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Cambridge Infectious Diseases Annual Meeting of Minds Symposium 2019

Cambridge Infectious Diseases Annual Meeting
When Nov 22, 2019
from 08:45 AM to 05:00 PM
Where CB4 3AD
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Annual Meeting of Minds Symposium 2019

Friday 22 November 2019

Cripps Court, Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3AD

Cambridge Infectious Diseases holds an annual interdisciplinary symposium showcasing exciting infectious diseases research from across the University and affiliated institutes. This event is an excellent opportunity to network with established and early career infectious disease researchers from different disciplines, departments and schools, as well as hearing highlights of the excellent research undertaken locally at centres, institutes, and businesses in the Cambridge area. 

Members of the CID IRC and other interested Cambridge researchers and industry partners are invited to attend a day of multi-disciplinary talks and interactive sessions to:

  • Hear about Cambridge’s strengths across infectious diseases
  • Gain new perspectives and ideas to advance their research
  • Engage with our major interdisciplinary themes and discuss project ideas
  • Network with colleagues and find new collaborators

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be held at Cripps Court (Magdalene College) on Friday 22 November 2019.

Cripps Court
1-3 Chesterton Road

Cripps Court is an award-winning modern conference centre situated nearby and belonging to 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!

Registration - OPEN

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


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 directly to  by  Fri 18 Oct.


8.15       Registration and Coffee Please aim to be seated for 9 am

9.05       Introduction      Professor James Wood, Co-Chair of CID

Session 1:  Infection and Immunity.  Chair: Professor Lalita Ramakrishnan, Department of Medicine

9.10       How herpes modifies the surface of infected cells. Dr Stephen Graham, Department of Pathology

9.30       Rotavirus vaccination and intracellular antibodies. Dr Sarah Caddy, Department of Medicine

9.50       Cohort-based whole genome sequencing in Primary Immune Deficiency: a trip into genomic space. Professor Ken Smith, Department of Medicine

10.10    The London Patient – The London Patient –   the world’s second HIV cure. Professor Ravi Gupta, Department of Medicine

10.30    Tea & Coffee & Networking - 40 mins    

Session 2:   AMR exchange between animals and humans. Chair: Dr Daniela De Angelis, MRC Biostatistics Unit 

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 Medicine

12.10    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 Medicine

1.30       The history of mass vaccination in modern China. Dr Mary Augusta Brazelton, Department of History and Philosophy of Science. 

1.50       A psychological vaccine against misinformation. Dr Sander van der Linden, Department of Psychology

2.10       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 Biochemistry

3.40       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, CIMR

4.20       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 Diseases

5.00       Drinks & Canapés Reception       Grace Howard Room


We look forward to hosting you!

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