UCL ARUK Network Scientific Meeting

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Come along to the UCL ARUK Network Scientific meeting, a one-day event that will allow all ARUK Network members from across different departments at UCL to showcase their research, find out plans for the future and network together to form new collaborations. There will be opportunities for early career researchers to present in the form of flash presentations and posters. If you would like to submit an abstract for consideration, please email your abstract to by Friday 2nd August 2019. Please state whether you would like it to be considered for a short oral presentation or poster only.


9.00-9.30 Coffee and Registration

9.30-9.45 Welcome and Introduction

9.45-10.00 Introductions from Alzheimer’s Research UK

10.00-10.15 Trials in Alzheimer's disease - learning from the past to build the future

Dr Catherine Mummery - Dementia Research Centre

10.15-10.30 White matter lesions: a core feature of Alzheimer’s disease

Dr Josephine Barnes - Dementia Research Centre

10.30-10.45 Tau-mediated neural circuit impairment in Alzheimer’s disease

Dr Marc Busche - Dementia Research Institute

10.45-11.00 Stabilisation of gamma secretase as a new therapeutic modality for Alzheimer’s disease

Dr Amy Monaghan - Drug Discovery Institute

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break and Poster presentations

11.30-12.00 Capillary pericytes contribute to Alzheimer's disease onset

Professor David Attwell - Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

12.00-12.15 Imaging of the dementias - what do tau PET tracers really show

Dr Kerstin Sander - Department of Chemistry

12.15-12.30 Myelinating glia in learning and memory

Professor William Richardson - Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research

12.30-12.45 More than Bystanders in Alzheimer’s disease - Learning What Microglia Do

Dr Soyon Hong - Dementia Research Institute

12.45-13.00 From gene to screen: PLC gamma2 as a neuro-inflammation therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease

Mrs Kathryn Costelloe - Drug Discovery Institute

13:00-14:00 Lunch Poster presentations

14.00-15.00 Plenary Lecture: Pathogenic mechanisms in the tauopathies

Professor Karen Duff - Dementia Research Institute

15.00-15.30 Exploring the prevalence, causes and consequences of Alzheimer and cerebrovascular pathology in the 1946 birth cohort

Professor Jon Schott - Dementia Research Centre

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break and Poster presentations

16.00-17.00 Science Slam presentations (see details below)

17:00 Wine Reception

As part of the UCL ARUK network Scientific meeting this year we will be doing something a little different than the normal flash presentations. We would instead like to invite you all to perform a science slam instead. There will be a prize for the winner and the top 3 performances will be put through to a final between us and Kings College for the chance to win overall.

What is a Science Slam: A science slam is a competition where you have to do a performance (any kind of presentation), that is related to science. The goal is NOT to present scientific data, BUT to talk about a science-related topic as entertaining as possible. You can find some examples of a Science slam performance here:

What are the rules:

  1. Each presentation will be maximum 10 min
  2. You can participate in a group (max 3 people) or as an individual
  3. Anyone can participate (Post-Docs, PhD students, Master students, technicians)
  4. A single winner will be decided by anonymous voting from the audience

If you are interested, please send an Email to by the 2nd August.

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