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The William Harvey Research Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry


November 2021

  • Nikayla Patel presented at the Biochemical Pharmacology Lab Meeting.
  • Tripti Kulvekar attended the UK Biobank Scientific Conference.
  • Nikayla Patel was the student focal point and WHRI Representative for the Women in Academia Panel discussion hosted by Graduate Studies at the College of Pharmacy, Qatar University.
  • Greg Funge assisted in writing an abstract and providing data for a presentation at the British Endocrine Society Annual Conference.
  • Serena Bert attended the WHRI Seminar: Monitoring Allosteric Interactions at CXCR4 using NanoBiT-conjugated Nanobodies.
  • Serena Bert attended the CV seminar: Aortic disease in Marfan syndrome is caused by overactivation of sGC-PRKG signaling by NO. 
  • Silvia Fanti attended and presented at the BSI Conference (Edinburgh). 'Defining the adaptive immune response in Autoimmune Myocarditis' (Poster presentation).

October 2021

  • Balraj Sandhar, Tripti Kulvekar, Silvia Fanti, Serena Bert, Nikayla PatelLaura Deelen and Greg Funge attended William Harvey Day.
  • Laura Deelen attended the LSCN Annual Symposium.
  • Tripti Kulvekar attended and gave a poster presentation at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting.
  • Serena Bert attended the CV seminar: Predicting atrial fibrillation recurrence: combining population data and patient-specific biophysical models. 

September 2021

  • Nikayla Patel attended the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for Heart and Vascular Metabolism (ISHR). 
  • Serena Bert attended the WHRI Seminar: Neutrophils as critical influencers of T cell differentiation. 
  • Shireen Mohammad attended the British Pharmacological Society Conference: Pharmacology 2021. Shireen was the winner of the Best Oral Communication Prize.

July 2021

  • Serena Bert attended the CV Seminar: Inflammation in Myocardial Disease - The pathologist perspective.

June 2021

  • Balraj Sandhar, Trupti Kulvekar, Serena Bert, Shireen Mohammad, Silvia Fanti, Nikayla Patel and Laura Deelen attended the WHRI Annual Review. 
  • Shireen Mohammad attended the British Pharmacology Society & ELRIG: Translating Ideas in Therapies Conference and was awarded the Best Poster Prize.
  • Shireen Mohammad attended William Harvey Day. 
  • Trupti Kulvekar attended the NAFLD EASD Conference.

May 2021

  • Serena Bert attended the BHF Accelerator Award Seminar: T cell immune responses in heart inflammation and failure.
  • Hannah Nicholls attended The Alan Turing Institute Omics Seminar.

April 2021

  • Balraj Sandhar, Hannah Nicholls, Shireen Mohammad, Serena Bert, Greg Funge, Silvia Fanti, Nikayla Patel, Laura Deelan (co-organiser) and Stefan Russo (co-organiser and host) attended the BHF Student Conference.
  • Nikayla Patel attended the BSCR Symposium.

March 2021

  • Nikayla Patel attended the Pan-London 3Rs symposium.
  • Serena Bert attended the CV Seminar: Roles of T cells and their consequences for cardiovascular pathology.
  • Serena Bert attended the CV Seminar: Exosomes - A promising therapeutic agent for myocardial infarction.
  • Serena Bert attended the WHRI Seminar: The immune response to conception and pregnancy – physiological significance and evolutionary implications.

February 2021

  • Tripti Kulvekar attended the UK Biobank Conference. 
  • Hannah Nicholls attended The Alan Turing Institute Student Showcase.

January 2021

  • Balraj Sandhar, Shireen Mohammad and Laura Deelen attended the WHRI PhD Symposium.
  • Kaya Olczak attended the Festival of Genomics.
  • Tripti Kulvekar attended the Festival of Genomics.

December 2020

  • Nikayla Patel, Serena Bert and Greg Funge attended the Business of Drug Development Symposium.
  • Shireen Mohammad attended the British Pharmacological Society Conference and was awarded Best Poster Prize for a poster presentation.
  • Shireen Mohammad attended and gave an oral presentation at the 65th London Vascular Biology Forum. Winner of the Late-Breaking Poster Prize.
  • Tripti Kulvekar attended the London Genetics Network.

November 2020

  • Serena Bert attended the CV Seminar: Novel syndecan derived therapeutics for treating neovascular and fibrotic diseases.
  • Silvia Fanti attended the 1st Virtual Multidimensional Cardiovascular Workshop.
  • Silvia Fanti attended the Introducing the Vevo 4 Series Episode 1: Vevo for Liver & NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis) Imaging.
  • Silvia Fanti attended the BSI Conference (Edinburgh).
  • Tripti Kulvekar attended the SEGEG Multi-omics + Big Data Autumn 2020 meeting.

October 2020

  • Greg Funge attended the WHRI CMR Conference/Day.
  • Silvia Fanti attended the High-Dimensional Data Analysis with FCS Express 7 Webinar.
  • Silvia Fanti attended the Introduction to Researcher Careers Webinar/Talk - School of Medicine and Dentistry 

September 2020

  • Silvia Fanti attended the Human Immunogenetics Symposia.

July 2020

  • Kaya Olczak attended IGES 2020.
  • Silvia Fanti attended the 1st year PhD Day: Maximising the Impact of Conferences and Networking.

June 2020

  • Laura Deelen and Silvia Fanti attended the WHRI Annual Review.
  • Kaya Olczak attended the European Society of Human Genetics (online) meeting.
  • Silvia Fanti attended the 1st Queen Mary 3Rs meeting Western blot and Immunofluorescence masterclass.

April 2020

  • Laura Deelen won the William Harvey Research Foundation Lay Communications Prize 2020. Laura successfully engaged the panel of expert judges in her persuasive written submission and final presentation on, “The development of stem cell therapy for heart failure”.  
  • Silvia Fanti attended the ISHR Cardiovascular Seminar Series.

March 2020

  • Laura Deelen attended the ARU Guest Lecture.
  • Laura Deelen attended the London Stem Cell Network Annual Symposium. 

January 2020

  • Laura Deelen, Hannah Nicholls, Shireen Mohammad, Silvia Fanti and Stefan Russo attended the WHRI New Year PhD Symposium.
  • Silvia Fanti attended the WHRI Seminar Series.

December 2019 

  • Stefan Russo co-organised the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Quizmas fundraiser.
  • Laura Deelen attended the London Myology Symposium.
  • Silvia Fanti attended the WHRI Seminar Series.

November 2019

  • Laura Deelen attended the Stem Cell Forum.
  • Laura Deelen attended the BHF Alumni Day.
  • Silvia Fanti attended the WHRI Seminar Series.

October 2019

  • Shireen Mohammad won the Young Investigator Award and a travel grant at the XVIIIth International Congress of the European Shock Society in Chania, Greece (October 9-11, 2019). The top five submissions were shortlisted to be in the final round and were scored on merit in a blinded manner by five international expert judges. Five finalists presented their work in a ten-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session with a panel of five judges on Thursday 10th October 2019. Shireen’s winning talk was titled ‘Does metabolic endotoxemia play a role in the insulin-resistance, steatohepatitis and proteinuria caused by high-fat diet in mice?’. 
  • Laura Deelen, Hannah Nicholls, Greg Funge, Shireen Mohammad, Balraj Sandhar and Kaya Olczak attended William Harvey Day.
  • Kaya Olczak attended the UCL BHF Research Accelerator Launch & Annual UCL Cardiovascular Symposium.
  • Hannah Nicholls attended the IBM/QMUL Women in Technology Conference.

September 2019

  • Stefan Russo co-organised the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Summer BBQ fundraiser. 
  • Laura Deelen attended the Biology Meets Physics Symposium.
  • Kaya Olczak attended the 14th International Workshop on Cardiovascular Biology and Translational Medicine.

July 2019

  • Hannah Nicholls attended New Horizons in Genomics: Cross-cutting themes in Genomics / New Horizons in Genomics, Theme: Emerging concepts in genome regulation (QMUL).

June 2019

  • Kaya Olczak attended the 2nd UCL & Barts Heart Centre Translational Electrophysiology Symposium.
  • Josh Dingham was the first place winner of the British Pharmacological Society Early Career Researcher Writing Competition. Josh's winning article is titled 'Of Fangs and Pharmacology: A Deadly Cure for Heart Disease' and will be published in the August edition of the society magazine, Pharmacology Matters
  • Michael Preedy won the Young Investigator Award at the 9th International Conference on cGMP, 14-16 June 2019, Mainz, Germany. The Young Investigator Award is voted for by the senior academics at the meeting and presented at the annual conference dinner. Awards were given to PhD students or early career researchers (less than six years post PhD) who presented their research at the conference. Michael's winning talk was titled 'Phosphodiesterase 2 inhibition promotes nitric oxide/guanylyl cyclase/cGMP signalling in heart failure’. 
  • Michael Preedy represented the William Harvey Research Institute at the Annual School of Medicine and Dentistry Postgraduate Research Careers Day on Thursday 27 June 2019. Michael was the winner of the best talk prize for his presentation on 'Targeting Cyclic GMP in Heart Failure'.  
  • Eithne Maguire and Michael Preedy were invited to speak at the Stock Exchange Veterans Annual Charity Dinner on Thursday 27 June. They were joined by BHF London Fundraising Manager Jo Howe. This year the Stock Exchange Veterans picked the BHF as their charity of the year. Etty and Michael spoke to approx 200 dinner guests about their research and on the night over £12,000 was raised for the BHF.
  • Michael Preedy was invited to speak at the 9th International Conference on cGMP: Generators, Effectors and Therapeutic Implications in Mainz, Germany. 
  • Hannah Nicholls attended Artificial Intelligence in Society, Kings College London.

May 2019  

  • The BHF 4-year MRes/PhD Programme was well represented at the 2016 Pint of Science FestivalPint of Science is a festival that aims to deliver interesting, fun and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public in the relaxed setting of public houses across the world. Well done to all who participated, including Stefan Russo (Our Body Event Manager), Tom Mitchell, Caroline O'RiordanJack Tyler (Our Society Event Managers), Edoardo Prediletto, Sara CaxariaSara Pagani (Atoms to Galaxies Event Managers), Horeja Njal, Mireya Vazquez and Alice Hamilton (Communication Managers), Samantha Arokiasamy and Giulia De Rossi (QMUL Pint of Science Coordinators).
  • Hannah Nicholls attended the AI in Health Care: Making Algorithms That Work (PhDRUK/Wellcome Trust)

April 2019  

  • BHF 4 Year PhD Student Conference April 2019Well done to all who took part in the BHF 4-Year PhD Student Conference on 11th April 2019 at Imperial College London. Presentations were by Eithne Maguire, ‘Linc1290; a novel player in stem cell differentiation and vascular remodelling’ (10-minute presentation); Madeeha Sheikh, ‘Impact of metabolic overload on the structural integrity of the blood-brain-barrier endothelium’ (3-minute thesis); Lauren Callender – ‘Aberrant T cell metabolism in type 2 diabetes’ (poster); Alice Hamilton – ‘The effect of social isolation on atherosclerotic plaque formation’ (poster); Anitha Nair – ‘Functional role of the PD-1/PDL-1 pathway in T-cell: Endothelial cell interactions’ (poster).
  • Eithne (Etty) Maguire will be taking part in the British Heart Foundation (BHF) charity run to help raise funds in the fight against heart disease. Etty will be joined by Vanessa (Clinical Pharmacology) and Stefan (Microvascular) on 8 May 2019. If you would like to support this great cause by making a donation please visit Stefan, Vanessa and Etty run for the BHF.
  • Hannah Nicholls attended Statistical Trends in Personalised Healthcare (The Alan Turing Institute).

