Young Life Scientist Symposium

3 Mar

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The Young Life Scientist Ireland (YSLI) symposium 2014 was held in the Trinity College Biomedical Science Institute last Saturday, 1st of March.

The symposium brought together researchers at postgraduate and postdoctoral level who are working in the areas of improving human health and well-being. It brought together people from all life-science disciplines to give oral or poster presentations on their research or latest findings to give a more interdisciplinary insight into this area. The symposium was divided into parallel oral sessions and workshops, a poster session, and keynote addresses to open and close the day. Oral sessions each encompassed one broad category in health research; Systems Biology, Regenerative Medicine and Neuroscience for example. NeuroLab member Francesca Farina presented her research in the Neuroscience session and did us proud. Morning workshops were more focused on the PhD itself rather than the topic in question; dealing with issues of publishing and the future, post-viva and afternoon workshops were more subject specific and looked at molecular imaging and how technology comes into the realm of life science. The poster session was well attended with posters spread over two rooms, a wide mixture of disciplines and institutions represented, including our fellow NeuroLab member from NUIM, John Kealy. 

The symposium was organised by a committee of students from a number of institutions including TCD, RCSI, NUIM, UCD and LIT and I would like to unequivocally congratulate them on a job well done. The day was well-organised, workshops and sessions were interesting and things ran pretty much on time which is unheard of in the conference world.

Further congratulations to Elizabeth Kehoe from TCD on winning the oral prize in the Neuroscience session; very interesting talk.

If you want to keep an eye on what YLSI are up to you can follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/YoungLifeScientistsIreland?fref=ts or Twitter https://twitter.com/ylsireland

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