part in ‘moderated poster sessions’, where they will discuss their research among smaller, more informal groups. Prizes will be awarded in each of the poster categories at the end of the day, and the proceedings will close with a wine reception.

The UCD Conway Institute Seminar Committee has always been successful in attracting international keynote speakers to the Festival, and 2008 is no exception. This year the three plenary lectures will be delivered by Professor Nicholas Turner of the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, Professor Ralf Baumeister of Freiburg University and Professor Denis Noble CBE of University of Oxford. For further details on each of the speakers and their areas of research, see below. Dr Hugh Brady, President of UCD will open the 2008 Festival.


Festival Programme
09.00 – 09.15
09.15 – 09.30

Dr Orina Belton, Chair, UCD Conway Seminar Committee

Opening Remarks
UCD President, Dr Hugh Brady

09.30 – 10.30

Plenary Lecture

“Directed Evolution of Enzymes: New Biocatalysts for Organic Synthesis” - Professor Nicholas Turner, Professor of Chemical Biology & Director of
Excellence in Biocatalysis (CoEBio3), Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre.

10.30 - 11.30

Session 1:

  • “Novel approach to the synthesis of aliphatic and aromatic keto acids” - Daniele Balducci

  • “The ‘policeman of the abdomen’ no longer undercover; the human omentum reveals itself as a unique immune organ, which is compromised in obesity” - Lydia Lynch

  • “PEAT_SA:A program for high-throughput screening of the effect of single point
    mutations and its application to drug resistant mutations in HIV Protease” - Michael Johnston

  • “Cell migration through the blood brain barrier (BBB) in feline immunodeficiency virus infection is significantly influenced by the pre-existence of virus and TNF-α within the CNS: studies using an in vitro feline BBB model” - Nicola Fletcher
11.30 – 12.30
Moderated Poster viewing session A

Infection, Immunity & Inflammation; Chemical and Structural Biology;
12.30 - 13.30
Plenary Lecture

“Systems Biology of Ageing and Age-Related Disorders” - Professor Ralf Baumeister, ZBSA Center for Systems Biology, Bioinformatics &
Mol. Genetics, Freiburg.
13.30 - 14.30
Poster viewing

14.30 - 15.30

Session 2:

  • “ARL-13 Regulates Intraflagellar Transport Complex Assembly in C.elegans” - Sebiha
  • “Pulmonary Hypertension in Lung Disease: a Key Role for Gremlin” - Edwina Cahill
  • “CDK-dependent phosphorylation of Bim during Taxol-induced cell death” - Sean Mac Fhearraigh
  • “The bone morphogenetic protein inhibitor chordin regulates dendritic structure and spatial learning” - Michelle Nic Raghnaill
15.30 - 16.45
Moderated Poster viewing session B

Cell Biology and Neuroscience; Mechanisms of Disease, including diabetes, vascular
biology & cancer
17.00 - 18.00
Plenary Lecture

“The Music of Life: Principles of Systems Biology” - Professor Denis Noble CBE FRS, Balliol College, Oxford and Department of
Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics.

Presentation of prizes
Professor Janet Allen, Director, UCD Conway Institute;

Conclusion and reception

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