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2019 Oxford-MRC DTP Symposium took place on 27th June 2019 in the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (John Radcliffe Hospital site)70 attendees and the following sponsors took part in the event:

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 Students seated on red chairs

In the morning six students gave engaging presentations showcasing their research:

Session 1 Session 2

Barnabas Williams (NDM)

Male student giving a presentation

Mary Kempnich (EP)

Woman giving a presentation

Rosie Little (DPAG)

Female student giving a presentation

Nidi Tapoulal (DPAG)

Female student giving a presentation

Giulia Pilla (Pathology)

Female student giving a presentation

Imran Yusuf (NDCN)

Male student giving a presentation

Imran Yusuf was announced the Winner of the Oxford-MRC DTP Symposium Student Talk Competition with Giulia Pilla as the Runner-up.

Student talks were followed by the thank you address to Professor Marella de Bruijn who recently stepped down from her role of the Oxford-MRC DTP Director. Her last Director's duty was to introduce Professor Gil McVean who delivered the Symposium's Keynote Speech entitled "Using Genomics to Understand the Human Wiring Diagram".

A female winner receiving a bunch of flowers

Professor speaking

During lunch break attendees participated in two 30-minute poster sessions during which fourteen students took part in the Poster Competition.

People watching and discussing in front of posters Two female researchers and one male in front of a poster
Four women researchers in front of their posters Two male and a woman in front of a poster

One female student explaining her poster to two male students

Two students one female and one male in front of a poster

The poster presented by Letitia Harris (Oncology) won the top prize awarded by the judges, while Romain Guyon (NDM) was the author of the poster that received the highest number of votes from students.


Afternoon sessions featured:

- presentations by Alumni who were MRC-funded during their study at Oxford: Amy Varney, Bo Jing and Cecilia Chui

- "Introduction to Intellectual Property" - a talk by Sarah Jones from Oxford University Innovation; and

- Discussion Panel entitled "Bioentrepreneurship for DPhil Students" during which attendees discussed the topic with representatives from Oxford University Innovation, SBS Entreprenership Centre and Enterprising Oxford.

Three women and a men seated. One of the women is speaking

The Symposium closed with the networking session during the drinks & nibbles reception.


For details of topics presented at the event please consult the Symposium Brochure.


Attendees comments about the event:

"It was nice to see what other MRC funded students work on and to mingle. I also really enjoyed alumni talks and the bioentrepreneurship panel discussion."

"I really liked afternoon sessions on developing spin out companies, panel and IP. Very useful and inspiring."

"The variety of topics presented throughout the talks and poster sessions. A very engaging and informative atmosphere and encouragement of questions and feedback."

"I thought it was great that there was a mixture of students, postdocs and PIs!"


Thank you to the Student Organising Committee:

Laura Colling (Oncology)

Ryan Hole (NDM)

Magda Mareckova (NDWRH)

Helena Meyer-Berg (RDM)

Joost van Haasteren (RDM)

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