Conference Programme & Events

Programme & Events

Programme & Events

Conference Venue & Programme

Young Life Scientists' Symposium 2013

Venue:                Western Gateway Building Room 107 and Atrium for poster display, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland



Delegates arrive,   time to put posters up


Welcome note by Dr Eoin Fleming, secretary of the   Irish Area Section of the Biochemical Society (IASBS)


Introduction to the   day by Prof Anita Maguire, Vice   president for Research & Innovation, University College Cork.


SESSION 1: Cell signalling across brain and gut

Chaired by: Harriët Schellekens and Rachel Moloney


Key note talk 1 –   Prof   Timothy G Dinan, Department of Psychiatry, University College Cork.

“Gut microbiota on   brain and behaviour”


Selected speaker 1   - Gerard Moloney, UCC

“Stimulation of   T-cells in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) mucosal biopsy tissue releases   cytokines which selectively activate mucosal neurons”


Selected speaker 2   – Yuliya Borre, UCC

“The Olfactory   Bulbectomy in Rats: Towards a Model for Brain Axis Dysfunction”


Speaker Microbiota – Prof Catherine Stanton, Teagasc Food Research Centre,   Moorepark, Fermoy, Co.Cork.

“MICROBIOTA-Probiotics   targeting obesity and metabolic health”  


Coffee Break


SESSION 2: Cell signalling in diseases of protein   misfolding

Chaired by: Louise Aileen Foley  and Caitríona Long-Smith


Key note talk 2– Prof   David Ron, Institute of Metabolic Science, University of   Cambridge, UK.

“Protein Folding   Homeostasis in the Endoplasmic Reticulum”


Selected speaker 3   – Vishal Agrawal, UCC

“A central role for   Presenilin2 in determining lipopolysaccharide-induced TLR4 innate immune   responsiveness”


Selected speaker 4   – Michelle Naughton, NUIG

Increased Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress   Signalling in White Matter Development in the Rat Cerebellum”


Selected speaker 5   – Selina Lam, UCC

Increased “Steady   state expression of the human ubiquitin conjugating enzyme Ubc6 (UBE2J2) is   regulated by JNK and P38 MAP kinase signalling pathways”


Lunch and poster viewing


SESSION 3: Cell signalling in neurodegeneration

Chaired by: Caitríona Long-Smith and Ciara O’Flanagan


Key note talk 3   – Prof   Marina Lynch, Department of Physiology, Trinity College Dublin, Co.   Dublin.  “Neuroglia, Neuroinflammation   and Neurodegeneration.”

The Irish Area Section of the   Biochemical Society (IASBS) Medal Lecture. Medalwill be awarded by Dr Gary Jones, Chair of the Irish   Area Section of the Biochemical Society (IASBS), National University of   Ireland, Maynooth.


Selected speaker 6   – Shane Hegarty, UCC

BMP2   and GDF5 induce neuronal differentiationthrough a SMAD dependant pathway in a   model of human midbrain dopaminergic neurons”


Selected speaker 7   – Barry McGuinness, TCD

“Systemic administration of   IL-6 induces time dpendent IL-6 related signalling in the brain”


SESSION 4: Cell signalling in cancer

Chaired by: Ciara O’Flanagan  and Louise Aileen Foley 


Key note talk 4– Prof.   Antoine Karnoub, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical   School, Boston, MA, USA. “Tumor-associated mesenchymal stem cells   and cancer malignancy “

PhD Scholars’ Programme in Cancer Biology sponsored lecture


Selected speaker 8   – Grace O’Callaghan, UCC/Harvard Medical School

“The EP1 Receptor – a new   therapeutic target in the fight against colon cancer?”


Selected speaker 9 – Abrar Ahmed,   UCC/University of Glasgow

“PML-RARα inhibits PML –   dependent NF-κB phosphorylation and transcriptional activity”


Selected speaker 10   – David Croucher, UCD

“Modelling of JNK network   dynamics as a novel prognostic biomarker in Neuroblastoma”


Coffee Break


SESSION 5: Career talks

Chaired by: Harriët Schellekens and Caitríona Long-Smith


Siobhan Cusack, Research officer at University College Cork

“Grant Writing/   Research in Academia”


Dr. Deirdre Buckley, Bioprocess Chemist, Eli Lilly

“Life Scientist   Career in the Biotech Industry”


Prize awarding and   closing remarks


Social event: Fingerfood in the Franciscan Well & Brewery

“Networking &   Local Beer Tasting”


Socialising and Networking Events

 Franciscan Well

Our social event is a night in the Franciscan Brewery with Fingerfood (€ 7.50 pp payable on the day).  A Unique Cork experience for the finest selection of beer, lager and stout in Cork!

University College Cork

Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh

College Road, Cork T12 K8AF