Visits

Staff, Visits

BCHC visit local primary school

During October, Dr Jo Forde-Thomas visited local primary school, Ysgol Gynradd Llanilar, to deliver 4 sessions on ‘The world of Parasites’. Dr Forde-Thomas talked with pupils ranging in age from 4 through to 11 about some commonly encountered parasites before leading students through a drug discovery experiment drawing parallels to […]

Research, Staff, Students, Visits

BCHC establishes new collaborations with the University of Oxford

Last Month the BCHC welcomed Professor Stuart Conway from the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford for collaborative discussions. Professor Conway’s research focuses on the use of synthetic organic chemistry to enable the study of biological problems. Discussions focused around collaborations into the development of new anti-schistosomal agents. This proved […]

Research, Visits

When beheading isn’t the end…..

Yesterday the BCHC welcomed Professor Aziz Aboobaker to Aberystwyth University to speak with us about his work. Aziz is particularly interested in understanding how some animals are able to regenerate and the stem cells that underpin this process. His work uses the planarian flatworm Schmidtea mediterranea as a model system […]

Visits

The beginning of a beautiful friendship

This morning we were joined by Prof Mingzhong Li, Professor of Crystallisation Science & Drug Delivery at Leicester School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University. Professor Li gave an impressive presentation on the co-crystallisation technology his lab has been developing to improve the bio availability of chemical compounds being pursued […]

Students, Visits

BCHC PhD Student travels to the USA

In May, a BCHC PhD Student, Ben Hulme travelled to the USA as part in a knowledge exchange with Professor Paul Brindley’s laboratory at George Washington University, USA. Ben spent time learning how to optimise a new functional genomics technique, CRISPR-CAS9, which has never been performed in adult S. mansoni […]

Visits

BCHC take parasites to the stage

At the end of May, BCHC members from the Hoffmann lab travelled to Cardiff to deliver interactive science games to children of all ages competing at one of Europe’s largest cultural youth festivals, the Urdd National Eisteddfod. We took our custom made ‘plush parasites’ along with a series of interactive displays […]

Research, Visits

The BCHC deals with difficult datasets

In early May The BCHC welcomed Dr Matt Denwood, an Associate Professor in Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Copenhagen. Dr Denwood delivered a very interesting seminar in the development statistical methods that can be used for analysis of difficult data sets such as those commonly found […]