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26 April, 2017 - Longitudinal metadata: Developing a sustainable future

Time: 10:30:00 - 15:30:00

CLOSER Discovery is a search engine that allows researchers to explore the content of eight UK longitudinal studies. Following its launch in January 2017, CLOSER are keen to explore opportunities to expand the Discovery repository and incorporate metadata from additional longitudinal studies based within the UK. This half day workshop aims to provide delegates with a clear and detailed overview of what it means to be a part of Discovery, from the overall advantages of joining down to the day-to-day practicalities of adding data to the repository. This workshop is open to data managers and principal investigators of studies interested in joining CLOSER Discovery. It is also open to individuals interested in curation and metadata management as well as those working for organisations with metadata content.

Location: TBC, Bloomsbury Area, London, , , ,

Contact: Jennie Blows

Email: j.blows@ucl.ac.uk


27 April, 2017 - Cloud & High Performance Computing in Biomedicine

Time: 09:30:00 - 17:30:00

We would like to invite you to participate in our upcoming one-day CompBioMed meeting on Cloud & HPC in Biomedicine on Thursday 27th April 2017. This event is free to attend. The day will involve presentations from our Core and Associate Partners, punctuated with discussions over tea and coffee, with lunch provided. This meeting is intended to provide a forum for users from academia, industry and healthcare sectors to meet with open source software developers alongside independent software and hardware vendors, in order to determine what the best selection of capabilities is to meet their own needs. It will thereby help CompBioMed to define directions in which we would like to advance our users' interests.

Location: Christopher Ingold Lecture Theatre, Christopher Ingold Building, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ

Contact: UCL Digital Health

Email: digitalhealth@ucl.ac.uk


27 April, 2017 - Migrants to the UK: when is it ok to use your medical records for research?

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Dr Rob Aldridge from University College London is looking for people who came to the UK within the last five years. Anyone who intended to stay in the UK for more than six months (regardless of immigration status e.g. international students, workers, refugees, asylum seekers) is invited. This scoping workshop aims to understand migrants’ willingness to allow their medical records to be used for research. The workshop will also explore migrants’ medical research priorities. For the purpose of this workshop, a migrant includes anyone who arrived in the UK within the last five years and intended to stay for more than six months (any immigration status). Travel expenses (within England) and £40 worth of high street vouchers will be given to participants in recognition of the time involved to take part. Drinks and snacks will be available throughout the workshop and a lunch will also be provided at the end.

Location: tbc, University College London, Gower St, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Dr. Rob Aldridge

Email: r.aldridge@ucl.ac.uk


28 April, 2017 - Harnessing electronic health records for research

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2017 sees the return of our unique programme of inter-related one- and two-day courses in the rapidly developing field of electronic health records research, spanning a wide range of applications in basic and applied health research. These courses address the ‘why?’, the ‘what?’ and the ‘how?’ of EHR research and critically evaluate scientific opportunities and challenges, in what is being proposed as a new paradigm in medical research. Taught by internationally recognised faculty, they span data-intensive biomedical research across diverse forms of nationally available patient data from primary and secondary care. The courses are intended for people with from a wide range of backgrounds - including health care, epidemiology, biostatistics, health informatics, NHS IT, bioinformatics, genomics and computer science - and at different career stages, from those thinking of doing an MSc or PhD to established researchers.

