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Latest medical research celebrated at William Harvey Day 2019

William Harvey Day 2019 saw hundreds of attendees gather to celebrate the best of research at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

18 October 2019


William Harvey Day 2019

The annual research day, which took place on Wednesday 16 October, showcased research from staff and students at all stages of their career, and across a variety of disciplines.

Talks covered topics including cancer, genomics, e-cigarettes, immunology, mental health, moral injury, periodontitis and artificial intelligence. The Great Hall and Pathology Museum at Barts also saw attendees learn about early research findings from more than 100 posters.

Using evolution to make new medicines

William Harvey Day 2019 audienceGuest speakers included Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation, who spoke about the genetics of coronary artery disease, Timandra Harkness, broadcaster and writer, discussing the uses and misuses of big data, and Sir Greg Winter, Molecular Biologist and Noble Prize Laureate, on using evolution to make new medicines. 

Awards for research posters went to Abigail Coetzee (discovery science), Dr Hannah Lawson (translational medicine), Nicola Firman (population health) and Dr John Allotey (research impact).

Dr Natalia Reglero-Real and Dr Alexandra Palmer received awards for best photographic image in a poster.

Dr Vicky Bird was awarded winner for best oral presentation.

The day concluded with a procession from the Great Hall to the church of St Bartholomew the Great for the annual St Luke’s Tide Service.

A highly enjoyable day

Professor Steve Thornton, Vice Principal (Health) at Queen Mary University of London, said: “Once again, William Harvey Day has been an incredibly stimulating, immersive and highly enjoyable day. I’m delighted that we were joined by some exceptional guest speakers, all of whom are leaders in their respective fields.William Harvey Day 2019 presentations

“Every year, this event provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase the best of the School’s research in medicine and dentistry, with presentations from outstanding researchers at all stages of their professional careers. Bringing together scientists, clinicians, and medical and dental experts from across the School and the University, William Harvey Day celebrates innovation and provides a forum for inspiring new projects and collaborations.”

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For media information, contact:

Chris Mahony
Faculty Communications Manager (Medicine and Dentistry)
email: c.mahony@qmul.ac.uk