The British Association for Lung Research 2016 summer meeting entitled ‘Fight the good fight: Host-pathogen interactions in the lung’. The meeting was held at the Edge conference venue at the University of Sheffield (27- 29th July).
Two PhD students (Grace Manley & Jake Mills) from the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease were invited to present in the Student Investigator Award Presentations along with students from Imperial College London, Newcastle and Southampton. The standard of presentations was extremely high and Grace’s presentation entitled ‘The role of phosphatases in respiratory viral infection’ was judged to be the winner. The prize was £750 towards attending a conference of the winner’s choice.
Grace said “I am very honoured to win the prize for this competition, I am thinking of using this money to attend the Gordon Research Conference on “Viruses and Cells” in Tuscany in 2017, which will be an excellent way for me to meet prominent people in my field and extremely helpful in advancing my career in research. I am very grateful to the BALR for this opportunity”.
Colin Bingle said, “Grace came out on top against very stiff opposition and should be extremely proud of her performance. The BALR puts a great emphasis on the development of young researches and Grace joins a long list of winners who have benefited from this award”.