Location: Farr Institute London, 222 Euston Road, London , NW1 2DA

Contact: Paul Taylor

Email: p.taylor@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: Please email

28 April, 2017 - Professor Jonathan Backer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, presents: PI3Kbeta in Breast Cancer Metastasis

Time: 10:00:00 - 11:00:00

Part of the UCL Cancer Institute Seminar Series The Class I PI 3-kinases are activated by GPCRs and receptor tyrosine kinases, leading to a complex array of downstream signalling. Given that the four Class I isoforms (P3Kalpha, PI3Kbeta, PI3Kdelta, and PI3Kgamma) all produce the same lipid product, the mechanisms by which they signal in an isoform specific manner has been unclear. We have recently focused on the PI3Kbeta isoform, which has been implicated in thrombosis, spermatogenesis, metabolic regulation, and tumorigenesis. PI3Kbeta is unique in several respects, as compared to other PI3Ks. It is directly activated by both GPCRs and RTKs. Its Ras-binding domain binds Rac/Cdc42 but not Ras. And it directly binds to the endosomal GTPase Rab5. Our laboratory has identified distinct point mutants that specifically disrupt interactions between PI3Kbeta and either Gbeta/gamma or Rab5. We have used these mutants to examine the integration of upstream signalling inputs by PI3Kbeta (...)

Location: Room G01, Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street, London, WC1E 6JJ

Contact: Veronica Dominguez

Email: v.dominguez@ucl.ac.uk


28 April, 2017 - UCL Ear Institute External Seminar: Markus Drexl

Time: 13:00:00 -

Title tbc Host: Torsten Marquardt

Location: Seminar Room, UCL Ear Institute, 332 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1X 8EE

Contact: Schaette, Roland

Email: r.schaette@ucl.ac.uk


4 May, 2017 - New technologies for measuring non-health topics in longitudinal studies

Time: 09:00:00 - 15:00:00

Drawing on evidence from across the longitudinal studies in CLOSER, and beyond, this workshop will discuss evidence gathered to date on the use of new technologies to measure non-health topics. Examples of these new technologies include data collection using smartphone features (apps, GPS etc.), wearable devices and other types of monitors. That is, any methods that can be used to measure key variables more accurately, or perhaps in a less burdensome way, or to respond to new and emerging research needs in non-health areas. Building on presentations and discussions, the workshop will aim to identify innovative new technologies that can be used to generate new science, the implications for data quality, and key methodological research needs. This workshop is open to all those who may be interested in attending.

Location: Room 728, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL

Contact: Jennie Blows

Email: j.blows@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: Please email

4 May, 2017 - Turing Lecture - Medicine 2.0: Using Machine Learning to Transform Medical Practice and Discovery (Mihaela van der Schaar, The Alan Turing Institute and University of Oxford)

Time: 13:30:00 - 16:30:00

This talk covers the transformation of medicine through the use of machine learning, and some of Mihaela’s own contributions. This transformation is already being felt in every aspect of medicine: from clinical support for personalized diagnosis and prognosis to the estimation of individualized treatment effects without the need for clinical trials to medical discovery to the entire path of patient care.The heart of this transformation is the intelligent use of existing data. Because of the unique and complex characteristics of medical data and medical questions, many familiar methods are inadequate. Mihaela’s work develops novel machine learning methods and applies them to a wide variety of medical settings. This work achieves enormous improvements over current clinical practice and over existing machine learning methods. This talk will explore some of Mihaela’s work and vision of how data science can transform medical discovery and care.

Location: The Knowledge Center, The British Library, Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Contact: Alan Turing Institute

Email: info@turing.ac.uk


8 May, 2017 - Everyday bordering as a new citizenship duty

Time: 16:00:00 - 17:30:00

Organised by UCL Institute of Education

In this paper Nira discusses the construction of unpaid/untrained borderguarding as a new everyday citizenship duty. This construction has been part of the more systemic crisis of governability under neo-liberal globalisation as well as an attempt to respond to growing autochthonic populist political projects of belonging. The illustrative examples in this paper are taken for the EU funded EUBorderscapes project and our fieldwork in London during the implementation of recent UK Immigration Acts. This lecture is part of the Citizenship, Social Imagination and Collective Action research seminar series, convened by Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou, UCL Institute of Education.

