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NEWSLETTER Mar-May 2018

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PINT OF SCIENCE 2018 (May 15)

Sarah gave an outstanding talk explaining about stem cell therapies and our research at Queen’s University Belfast. This is the first ‘Pint of Science’ event in Belfast. Pint of Science is an annual science festival that takes place every May and brings researchers to a local pub to present their scientific discoveries. This public event took place in Belfast Black Box and the theme was ‘SEEING INTO THE FUTURE:Global blindness is set to triple by 2050. Our growing ageing population, unhealthy lifestyle choices and genetics are behind the numbers. What are we doing in the Fight for Sight?’ This event was run with Fight For Sight, and proceeds from ticket sales will go to Fight For Sight.

Pint of Science

Presentations at ARVO 2018 in Hawaii (APR 29 – May 3)

Pietro and Stuart attended ARVO annual meeting 2018 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is the biggest international conference for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. There were over 11,000 international basic and clinical researchers sharing the latest breakthroughs in vision research. The poster presentations given by Pietro and Stuart attracted a lot of attention from peers.

ARVO2018

Collaborative work with King’s college london (APR 25 – APR 29)

Sarah visited King’s College London for collaborative research work with Dr Modarai’s team. We thank Bijan, Francesca, and Ashish for hosting Sarah in their lab.

Welcome to visiting Japanese Scientists

This is the third year our research group is hosting medical students from the Medical School at Okayama University, Japan. Kenta Tsuchida and Yoshinori Nishiura arrived to Belfast on May 5th, and will be with us for the next 3 months. This visit is not only a learning experience for the students, but also enhances the Internationalisation strategy at Queen’s University Belfast.

OKAGAKUSEI

BSc Honours students

Our research group hosted two undergraduate students, Ms Aileen Burke and Mr Daniel Hsu Wen See. They were co-supervised by Jasenka and Elisa, respectively. Well done with their final oral presentations and good luck in their future careers!

Thanks to Edoardo's initiative, some members of our Research Group at Queen's University Belfast have started to take coding classes in R.

This class is supported by DataCamp, the most intuitive learning platform for data science. Learn R, Python and SQL the way you learn best through a combination of short expert videos and hands-on-the-keyboard exercises. Take over 100+ courses by expert instructors on topics such as importing data, data visualization or machine learning and learn faster through immediate and personalised feedback on every exercise.

 

Well done to Kiran, Christina, Gareth, and Lana who presented at

the 53rd Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes

in Lisbon, 11-15 September 2017.

 

NEWSLETTER JAN-FEB 2018

TWO PAPERS PUBLISHED IN TWO MONTHS

Congratulations to the Research Group for the two recent publications!

1. The Vasoreparative Function of Myeloid Angiogenic Cells (MACs) is Impaired in Diabetes Through the Induction of IL1β. Chambers SE, O'Neill CL, Guduric-Fuchs J, McLoughlin KJ, Liew A, Egan AM, O'Brien T, Stitt AW, Medina RJStem Cells. 2018 Feb 27.

2. Preclinical Evaluation and Optimization of a Cell Therapy Using Human Cord Blood-Derived Endothelial Colony-Forming Cells for Ischemic Retinopathies.Reid E, Guduric-Fuchs J, O'Neill CL, Allen LD, Chambers SEJ, Stitt AW, Medina RJ. Stem Cells Transl Med. 2018 Jan;7(1):59-67.

 

PRESENTATION AT EURETINA 2018

Reinhold gave a plenary lecture entitled What is new in our understanding of the pathogenesis of early and late diabetic retinopathy?at the 8th EURETINA meeting, organised by the European Society of Retina Specialists in Budapest the 16th February 2018.

http://www.euretina.org/Budapest2018/programme/default.asp

THANK YOU TO THE NATIONAL EYE RESEARCH CENTRE FOR AWARDING A TRAVEL AWARD TO PIETRO BERTELLI

Pietro will be presenting at the International Ophthalmology Meeting ARVO 2018 (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) in Honolulu, Hawaii from April 29 to May 3.

Pietro also got a summary of his work published as a blog article:

https://www.elisagenie.com/2017/11/09/diabetic-retinopathy-premature-cellular-senescence-microvascular-dysfunction/

VISITS TO THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS IN IRELAND AND NUI GALWAY

Christina, Jasenka, Judith, and Reinhold visited RCSI in Dublin on Feb 28th to discuss potential collaborative research. Thank you to Roger, Ingmar, and Jamie for the arrangements and very productive day. We are looking forward to working with scientists from RCSI.

Sarah visited NUIG in Galway from Feb 11th to 14th to meet and learn from Tim O’Brien’s lab.

WELCOMES, FAREWELLS, AND BEST WISHES

+Good luck to Rachel Church on her new position at ALMAC!

+Welcome to Dr Louise Johnston who has recently join the group!

+Happy Birthday to Sarah, Rachel, and Edoardo!

+All the best to Lynsey-Dawn Allen! 

CEM EVENTS

Well done to Christina and Varun for their oral presentations, and to Joana for getting a poster award at the CEM Postdoctoral Symposium (Jan 26th).

Edoardo helped showcasing eye research to the general public at the NI Science Festival (Feb 17th).

PROF SIR IAN WILMUT VISIT TO QUB BELFAST

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Prof Sir Ian Wilmut received the Barcroft Medal at Queen's University Belfast for his outstanding contribution to Research in Embryology, Stem Cell Biology, and Regenerative Medicine. Prof Wilmut gave a plenary lecture entitled "From Dolly the sheep to treatment of human disease". The Barcroft Medal Lecture was organised by Reinhold, Derek, and Neil.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTINA!