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I am off again in a few weeks – ICMAT 2011 is approaching fast. Jon Hobley has done 99% of the work on our symposium “Frontiers in Optical Bio-imaging and Microscopy“, which is in great shape. Before ICMAT 2011, we have the University of Liverpool hosted workshops, with around 20 PIs from Liverpool meeting investigators from A*STAR (June 22), NUS (June 23) and NTU (June 24). I am organising the A*STAR workshops. As usual plans are in progress, but so far the response from my A*STAR colleagues has been excellent and there is a real buzz. With a bit of luck we will maintain momentum and the output will be more collaborative ventures between the institutions, with graduate students on joint projects.

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Nanoparticle seminar


Hedi Mattoussi from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University will be giving a talk on:
“Functional nanoprobes: design and use for sensing and imaging”
Brunner Lecture theatre, Department of Chemistry
Friday 20 May, 4 pm.

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Upcoming events


For my sins I am delivering the Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre’s weekly seminar this Friday May 20 at 13.00.

Wednesday May 25 The Liverpool Cancer Research UK Centre’s Annual Meeting
 Leggate lecture theatre at the Victoria Gallery and Museum.

There will be three very exciting guest speakers: Dario Alessi from the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, Dundee, Gareth Thomas, Professor of Experimental Pathology from the School of Medicine, University of Southampton, and Steve Jackson from the Gurdon Institute, Cambridge.
A combination of great talks and another chance to network.

Don’t forget the weekly series of talks at the Cancer centre, generally on Fridays at 13.00

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NWCRF annual Symposium and AGM


The North West Cancer Research Fund annual sympiosum and AGM on Wednesday May 11 were most enjoyable. The morning of science talks was very stimulating and reflected some of the strengths of cancer research in the region: DNA repair, metastasis and the tumour microenvironment. It was great to have the chance to chat to colleagues. For some reason we need events of this type to be able to talk without an agenda. We don’t really get sufficient opportunities to do this, yet it is exactly this type of discussion that will throw up new ideas.

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