Location: Committee Room 1, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0NR

Contact: Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou

Email: a.komporozos@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7612 6563

11 May, 2017 - The Great Masculinity Debate

Time: 18:30:00 - 20:30:00

Organised by UCL Population Health

Some people suggest that men's bad behaviour is the result of toxic masculinity. Others say that masculinity has just been given a bad reputation. Come and see experts in this subject discuss the evidence. YOU will get to vote on which side of the argument wins. Join us for a fun and stimulating evening.

Location: LT1, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: John Barry

Email: john.barry@ucl.ac.uk


15 May, 2017 - Professional careers beyond academia

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Continuing this series of highly popular events, explore your career options with talks and a careers fair with networking opportunities from a range of career sectors. Including: Contract research organisation; Outcomes research; Health economics; Scientific consulting; Science charity; Biotech and pharma; plus many more….. Organised by the UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain Early Career Network, the UCL Institute of Child Health Post-doc Society, and UCL Careers. Registration will be opening soon.

Location: Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London,

Contact: Catherine Roberts

Email: catherine.roberts@alumni.ucl.ac.uk

Phone: Please email

16 May, 2017 - Behaviour Change in Large Organisations - Co-hosted with Bupa

Time: 17:30:00 - 19:30:00

Please join us for the first of our co-hosted events with Bupa UK: ‘Behaviour Change in Large Organisations’. Speakers: Chair: Dr Paula Franklin, UK Medical Director, Bupa. Prof Susan Michie, UCL: Introduction to Behaviour Change Science applied to organisations. Dr Luke James, Bupa: Behaviour Change at Bupa. Dr Paul Chadwick, UCL: The Behaviour Change wheel as a model for organisations. Dr Rachel Carey, Bupa/ UCL: Embedding behaviour change within organisations: Case studies. Q&A panel session. The lectures focus on topical issues affecting healthcare with the aim to stimulate thinking and discussion. This is open to all Bupa employees and CBC contacts and will be an opportunity to network with both internal and external professionals, and a range of scientists, policy-makers and practitioners. The talks will be followed by a drinks reception at the Institute for Child Health.

Location: Institute for Child Health, 30 Guilford St , London, WC1N 1EH

Contact: UCL Centre for Behaviour Change

Email: d.hambidge@ucl.ac.uk


17 May, 2017 - Abortion in the twenty-first century: moral, legal and cultural dimensions

Time: 17:30:00 - 18:30:00

UCL Centre for Ethics and Law sponsored discussion event to mark the publication of: About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First Century America (HUP) by Professor Carol Sanger (Columbia Law School) and Arguments about Abortion: Personhood, Morality and Law (Oxford University Press) by Dr Kate Greasley (UCL Laws) This book launch will begin with brief comments by both authors about the central ideas of their respective books. About Abortion (HUP by Carol Sanger) confronts the question of why so much of United States politics and society is concerned with the abortion issue. Arguments about Abortion (OUP by Kate Greasley) centres on the moral and legal permissibility of terminating pregnancy, and the relevance of arguments about foetal personhood for that question. There will be time allocated for questions and discussion after the comments followed by a drinks reception.

Location: G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming LT, Roberts Building, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Contact: UCL Centre for Ethics and Law

Email: ethics-law@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: Please email

17 May, 2017 - STEaPP Seminar Series - Risky Business: Learning from Other Life-Critical Organisations

Time: 15:30:00 - 17:00:00

In the face of pressure to innovate at an ever faster pace, Dr Kevin Fong explores what modern medicine can learn from other 'risky' industries in order to improve patient safety, and the lessons it may have overlooked in the past. In this STEaPP Seminar, Fong will discuss the success and failure of medicine to learn from other life-critical organisations and why learning the right lessons from the ‘right stuff’ is harder than it looks.

