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Annual CID Meeting of Minds Symposium 2017

When Nov 24, 2017
from 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Downing College, Cambridge
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Contact Phone 07464-789129
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Annual Meeting of Minds 2017

Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Annually, the University of Cambridge Infectious Diseases Interdisciplinary Research Centre organises a vibrant full-day conference ‘Cambridge Infectious Diseases Annual Meeting of Minds’, with 100 plus attendees and a wide range of topics covered.

We are planning to repeat the event in November each year, and this year the meeting is being held on Friday 24 November at Downing College, Cambridge. 


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. 

This years programme includes a special session on engineering and clinical diagnostics. Confirmed speakers include Prof. John Clarkson - Engineering, Prof, Lisa Hall - Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Dr. Julia Kenyan - Medicine, Dr Yorgo Modis - MRC LMB, Prof Ian Goodfellow - Pathology, Dr Charlotte Houldcroft- Archaelogy and Anthropology, Dr Mark Carrington - Biochemistry, Dr Zamin Iqbal The European Bioinformatics Institute, Dr David Aanensen - Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Chris Hodkinson - VP Business Development, Owlstone Medical Ltd and more.

Call for Abstracts Open - deadline extended to 3 Nov 2017

Topics are flexible and examples of interdisciplinary projects are encouraged. We havea single slot for a speaker on the main programme remaining, but posters are unlimited and we have 5 slots for 4 min talks - designed to highlight your posters on display.  Please submit a poster /flash talk abstract, or main programme paper abstract by 3 Nov 2017. This is an annual event and we try hard to select speakers who have not spoken for some time/before, if you are not successful this year,  then we may contact you for next year's programme!

This year we will be offering an Early Career Researcher Cash Prize of £250 to the best poster submitted by an ECR. Judges to be announced.

Submit poster/flash talk abstract. Closes 3 Nov

Register on Eventbrite. Closes  Friday 10 November 2017

Link to Poster - please print out and pin up in your department

Registration (free) Closes Friday 10 November 2017

When you register, please select a 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 also select a Drinks Reception ticket.

Registration is free for both entrance and drinks for everyone, this includes lunch and coffee breaks. However each year our costs are escalating. 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 rearchers have to this beneficial meeting. A Registration payment site will be set up via the University and will be linkable to from here shortly when it is live, it will also be emailed to you - we are leaving it  to you to decide whether to follow the link and support the work of CID if you can. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

We look forward to hosting you!

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Registration and Coffee




Professor James Wood, Co-Chair of CID

Session 1:  Molecular biology of infectious diseases



Structure, Mechanism and Evolution of Class II Viral Membrane Fusion Proteins

Dr. Yorgo Modis, MRC LMB     (confirmed)


New drug targets in the SHAPE of HIV-1 RNA

Dr Julia Kenyon, Department of Medicine, Lever Group  (confirmed)


Rapid evolution of cell surface receptors in African trypanosomes

Dr. Mark Carrington , Department of Biochemistry    (confirmed)


Tea & Coffee & Networking - 40 mins


Session 2:  Engineering innovations for clinical diagnostics

Chair : Prof John Clarkson, department of Engineering


Engineering Better care

Prof John Clarkson, Department of Engineering    (confirmed)


Nucleic acid tests with purchasing price parity: pipe dream or possibility.

Prof. Lisa Hall,   Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology   (confirmed)


Acoustic Resonator Sensors for Medical Applications

Prof. Andrew  Flewitt, Department of Electrical Engineering   (confirmed)


Breath Biopsy, chemicals on breath as biomarkers of disease

Chris Hodkinson - VP Business Development, Owlstone Medical Ltd (confirmed)


LUNCH- 60 mins


Session 3:   Microbial genomics and antimicrobial resistance



Living off the fat of the land - targeting fatty acid metabolism in the opportunistic human pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Dr. Martin Welch, Biochemistry (confirmed)


How to build a Google for bacterial genomes.

Dr. Zamin Iqbal, The European Biofinormatics EBI     (confirmed)


Global Genomics Surveillance of AMR

Dr. David Aanensen, WTSI (confirmed)


Flash Talks 5 x 4 mins

Open call


Tea & Coffee- 40 mins

Poster session

Session 4:   Disease transmission and response in urban and rural environments   



The hominin STD clinic: the ancient origins of HSV2

Dr. Charlotte Houldcroft, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology (confirmed)


Pathogen Spilover at the core-matrix interface

Dr Hamish McCallum, Environmental Futures Research Institute, Griffith University, Australia. (confimed)


The trials and tribulations of using field deployable genomics during epidemic response

Dr. Ian Goodfellow, Department of Pathology (confirmed)


Closing Speech

Lydia Drumright, Co-Chair Cambridge Infectious Diseases


Drinks & Canapés Reception


Friday 24 November 2017, Downing College, Cambridge



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