December 2014 | ISSUE 15
LKCMedicine showed strong presence at marquee conference for developmental biology


Some 500 top names in the field of developmental and regenerative medicine from around the world flocked to central London’s Guoman Tower Hotel on 2 November 2014 for the start of the three-day 18th International Conference of the International Society of Differentiation. For the first time, the conference was jointly organised by the International Society of Differentiation and the British Society for Developmental Biology.

The conference, which provided a unique forum to network and socialise with a wide cross-section of the Cell and Developmental Biology community, featured an illustrious line-up of speakers, including a Nobel Laureate and top faculty from LKCMedicine.

Sir John Gurdon, 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, gave the Brachet Memorial Lecture. Sir John’s introduction of Professor Jean Brachet (1909-1988), a pioneer well known for his contribution to the understanding of the role of the ribonucleic acid (RNA) and a pioneer in cell differentiation aptly opened the meeting.

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From left: Director of Research Administration and Support Services (RASS) Dr Andrew Ang, Senior Assistant Manager of RASS Ms Esabelle Yam, Vice-Dean for Research Prof Philip Ingham FRS and Visiting Professor Paul Martin represented LKCMedicine at the conference

Over the following days, both LKCMedicine Vice-Dean for Research Professor Philip Ingham FRS and Visiting Professor Paul Martin took to the stage, presenting their latest work on Hedgehog signalling and inflammation in wound healing and cancer respectively, introducing the School’s research to an international audience of top researchers.

The School’s presence was further boosted by an exhibition booth, which attracted strong interest from researchers and other delegates.