Location: Executive Suite 103, Engineering Front Building, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Contact: Alice Ferns

Email: a.ferns@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 3108 9430

19 May, 2017 - New technology and novel methods for capturing health-related data in longitudinal studies Workshop

Time: 09:00:00 - 15:30:00

Measuring health-related data in longitudinal studies can be a difficult task. However, the recent development of innovative new techniques, such as the passive detection of health behaviours like smoking with wearable devices, means we will soon be able to measure more detailed and accurate data, in less invasive ways than has previously been possible. This full-day workshop aims to explore and discuss the use of these new technologies and methods for capturing health-related data in longitudinal studies. Delegates will hear experiences of techniques already in use in the CLOSER's consortium of studies, and from researchers developing new approaches to capturing a variety of health data from participants’ in their day-to-day lives. There will also be opportunities to discuss issues related to these new techniques, and ideas and requirements for future developments within this field. Free. Registration Required.

Location: The Engineer's House, The Promenade Clifton Down , Bristol, BS8 3NB

Contact: Jennie Blows

Email: j.blows@ucl.ac.uk


25 May, 2017 - Urban Lab Films: Cities of Sleep

Time: 18:20:00 - 21:40:00

Organised by UCL Urban Laboratory

Urban Lab Films presents the UK premiere of award-winning 'Cities of Sleep' (2016), a documentary that takes us into the heady world of insurgent sleeper communities in Delhi, where securing a safe sleeping spot often becomes a life threatening question. The film follows Shakeel, a young man who has spent seven years sleeping rough, as he deals with the “sleep mafia”—goons who capitalise on the scarcity of safe sleeping spaces in the absence of government safety nets. We also meet Ranjeet, who runs a “sleep-cinema” community where over 400 homeless come and sleep through the day for a nominal price. A post-screening panel will initiate a dialogue on sleep, health and homelessness in London – where over 8000 people sleep rough - and Delhi – which has over two million homeless. How can cities with shared histories, yet divergent trajectories of urbanisation act as compelling entry points for comparison and intervention?

Location: Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW

Contact: Jordan Rowe

Email: urbanlaboratory@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3108 9402

5 June, 2017 - The immunology of TB

Time: 13:00:00 - 14:00:00

Speaker: Prof Ajit Lalvani (Imperial College London). Host: Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi (m.noursadeghi@ucl.ac.uk). Please contact the host if you wish to meet the speaker after the seminar. Post-talk refreshments: Café meeting room 1. Part of the UCL Division of Infection & Immunity external speaker programme

Location: TBC, , ,

Contact: Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi

Email: m.noursadeghi@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: Please email

19 June, 2017 - Seeds of culture

Time: 13:00:00 - 14:30:00

Since Vedic times healing plants and specifics of their curative properties were well known to physicians and healers from all levels of Indian society. A large body of European books from the 16-19th centuries also document folk and classical medical traditions of India, collected from indigenous sources. With the ability to study complex molecular pathways and chemistry of their properties that were unknown at the time, are these works are now valuable resources to be revisited with contemporary scientific methods? With Dr Annamma Spudich (Visiting Professor, National Center for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India); Prof Michael Heinrich (Professor of Medicinal Plant Research, UCL School of Pharmacy); and Prof Frances Brodsky (Director, UCL Division of Biosciences).

Location: Gavin de Beer LT, Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Aarathi Prasad

Email: a.prasad@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)7507195665

2 July, 2017 - Digital Health 2017: Global Public Health, Personalised Medicine, and Emergency Medicine in the Age of Big Data

Time: 09:00:00 - 18:00:00

At Digital Health 2017, held for the first time as an independent event, a new strategic theme will be introduced: emergency and humanitarian medicine addressing acute needs of natural and manmade disasters will leverage opportunities created by geo-located big data, mobile technology and crowdsourcing for improving resilience, early warning and response to disasters and emergencies. DH 2017 will cover a wide spectrum of subjects including communities of practice and social networks, analytics and engagement with tracking and monitoring wearable devices, big data, public health surveillance, persuasive technologies, epidemic intelligence, participatory surveillance, disaster and emergency medicine, serious games for public health interventions and automated early identification of health threats and response.

