In early May, nine members of Professor Endre Kiss-Toth’s research group made the long trip to Beijing to attend the second International Symposium on Tribbles and Diseases (ISTD) hosted by The Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College. This meeting brought together some of the leading research teams in this field and was therefore a great opportunity for our group to expand their knowledge and networks. Much of the work of the team from the Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease (IICD) is funded by the European Union through the Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Network, (Tribbles Research and Innovation Network) TRAIN, and taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the Symposium to give a wider context to their work, 25 other members of the network from the nine partner organisations, were also there, creating a strong presence and putting TRAIN on the world map.
Over the three days of the Symposium, the group listened to key-note presentations by leading researchers working on the relationships between Tribbles proteins and immunity, cell biology and cancer as well as many shorter talks related to these themes given by participants from around the world. IICD scientists Jessica Johnston and, Zabran Ilyas were two of these speakers, along with TRAIN ESRs Yodit Feseha from the Universite de Nantes, Dominika Grzesik from Queen Mary’s University of London and Juan Salamanca from MindTheByte, Barcelona. The other IICD and TRAIN researchers were kept very busy at a well-attended poster presentation session, which generated a great deal of interest in the concept of the TRAIN programme and its coordinated focus on the same topic areas represented at the symposium.
At the close of proceedings and in a surprise for everyone, the organisers presented prizes for the best short oral and poster presentations over the three days and it was great to see IICD attendees Taewoo Kim and Jessica Johnston scoop third prize in the poster category and second prize in the oral categories respectively. Well done to both of them.