Postgraduate Research Symposium 2020

Tuesday, 04 February 2020

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The 2020 research symposium boasted another year of fantastic research conducted within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. On Friday the 17th of January, postgraduate students from departments across the faculty including Biological and Medical Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery, Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work and Psychology, Health and Professional Development presented their work at the annual research student symposium. The day was packed with over 13 talks and 22 posters, enthusiastically presented by PhD and MRes students.

Article written by HLS Phd Students, Lidiya Nedevska and Elise Padbury

The 2020 research symposium boasted another year of fantastic research conducted within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University. On Friday the 17th of January, postgraduate students from departments across the faculty including Biological and Medical Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery, Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work and Psychology, Health and Professional Development presented their work at the annual research student symposium. The day was packed with over 13 talks and 22 posters, enthusiastically presented by PhD and MRes students. Posts about the symposium are on social media Twitter: (@hls_research)Instagram:(@obufhls_research)

Programme can be downloaded here

Poster sessions interjected throughout the day allowed early-stage postgraduate researchers their first opportunity to present their work in an intimate and relaxed setting and receive feedback from colleagues. The sessions were bursting with researchers communicating their science, as well as engaging with our variety of sponsors who continue to support the symposium year on year about exciting products which can enhance their research. These opportunities for networking foster the collaborative and tight-knit community that we pride ourselves on here at Oxford Brookes.

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Dr Jordi Solana – group leader in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences – was handed the difficult task of judging the best presentation: ‘All the talks were excellent, very well-rehearsed, and accessible to all researchers. It was very tough to reach a decision’.

Fourth year Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) student Elizabeth Dellar who presented her work on the effects of oxidative stress on extracellular vesicle function and cargo loading:

It was great to be able to present my work in such a friendly and supportive environment, coming away with some new ideas, as well as being excellent preparation for other presentations later this year’.

Third year DTP student Shamma Rattan Booth shared these sentiments:

The symposium was a very positive environment to communicate my project to a wider audience. Not only can you engage with fellow researchers, it gives you a platform to develop your project through collaborations and expert advice from researchers in other fields. Presenting my work allowed me to engage confidently and network, two valuable skills I am always looking to enhance’.

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Prizes:

Best Oral Presentation in Biological and Medical Sciences:

1st: Sofia D’Abrantes

2nd: Elizabeth Dellar

Best Oral Presentation in Human Health and Lifestyle:

1st: Erin Hannink

2nd: Teresa Joyce

MSc by Research Poster Prize:

Alistair McGinness

Professor Chris Hawes prize for best use of advanced microscopy:

Stefan Wojcik

Best Poster in Biological and Medical Sciences:

1st: Anastasia Arvaniti

2nd: Shamma Rattan Booth

Best Poster in Health and Lifestyle:

1st: Samuel Bond

2nd: Neesha Oozageer Gunowa

During the Symposium three of our PhD students (Samuel Connelly, Lidiya Nedevska and Elise Padbury) posted from social media about the event. You can search for their posts using #HLSPGS20 and stay updated with the world-class Health and Life Sciences research conducted at Oxford Brookes by following us on our social media platforms:

Twitter: (@hls_research)Instagram:(@obufhls_research)

We look forward to welcoming you to the Postgraduate Research Symposium in January 2021 For further information contact hlsengage@brookes.ac.uk


Thank you also to our many sponsors who networked with our PhD students during the day and for their generosity in sponsoring tasty catering and students' prizes!

Alpha Laboratories Limited

Appleton Woods Ltd

Beckman Coulter

Camlab Limited

European Instruments

Fisher Scientific Ltd

New England Biolabs

Oxford Expression Technologies

PCR Biosystems Ltd

Qiagen

Randox

Sarstedt Ltd

SciQuip Ltd

Starlabs

Triple Red Limited/Avidity Science

VWR International