News, Events and Updates

GW4-CAT Fellow performing neurosurgery on jelly brains at Cardiff Brain Games!

Read about our Cohort III Fellow neurosurgeon Dmitri Shastin participating in a public engagement event at Brain Games 2019.  The pink jelly brains are worth a view!

Dmitri Brain Games 2019 (1)

Wellcome Trust funded GW4-CAT Fellow wins Prize for Best Poster at University of Exeter Annual Research Event.

Dr Claire Salter receiving her award from Professor Angela Shore

Congratulations to Dr Claire Salter whose poster was entitled ‘Further delineating the phenotype associated with biallelic pathogenic variants in TPP2’. The work describes an Amish family with two children affected by a severe syndromic immunodeficiency. Claire and her co-authors performed genome-wide SNP mapping, whole exome sequencing and co-segregation studies, which identified a homozygous intragenic deletion in the TPP2 gene as the likely cause of the disorder. The poster summarised this work and reviewed the literature on TPP2, delineating genotype-phenotype correlations and potential mechanisms of disease.

The ARE, or ‘Annual Research Event’ is a conference put on by the University of Exeter Medical School, where all PhD students present some of their work (1st years poster, 2nd and 3rd years oral). It is attended by all PhD students, and a significant number of the senior lecturers and supervisors in the medical school.

July 2019.

Success at an International Meeting for GW4-CAT Fellow

Dr Jude Harrison, who is in the second year of her GW4-CAT Fellowship at Cardiff University recently attended the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Early Career Neuroscientist Workshop in Nice, where she gave an oral presentation. We are delighted that Jude won one of the prizes for her presentation and the prize is to present at the ‘New Findings’ symposium at the ECNP Congress in Copenhagen in September 2019 where registration for the congress and 500 euros for travel are included.  In addition, Jude recently applied for and was successfully appointed to the ECNP early career advisory position.  Well done Jude.

April 2019

GW4-CAT Fellow Poster Prize at Clinical Academics in Training Annual Conference (CATAC)

Several of our GW4-CAT fellows attended the Academy of Medical Sciences CATAC 2018, held for the first time in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. This large annual meeting of medical, dental and veterinary clinical academics included inspirational talks from national leaders in their fields including Dr Katherine Sleeman, a NIHR Clinical Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Kings College London, and Prof Ed Bullmore, a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. They gave honest accounts of the career ups and downs of a clinical academic, and invaluable advice on remaining true to yourself, maintaining work-life balance and how to ultimately succeed as an independent researcher. There were interesting podium presentations covering a diverse range of academic disciplines including obesity, leukaemia, cardiovascular disease, acute head injury, depression and twin perinatal mortality.

The day provided excellent opportunities for GW4-CAT fellows to present work and network with peers and senior researchers from across the UK. Jude Harrison, was selected to give a platform presentation of her work to-date in the pre-doctoral category. Here, she drew important links between structural changes on brain imaging and Alzheimer’s disease pathway-specific polygenic risk scores. Grace Edmunds,  James Fasham (pictured) and Claire Salter were selected to present posters of their recent research, the latter being awarded first prize in the ‘Cellular and Molecular Biology; Genetics’ category.

The GW4-CAT fellows left the meeting with broadened horizons and renewed enthusiasm for collaborative research and future careers in clinical academia. This unique meeting was highly enjoyable, productive and inspiring for all, and I’m sure a repeat trip will be on the cards for 2019 with even more fascinating presentations from our GW4-CAT team!

  • Claire Salter and James Fasham, Clinical Geneticists, Exeter University.  Claire has started the first year of her PhD and James is currently developing his PhD application ready for an August 2019 start.

If you are thinking about an academic career in the next year or two, but can’t decide where to apply, have a read of our latest blog which highlights some of the advantages of the Wellcome Trust funded GW4-CAT programme:

Blog why GW4-CAT

  • We are pleased to report that we have offered six places on the Programme for a Summer 2019 start.  The successful applicants are exceptional with plenty of talent and enthusiasm to bring to the GW4 CAT programme.  Further details of our Cohort III Fellows will be released later in the Summer.

The Call for Applications for a Summer 2020 start is now CLOSED. Future deadlines will be released in due course and the call for a Summer 2021 start is likely to be live from early-February 2020 with a 6-8 week window for applications.

Meet two of our Fellows at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences at University of Bristol; Mike is a medic and started his PhD in August 2017.  Emily, a vet, is developing her PhD outline to start in August 2018.

Our 2018/19 Cohort of GW4-CAT Fellows participated in their Introductory Week at the Universities of Cardiff, Exeter and Bristol.  This week gave them the opportunity to consider a Primary Supervisor, a supervisory team and they are now considering ideas to build an innovative, interesting and engaging PhD outline during the next few weeks.  Great Feedback was received:

“A Very well-planned week.

Good to start with relaxed meal to meet other fellows and GW4CAT team.

Useful to meet last year’s cohort of fellows too.

Good mix of meeting supervisors and touring facilities.

Everyone was so friendly and welcoming throughout”.

To meet our 2018/19 Fellows, please visit our Fellows page.

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