MORE than 200 scientists attended the Victoria Gallery and Museum for the second Infection and Global Health Day.
The event, hosted by the Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH), featured a programme of talks and lectures, delivering all the latest research from the Institute’s postgraduate and postdoctoral students working in the fields of clinical infection, microbiology and immunology, as well as epidemiology and population health, and infection biology.
Professor Tom Solomon, Director of IGH, said: “The day went very well and was even better than last time. We had a number of external people coming from the Health Protection Agency, the NHS, and the School of Tropical Medicine, as well as from across the University. It was bigger and more external facing and we are really building a hub for infection research.”
Broken up into four sessions, the presentations covered a broad range of subjects from efforts to eradicate bovine TB, to the latest developments in food safety, and the landscape of influenza immunity in Southern China, among many others.
Professor Solomon said: “Seeing the quality of the science being carried out by our students is phenomenal and a real highlight. It also provides a great opportunity for developing collaboration between people from different departments and working in different research areas.”
Following the day’s talks, Prof Solomon delivered an overview of progress over the last 12 months and distributed IGH’s new Annual Review publication.
Dr Nick Evans then launched the new IGH Alumni Association before Chairman of the Health Protection Agency, Professor David Heymann delivered the Tony Hart Memorial Lecture.
The event was concluded with the presentation of awards. Young Investigator of the Year was picked up by Corrado Minetti, Rachel Floyd was named Post-Doctoral Researcher of the Year, IGH Researcher of the Year was scooped by Professor Sarah O’Brien and Helen Nelson was recognised as Professional Services Person of the Year.