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The 2018 DPAG Sherrington Talks took place on Friday 15th June 2018 in the Sherrington Large Lecture Theatre, and were presented by the departments Graduate Students in their 3rd year of DPhil research study.

Congratulations to the three prize winners:

Winner - Hannah Farley

Hannah, who is supervised by Shankar Srinivas and Dominic Norris, gave a presentation entitled: PIERCE1 mediates left-right patterning through ciliary motility

Runners-up - Ellie Price and Caroline Telfer

Supervised by Paul Riley and Joey Vieira, Ellie gave a talk on a role for HIF-mediated signalling in epicardial activation during development and neonatal car-diac regeneration.

Caroline presented on dissecting the upstream regulation of the GATA genes during heart development and is supervised by Paul Riley, Roger Patient, and Filipa Simoes.

Many thanks to all those who took part, as well as to the chairs - Monzi Rahman (King Group), Snapper Magor-Elliot (Robbins Group) & Mala Rohling (Riley Group) - and to the judges - Carolyn Carr, Victoria Bajo Lorenzana, Nicola Smart, James Cantley, Michael Kohl, Jonathan Bard, and Director of Graduate Studies Andrew Parker.            

Prizes were presented by Professor David Paterson, Head of Department, and Blair Robertson, and the beginning of the Departmental Happy Hour, which followed the day's events.       

 

In addition, this year's Paton Prize in the Department of Pharmacology was won jointly by Alexander Von Klemperer, from the Akerman group, and Chris Lindsay, in the Sitsapesan and Russell groups.

The Paton Prize features second year DPhil students who are asked to present their research to members of the Department. This year's prize was judged by Professor Helen Christian (DPAG), Associate Professor Catherine Pears (Department of Biochemistry), and Dr Tommas Ellender.

Chris's presentation was titled: 'Statins activate skeletal RyR1 channels: Design of the next-generation statin drug' while Alex talked about 'Investigating the role of neuronal progenitors on the diversity of layer 2/3 pyramidal cells'.

The following students were also highly commended for their presentations:

  • Carla Da Silva Santos, Platt Group:  Glycosphingolipid dysregulation and lysosomal dysfunction in motor neurone disease
  • Purnima Kumar, Russell Group: Treating acute myeloid leukaemia: overcoming the differentiation block
  • Gokhan Yilmaz, Platt Group: Unexpected link between lysosomes and regulation of cytoskeleton: lessons from Niemann-Pick Disease Type C 

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