Month: July 2019

Celebrating 10 years of successes in the Department of Medicine

Members of the Department of Medicine
Clockwise from TLHC: MSc Human Molecular Genetics alumni at this year’s graduation ceremony with Professor Toby Andrew and Dr Filippo Tamanini; Vanessa Powell, Joanna Thompson, Vicky Salem and Leah Grey, who helped to lead and coordinate the Department’s successful Athena SWAN Silver Award renewal; Members of the Paediatric Infectious Disease research team at this year’s President’s Awards ceremony; Dr Djordje Gveric and Professor Richard Reynolds working in the Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Tissue Bank.

Before the launch of the new Faculty of Medicine structure on 1 August 2019, we reflect on a decade of successes in the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London.

This overview captures just a small number of the countless contributions of our staff and students over the years. We would like to thank all members of the Department, past and present, their immeasurable hard work, friendship and support.


As it happened: CMBI Away Day

CMBI Away Day

The MRC CMBI had its annual Away Day on 21 June at the Linnean Society London in London’s Piccadilly. The theme for the day was “The Art of New Biology: Creativity, Technologies and Multidisciplinarity”. The day-long activities included five scientific talks and a treasure hunt organised by students and postdocs.

Professor Alain Filloux, who took over as Interim CMBI Director in March 2019, started the day’s proceedings with a brief history of the CMBI which is now in its 7th year and has grown to 22 members of PIs, 75 PhD students and 75 postdocs.

Among the speakers was Molly Stevens, Professor of Biomedical Materials & Regenerative Medicine, Department of Materials, who presented a breath-taking overview of her group’s work on new materials and diagnostic tools. Karen Polizzi from the Department of Chemical Engineering spoke on better biosensor designs for various bioprocesses. Roser Vento from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge presented insight on maternal-foetal crosstalk deciphered using cutting-edge single-cell RNAseq technologies. Professor Peter Childs, Head of the Dyson School of Design, captured everyone’s imagination by showcasing exciting and commercially successful products designed at Imperial and by inspiring the audience to be creative in their scientific projects. Professor Tony Cass, Department of Chemistry, spoke on devices his group invented to help quantify various health parameters in humans.

PhD students Will Pearson, Amy Switzer, postdoctoral associate Camilla Godlee and laboratory manager Megan Winterbotham together organised a fun-filled treasure hunt in the Piccadilly area. Participants tweeted pictures of themselves at various stops along the way and winners received chocolate hampers! The day concluded with drinks, nibbles and, for those interested, cricket at a local pub.

The CMBI Away Days aim to foster team building and networking and includes talks by scientists from diverse fields. Past themes have included “Evolution” and “The Science of Language and the Language of Science”. As with previous years, the 2019 Away Day was organised by Dr Avinash Shenoy, Lecturer in the Centre, with help from the Centre Manager, Nicola Tingley.