Cambridge Infectious Diseases Annual Meeting of Minds Symposium 2019

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A vibrant one day showcase of infectious diseases research across Cambridge.

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Annual Meeting of Minds Symposium 2019

Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Annually, the University of Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre organises a vibrant full-day symposium ‘Cambridge Infectious Diseases Annual Meeting of Minds’, with 120 plus attendees and a wide range of topics covered. This year the meeting is being held on Friday 22 November 2019 at Cripps Court, Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3AD.

Cripps Court is an award-winning conference centre situated at Magdalene College. It boasts an auditorium for 142 people, a striking oak beamed Gallery for informal dining, five attractive seminar rooms and a large foyer with exhibition space - all fully accessible.


Each year our speakers and Chairs represent the breadth of research being undertaken on infectious diseases across all six schools of the University. Our aim is to provide a platform for researchers from any field interested in infectious diseases to meet, share knowledge, and identify new opportunities to undertake collaborative research.

We are putting together a wide-ranging programme for the day, highlighting areas where working closer together can make an impact in human and animal health. This meeting provides a broad outlook and challenges and inspires us to be better than the sum of our parts. Please join us!

This year confirmed speakers include:

Professor Ken Smith and Professor Ravi Gupta from CITIID, Department of Medicine, Dr Stephen Graham, Department of Pathology, Dr Anthony Coyne, Department of Chemistry, Dr Katerina Artavanis-Tsakonas , Department of Pathology, Dr Sander van der Linden, Department of Psychology, Professor Julian Rayner, CIMR, Dr Nicola Moloney , Department of Biochemistry, and more. A draft programme is posted below.


Registration is now open and closes on Thursday 14 November 2019.

This is a local meeting and registration is not open to the general public, only to members of the University of Cambridge, members of affiliated institutions in the Cambridge area, and members of industry/companies based in the Cambridge area with a focus on infectious diseases/tech.

> When you register, please select a Full Day Entrance ticket (this includes lunch/coffee).

> If you would also like to stay for a drinks reception to network after the meeting 5pm-6pm - please ADD ON this option when registering.

Registration is free for both entrance and drinks for everyone, this includes lunch and coffee breaks. Food provided will mainly be vegetarian with some meat options. If you have any specific restrictions/severe allergies - please let us know when registering. Please do let us know if you plan to stay only a half day and not each lunch. If you are an industry partner or PI with grant funds available, we encourage you to pay an optional registration fee. Your contribution will enable more events to be planned throughout the year and support the free access early career researchers have to this beneficial meeting. A Registration payment site will be set up via the University and a link will will be emailed to you - we are leaving it to you to decide whether to follow the link and support the work of Cambridge Infectious Diseases.

Abstracts Call - Open

A call for Early career Flask Talks, Poster Abstracts and a Blog competition is now open and closes on Fri 18 October 2019 .

Flash Talks: Open to Early Career Researchers. Would you like to present at this year's meeting ? Topics are flexible and examples of interdisciplinary projects or transferable techniques are encouraged. We encourage Early Carer Researchers (including graduate students) to submit abstracts to give a short 4 min talk describing your latest research findings/work. An award will be given to the best talk. We have 5 slots for 4 min talks. A £50 award will be presented to the best flash talk.

Research Posters: Open to all. Please consider recycling a poster that is recent, or submitting an abstract ad printing a new poster. We have multiple boards to display posters during breaks. This is a great way to start a new conversation and discuss your work with people attending the meeting. A £50 award will be presented to the best research poster submitted by an Early Career Researcher.

Early Career Researcher Blog: Open to Early Career Researchers. This year we are encouraging early career members to submit a short written blog article about any aspect of their research work or working life, with one single .jpg picture as illustration. A £50 award will be presented to the best blog. Select blogs will be added to the CID web site.

Please submit abstracts /blogs directly to by Fri 18 Oct .

DRAFT Programme Timings

DRAFT Timings - subject to change- more information to be added shortly

8.15 Registration and Coffee Please aim to be seated for 9 am9.05 Introduction Professor James Wood, Co-Chair of CID

Session 1: Infection and Immunity. Chair: Professor Lalita Ramakrishnan, Department of Medicine9.10 How herpes modifies the surface of infected cells. Dr Stephen Graham, Department of Pathology9.30 Antibody interactions with rotavirus/Molecular or clinical angle. Dr Sarah Caddy, Department of Medicine9.50 Cohort-based whole genome sequencing in Primary Immune Deficiency: a trip into genomic space. Professor Ken Smith, Department of Medicine 10.10 London Patient – a new cure for HIV. Professor Ravi Gupta, Department of Medicine

10.30 Tea & Coffee & Networking - 40 mins

Session 2: AMR exchange between animals and humans. Chair: TBD 11.10 AMR exchange between humans and animals: What do we actually know, and how can we find out more?" Professor Julian Parkhill, Department of Veterinary Medicine

11.30 CARRIAGE study: understanding nasal carriage by Staphylococcus aureus. Dr Ewan Harrison, Wellcome Sanger Institute 11.50 Bacterial high-content imaging to evaluate the mode-of-action and efficacy of antimicrobials and therapeutic antibodies Dr Josefin Bartholdson Scott, Department of Medicine12.10 Draft Fragment-based discovery of antibacterials. Dr Anthony Coyne, Department of Chemistry

12.30 LUNCH- 60 mins

Session 3: Outbreaks, vaccines and misinformation Chair: Lydia Drumright, Department of Veterinary Medicine1.30 The history of mass vaccination in modern China. Dr Mary Augusta Brazelton, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. (To be confirmed)1.50 A psychological vaccine against misinformation. Dr Sander van der Linden, Department of Psychology2.10 Inefficient responses to unlikely outbreaks: hypothesis building in newly-emerging infectious disease outbreaks. Dr Freya Jephcott, Department of Veterinary Medicine

2.30 Flash Talks 5 x 4 mins Open call

3.00 Tea & Coffee- 40 mins Poster session

Session 4: Parasitic Diseases in Africa Chair: Dr Paula MacGregor, Department of Biochemistry3.40 Control of ubiquitination in malaria parasites. Dr Katerina Artavanis-Tsakonas, Department of Pathology. 4.00 New approaches to understanding the invasion of red blood cells by Plasmodium falciparum parasites. Professor Julian Rayner, CIMR4.20 Functionally mapping the diversification of African trypanosomes using spatial proteomics. Dr Nicola Moloney, Department of Biochemistry

4.40 Closing Speech Lydia Drumright, Co-Chair Cambridge Infectious Diseases5.00 Drinks & Canapés Reception Grace Howard Room

We look forward to hosting you!

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