LSTM’s 2015 PGR Student Conference took place last week at the Liner Hotel in Liverpool. Chaired by Professor Martin Donnelly the full day event saw oral and poster presentation from post-graduate research students currently studying on-site at LSTM (plus several video presentations from students in the field) as they took advantage of the opportunity to share their work so far with their peers, their supervisors and other research staff.
In total there were 18 oral presentations from those in the final stages of their PhDs and 26 poster presentations from students in their first and second years. The presentations happened throughout the day with students giving oral presentations allotted 15 minutes each and those presenting posters each given one minute to talk about their research to date, with their posters on display at the back of the conference hall throughout.
At the end of the day all those in attendance, students and staff alike, were given the opportunity to vote on a winning oral presentation and poster presentation from each of LSTM’s deaneries, Biological Sciences and Clinical Sciences & International Public Health.
One of the prize winning oral presentations was from Jessica Owugha from Clinical Sciences and was titled New Protein Vaccine against Pneumococcal Pneumonia: Investigating Humoral and Cellular Responses to Pneumococcal Surface Protein ‘A’ Using Experimental Human Pneumococcal Carriage. The second was Glauber Lima’s presentation from Vector Biology titled: Biochemical and Physiological Characterization of Tsetse Fly (Glossina Morsitans Morsitans) Heme Oxygenase.
The prizes for poster presentations were awarded to Victoria Austin from Parasitology for her poster titled: Glycimmunology of Old World Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, and to Tom Fletcher from Clinical Sciences for a poster titled: Pathogenesis of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) – interaction of immune response vial load and clinical course.
The day was organised by Richard Madden from the education team, who said: “The PGR Student Conference was a great success, it is always fantastic for our postgraduate research community to come together for a showcase of all of the hard work that students have devoted to their research and to share in the experience with their peers.”