NHLI New Scientists Day 2016


The annual NHLI New Scientists Day took place on Tuesday 19th of April and brought together staff and students from NHLI and beyond to hear about the exciting research our new academics are doing. All three speakers – Dr Jenni Quint (Clinical Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Epidemiology), Dr James Ware (Clinical Senior Lecturer in Genomic Medicine) and Dr Zach Whinnett (Clinical Senior Lecturer in Cardiac Electrophysiology) – were well received by the audience. Jenni (pictured above) talked about her research into using electronic health records to study respiratory diseases such as COPD and asthma, and what data sources currently exist and how they are used, whereas the talk by James focused on his research into the impact of genetic variation on the heart and circulation, and how to use genome information to improve patient care. Zach’s presentation was on novel therapeutic device treatments for heart failure and ventricular arrhythmias, and the recent improvements his group have developed for implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

This year’s New Scientists Day also saw two new features: a visit from Dr Jonny Gibbons from Imperial Innovations and a session on social media (Engaging online audiences and increasing impact using social media). The social media session included talks from Mr Al McCartney (FoM Senior Digital Communications Officer), Dr LJ Smith (Clinical Research Fellow) and Dr Mike Cox (Research Associate) on how researchers and clinicians can benefit from using social media. The talks were quite illuminating and will hopefully get more of us blogging and tweeting.

We hope all attendees and speakers enjoyed the event!

The New Scientists Day talks are available to NHLI staff and students via this link.

By Dr Maija Maskuniitty, NHLI Career Development Coordinator


Is science an equal playing field for both genders? The Royal Institution investigates

The Royal Institution discussed equal opportunities in STEM with students who have just chosen their A-level subjects.  There is a full report of the student’s discussions on the topic available however the two points the RI picked out were, firstly,  that the students were not fans of the gender-specific recruiting efforts, and this view came from the boys and girls who attended.  Secondly the panel felt that they were directed towards subjects they were expected to perform well in rather than ones they might be otherwise interested in.  Read the full article by the Royal Institution here.


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