Location: tbc, London, , , ,

Contact: Patrizia Isabelle Duda

Email: patrizia.duda.15@ucl.ac.uk


14 July, 2017 - UCL School of Pharmacy postdoctoral research and careers day

Time: 09:30:00 - 12:00:00

The UCL School of Pharmacy Early Careers Researchers committee is organising a Postdoctoral Research and Careers Day this July. This will be a great opportunity for postdocs to present their research, engage with fellow postdocs and hear first-hand experience from professionals working in a variety of fields. Open to all staff and PhD students in SLMS (abstract submissions from Postdocs only). Info for Postdocs: Submit your abstract for a chance to give an oral presentation and win prizes, or bring along an old poster to display your research. The abstract word limit is 200 words. Abstract submission deadline: 14th May 2017. Careers session in the afternoon with invited speakers from medical writing, STEM outreach and many more. Join us for drinks, nibbles and networking after the careers session

Location: UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square , London, WC1N 1AX

Contact: Jessica Loraine

Email: J.Loraine@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: Please email

20 July, 2017 - Faculty of Medical Sciences Research Day

Time: 08:30:00 - 18:00:00

You are warmly invited to the annual Faculty of Medical Sciences Research Day. This event, which is free to attend, will feature the best science from across the faculty, and provide an excellent opportunity for younger researchers from all parts of FMS to meet, interact, present and discuss their work. This year's meeting will feature cutting edge science from across the faculty, lunchtime poster viewing, prizes for the best posters and 3m presentations and a drinks reception. Selected abstracts will be chosen for moderated poster sessions and / or 3 minute presentations. To submit an abstract, please contact Emma Bowman, e.bowman@ucl.ac.uk. Abstracts must be submitted by Friday 16th June.

Location: Great Ormond St Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street , London, WC1N 1EH

Contact: Emma Bowman

Email: e.bowman@ucl.ac.uk.


28 July, 2017 - Nutrition, Oral Health & Performance Symposium

Time: 09:00:00 - 17:00:00

Organised by UCL Eastman Dental Institute

Join us for a ground breaking, one-day symposium in sport and exercise medicine and oral health. Expert speakers will explore: State-of-the-art developments and future of sport nutrition (Dr Kevin Currell & Prof. Ron Maughan), Sport nutrition and health (Dr Dan Kings), Eating disorders & RED-S in athletes (Dr Anna Katarina Melin) and Oral health & sport performance (Prof. Ian Needleman, Dr Paul Ashley & Dr Julie Gallagher). We will discuss how to maximise performance and minimise negative performance impacts. The symposium will be highly relevant to sport and exercise medicine clinicians and scientists, nutritionists, performance directors, dental care professionals and researchers. The Symposium will be held in collaboration with the NCSEM and ISEH who, together with the UCL Eastman Centre for Oral Health and Performance, are collaborating members with the IOC.

Location: G06 Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building, Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE

Contact: Sara Green

Email: sara.green@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 3456 1221

18 September, 2017 - Research methods course: HIV, sexual health and infectious diseases

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The Department of Infection and Population Health are thrilled to advertise their annual Research Methods Course which is run by The Centre for Sexual Health and HIV Research and is taught by leading researchers from UCL. This intensive course is designed for doctors, nurses, researchers and anyone else with an interest in Sexual Health, HIV, Infectious Diseases and other medical specialties wishing to develop their research skills. Prior experience in research and statistics is an advantage but not essential. The course fee is £400.00 (reduced to £300.00 for individuals from middle/low income countries and full-time students). Course fees include all tuition and materials, lunches and refreshments but please note accommodation is NOT included in the prices above. Booking will open soon. To register an interest, please email Lydia Clinton.

Location: Building to be confirmed, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Contact: Lydia Clinton

Email: l.clinton@ucl.ac.uk

Phone: 020 3108 2084