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Postgraduate Symposium 2016


Symposium 2017

Tuesday and Wednesday 
25th and 26th April 2017

Details to follow

Symposium 2016

Tuesday and Wednesday 26 and 27 April 2016
Bourne Lecture Theatres 1 & 2 and also in the the Bourne Tunnel area

Our first year students gave a ten minute talk
Our second year students presented a poster
Our third/fourth year students gave a 20 minute talk

The event took part over the two days and was grouped by our three centres Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Plant Molecular Science and Biomedical Science 

Our Guests

This year we welcomed Teach first, The Royal Society of Biology and The British Biomedical Institute. 

The Programme

See our full programme of events

Our sponsors

With special thanks to new and returning sponsors

Tuesday 26

Thermo Fisher

Wednesday 27

Triple Red
EDU lab

End of Symposium Guest Lecture

Professor Bambos Kyriacou


Molecular genetics of biological rhythms

Life evolved on our rotating planet and consequently biological rhythms percolate through every aspect of behaviour and physiology.  The best known of these rhythms are circadian (24 hour) and  are mediated by cycling molecules that were initially identified in the fruitfly and later in mammals.  The molecular clockworks are extraordinarily well conserved between  insects and vertebrates so the fruitfly and the mouse provide excellent model systems for studying  human circadian rhythms.  Chronic disruption of humans circadian rhythms leads to a number of well documented health and behavioural problems including increased incidence of  some cancers, sleep disorders and depression.  I shall describe how the molecular clock works within a cell and how networks of clock neurons then generate the signals that generate  rhythmic behaviour.  I will also describe some recent work using the fly’s clock to study how electromagnetic fields affect behaviour and provide a rational that might explain why living close to power lines has been reported on several continents to slightly increase the incidence of childhood illnesses, including most notably, leukemia.


End of Symposium Social

Postgraduates and guests met to celebrate the end of our event in the 5th floor common room (Alice Room) from 5pm. There were refreshments available, the chance to catch up with staff and peers and a fun quiz.

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