It was our great pleasure to welcome delegates to the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy Annual Conference and UK Regenerative Medicine Platform Joint Meeting which was held at the Royal Welsh Academy of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Wales on Wednesday 19th – Friday 21stApril 2017. The programme was centred around “hot topics” in gene and cell therapy, as well as regenerative medicine with talks delivered by leading national and international experts in the field. Specific aims of the meeting included (a) to provide a forum for discussion, (b) to foster collaborations and (c) to identify common hurdles that slow the development of these advanced therapeutic medicinal product. The programme was of broad appeal to scientists, clinicians, students and members of the public with an interest in the field.
This event took a similar format to our last three-day conference at The Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow in 2015 with focus on cutting edge science and clinical translation of gene and cell therapy. We focused on engaging early career researchers, PhD, MSc and BSc students who had the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the conference and organisation. This included opportunities to review abstracts, chair sessions and participate in oral and poster presentations of their research. It was an opportunity for the BSGCT and UK RMP to showcase the best of our future scientific talent in the field of gene and cell therapy.
We had several prizes to award for high calibre scientific presentations, including the prestigious Fairbairn award for best oral presentation:
BSGCT Best Oral Presentation – Rebecca Holley, University of Manchester
BSGCT Best Poster Presentation – Reema Mohammed, University College London
Fairbairn Award – Michael Paul-Smith, Imperial College, London
Best Poster Prize (sponsored by Welsh Blood Service) – Natalie Suff, University College London
The society is very grateful for the outstanding support for the meeting from our sponsors and exhibitors. Without this, we would not have been able to create such an exciting programme.
We look forward to welcoming you to London in 2018.
With best wishes
Uta Griesenbach & Alan Parker
(Chairs of the 2017 Local Organising Committee)