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The Oxford cardiovascular community came together at the Town Hall on Wednesday 29th November for the BHF CRE annual symposium, a chance to share diverse and exciting research from across the network.

BHF CRE Symposium Leanne Hodson

There was a busy programme with talks from across the Centre themes, a showcase of research tools and facilities available within the Oxford cardiovascular network, and a team from BHF Head Office gave a presentation on sharing research with BHF supporters.

The Keynote speaker was Professor Molly Stevens, John Black Professor of Bionanoscience and Deputy Director of the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery, with her presentation Designing and Translating Biomaterials for Advanced Therapeutics and Biosensing.  

A particular highlight was the poster competition, which once again attracted high-quality entries from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers across the Oxford BHF CRE network.  

During a pre-event heats round, 11 entrants were selected to give a four-minute blitz presentation of their poster.  All competitors also had the opportunity to showcase their work to symposium attendees.  

3 images showing scenes of researchers presenting their posters

The judges agreed that the standard of entries was very high, making a decision on winners a difficult task.  However, at the end of the day, Oxford BHF CRE Director Professor Hugh Watkins, awarded prizes to the following entrants:

Non-student - Best short talk of poster: 

Adam von Ende (Nuffield Department for Population Health, Hopewell Group) for his talk Ascertainment of atrial fibrillation in UK Biobank - Relevance of electronic healthcare source for risk factor associations, individual management, and patient outcomes 

Student - Best short talk of poster: 

Rosie Kirk  (CVMed, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, Watkins/Toepfer Group) for her talk Investigating gene upregulation strategies in inherited cardiomyopathies

Rosie Kirk and Adam von Ende, 2023 Oxford BHF CRE Poster Competition winners


Very well done to Adam and Rosie, who fought off tough competition and presented their research stories in a clear, succinct and captivating way, and thank you to all the speakers and presenters, who made the day so engaging and exciting.