March 2019

  • Josh Dignam represented the British Pharmacological Society at Voice of the Future 2019. Organised by the Royal Society of Biology this event allowed young scientists to question MPs on matters relating to policy in parliament.  
  • Hannah Nicholls attended Careers in Computational Biology (QMUL).

February 2019

  • Michael Preedy gives an Oral Presentation - Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Cardiovascular Disease Young Investigator of the Year Award – London Cardiovascular Society – The Medical Society of London, Lettsom House, London, UK.

January 2019

  •  Kaya Olczak attended the Festival of Genomics.

October 2018

  • Kaya Olczak, Hannah Nicholls and Shireen Mohammad attended William Harvey Day.

September 2018

  • Congratulations to Claire Macdougall who has recently secured a position at Cancer Research UK Therapeutical Innovation.
  • Alice Hamilton presented a poster titled 'Social Isolation Primes the Immune System for Bacterial Infections’ at the 5th European Conference of Immunology.

June 2018

  • Olga Giannakopolou receives a 'Young Investigator Award' nomination for a presentation at the European Society of Human Genetics Conference. 

April 2018

  • Congratulations to Michael Preedy on being awarded the Best Poster prize at the British Heart Foundation Student Conference, Edinburgh 2018. Michael's winning poster was titled 'Inhibition of phosphodiesterase (PDE) 2 reverses the development of experimental heart failure'.
  • Olga Giannakopoulou has been invited to present a poster at the European Society of Human Genetics Conference, June 2018. Olga's poster is titled, Genome-wide association analysis of recurrent myocardial infarction in UK Biobank identifies suggestive evidence for association to twenty-seven loci.
  • Alice Hamilton gave an oral presentation titled 'Modelling the Effect of Social Isolation on the Development of Atherosclerosis in ApoE-/- Mice’ at the BHF Student Conference.  

November 2017

  • Well done to Madeeha Sheikh for winning a travel grant from the Guarantors of Brain and Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Using the grant Madeeha was able to attend the Cerebrovascular Biology (CVB) Conference in Melbourne from 28 November - 1 December 2017 where she also presented a poster titled 'Effect of metabolic overload on the endothelial cytoskeleton of the blood-brain barrier’. 
  • Congratulations to Lorna Gee who won an abstract travel award and an international travel grant from the American Heart Association to fund a trip to the AHA Scientific Sessions conference in Anaheim, California where she presented a poster titled 'Effects of dietary nitrate on blood pressure-dependent and independent cardiac dysfunction' (Poster).
  • Olga Giannakopolou attends the Human Genome in Healthcare Conference hosted by The Genetics Society.   

April 2017

  • Alice Hamilton presented a poster titled 'Modelling the Effect of Social Isolation on Susceptibility to Sepsis: A Murine Model’ at the BHF Student Conference.

September 2016

  • Well done to Olga Giannakopoulou for her contribution to the study just published in Nature Genetics, 'Trans-ancestry meta-analyses identify rare and common variants associated with blood pressure and hypertension'. The study was led by Olga's supervisor, Prof Munroe.  
  • Many congratulations to Mel Hayman for winning the poster prize at EUPLAN.  The prize was given to Mel at the European Platelet Network (EUPLAN) meeting at Bad Homburg for her work entitled, 'Tracking and functional analysis of reticulated platelets'.   
  • Well done to our third intake of students who have passed their MRes degrees with great success and are moving on to their PhD projects. 

September 2015 

  • Well done to our second intake of students who have passed their MRes degrees with great success and are moving on to their PhD projects.

October 2014

  • Applications open for student intake commencing October 2015. Deadline for applications is Friday 12th December.
  • Melissa Hayman with presenter Dr Michael Mosley during BBC4's visit to film the documentary 'Blood'.

September 2014

  • Well done to our first intake of students who have passed their MRes degrees with great success. 5 with distinctions and 1 with merit.

April 2014

  • Students attend BHF student conference in Manchester.

October 2013

  • Our first students commence their MRes studies.

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