The Academic Foundation Programme and NIHR-BRC and BTRU Research Day on 25th July was attended by more than 50 trainees and provided an opportunity for AFP2 trainees and BRC and BTRU trainees to present their research. Prof Andrew McCaskie and Dr Menna Clatworthy started the day with a short welcome and introductory talk. Prof Andrew Bradley, Head of Department of Surgery, and Prof Edwin Chilvers, Director of CATO and Director of the ACF Programme, were invited guests and judges for the event.
Eleven presentations were given during the day by AFP2 trainees and BRC and BTRU trainees and covered a wide range of research projects. The audience also enjoyed an interesting talk from the Key Note Speaker, Prof David Rowitch, Head of Department of Paediatrics, on his work investigating the biology of myelination.
There was a display of twenty two posters on a variety of topics. To close the afternoon Professor Andrew McCaskie and Dr Menna Clatworthy commended everyone on the high quality of their work and presented prizes:
Best presentation – Winner: Miriam Berry – ‘Renal sodium gradient orchestrates a dynamic anti-bacterial defence zone’
Best presentation – Runner up: Tom Hird – ‘Burden of diabetes and first evidence for the utility of HbA1c for diagnosis and detection of diabetes in urban black South Africans: The Durban Diabetes Study’
Best Poster – Winner: James Jones – ‘Initial investigation of the function of FAMIN in mouse dendritic cells’
Best Poster – Runner up: Akimichi Inaba – ‘The role of Siglec-G and innate B cells in acute kidney injury’.