29th Annual BRAIN & BRAIN PET Meeting

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The 29th annual BRAIN & BRAIN PET meeting was held in Yokohama, Japan (4-7th July) and Dr Lorraine Work and 2 PhD students from her group, Ms Aisling McFall (BHF 4 year funded student) and Ms Tuuli Hietamies (Cunningham Trust funded student) travelled over. There were over 1000 delegates at the meeting, making it one of the largest to date.

The presidential lecture was delivered by Professor David Atwell, London showcasing his seminal work on pericyte and their role in cerebral blood flow regulation and in conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Over the 3-day meeting there were 12 invited symposia, 129 oral presentations and over 700 poster presentations so everyone was kept busy!

Tuuli’s abstract was selected as an oral presentation and she was awarded one of only 120 travel awards to support her travel to the meeting. And Aisling’s moderated poster was very well received with lots of interest. Aisling and Tuuli are grateful to the MVLS Graduate School and MVLS Dr Helen Stewart Bursary (as well as the Physiological Society, Biochemical Society and Guarantors of Brain) for conference support to allow them this unique opportunity.

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The next BRAIN & BRAIN PET meeting is in 2021 and will be held in Glasgow. The local organising committee will be co-chaired by Dr Lorraine Work with others from SCMH also playing a key role in this (Professor Jesse Dawson, Dr Josie Fullerton and Dr Alyson Miller). We are already excited about bringing this meeting to Glasgow and are sure it will be one to remember!

First published: 26 July 2019