The Medical Research Council is holding a workshop in Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation on the 10th of February 2014 at the Royal College of General Practitioners, 30 Euston Square, London.
MRC's Neurosciences and Mental Health Board (NMHB) and Infections and Immunity Board (IIB) have recognised Neuroinflammation to be an important area of scientific opportunity that aligns with MRC's strategic objectives in resilience, repair and replacement, and living a long and healthy life.
The NMHB/IIB workshop aims to stimulate interest in the areas of Inflammation, Immunology and Neurodenegeration, and is particularly aimed to engage early career researchers.
For further information, please see this link http://www.ncl.ac.uk/fms/postgrad/skills/documents/NeuroinflammationWorkshop2014Invitation.docx
If you wish to attend, submit an application form (http://www.ncl.ac.uk/fms/postgrad/skills/documents/NeuroinflammationApplicationForm.docx) to MRC.EventsandComitteesTeam@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk by the 9th of January 2014.
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Action 2014 Changing Age programme conducts its annual competition for researchers to address societal changes through enterprise.
This year’s theme invites researchers to identify commercial solutions for those who have been disadvantaged by ageing, and to suggest ways on how we can help people age well.
Interaction with industry experts, learning how to translate economic and social impact, researching and planning a business venture, and engagement with the public audience at a large showcase event are the benefits in participating in the annual competition.
Interdisciplinary teams of research students and staff will be formed at a two-day residential training lab, and a bespoke training programme will be provided.
The final stage will be a showcase event to be held at Great North Museum: Hancock in November 2014.
The winning team will be awarded with £2,000 per person towards their entrepreneurial development. Other prizes will also be announced during the event.
If you are interested, or curious, come and find out more at the Action 2014 Launch Event on the 15th of January 2014 at 12 noon – 1:30 pm, lunch is free, and it will be held at G21/22 Devonshire Building.
For further information, including previous ACTION competitions, and on how to book a place, visit http://research.ncl.ac.uk/action2014/
Action is a competition for Newcastle University researchers to address societal change through enterprise.
Newcastle University is committed to ensuring its research helps address some of the key global issues by focusing on selected societal challenge themes (Ageing, Sustainability and Social Renewal).Action 2014 team: Dr Elizabeth Scanlon (Staff Development Adviser); Miss Katie Wray (Teaching Fellow in Enterprise); Dr Gail de Blaquiere (Postgraduate Skills Development Programme Manager).
Participate in our full-day seminar designed to keep you updated on all of the latest developments in the world of real-time PCR, digital PCR and next generation sequencing
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Newcastle University is forming a strategic partnership with Xiamen University.
The partnership will cover academic programmes, research, staff and student exchanges, mutual support, and cultural cooperation. A delegation comprising of 20 senior academics and staff from Xiamen will visit Newcastle on 17 and 18 May 2013 to progress academic discussions and to launch the Strategic Partnership and the Newcastle Confucius Institute.
One theme for the partnership is Biomedicine.
In recognition and support of the objectives of the partnership, Xiamen Strategic Travel Scholarships will be introduced to facilitate postgraduate student exchange and in particular to facilitate travel of Newcastle Postgraduate Research Student travel to carry out collaborative research activities in Xiamen University.
Xiamen is a coastal city with a population of 3.5 million people in Fujian Province in the south east of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that faces outward across the South China Sea to Taiwan 250 kilometres distant.
Xiamen University is a key national university as designated through inclusion in the 211 and 985 Projects of the Chinese government. In the most authoritative rankings Xiamen has been placed 20th for the past three years (2010-12). This is confirmed by its showing in the Shanghai Jiao Tong list in the 15-28 banding for China and 401-500 category globally.
Xiamen is a comprehensive university covering all major university subjects. The university currently has a total enrolment of over 38,000 full-time students on campus, including 20,575 undergraduates, 15,590 Master students, 2,567 doctoral students, and over 2,500 international students. It has numerous strengths with top intake qualifications in economics and management, music, law, chemistry, journalism and communication, and mathematics. It is in the 151-200 banding in the Shanghai Jiao Tong list for engineering, technology and computer science. Its highest subject ranking is chemistry (101-150). In the QS world rankings, the university is placed at 293 for social sciences and management, 334 for life sciences and medicine, and 319 for the arts and humanities. Within China, Xiamen is held in particularly high esteem for accounting in which it is generally considered to be number one or two. Overall Xiamen is considered to be a strong, progressive and entrepreneurial university and like other leading Chinese universities is on a rising reputational trajectory.
Xiamen University also built a new mainland campus for eight science, including those related to Biomedicine, and engineering schools (covering 650 acres) which is now operational. The main campus on Xiamen Island will now be dedicated to the arts, humanities, social sciences and a number of science schools. New buildings are being constructed for physics. In addition to these large investments in Xiamen, the university is to open a branch campus for a wide range of subjects in Malaysia.
Objectives of the Proposed Partnership
Five main strategic objectives have, to date, been identified and discussed:
1) The progressive development of a portfolio of internationally innovative, reputation enhancing research projects that address societal challenges and national strategic priorities, and which attract significant research funding.
2) The development of imaginative joint teaching programmes that recognise established and emerging labour markets.
3) The facilitation of student and staff exchanges to help create more capable, internationally-oriented graduates and faculty members.
4) The provision of mutual support for important strategic initiatives, including e-learning opportunities.
5) The active encouragement and promotion of international cultural exchanges, particularly through the new Confucius Institute.
Themes for Strategic Partnership
1) Energy (Theme Leader, Professor Tony Roskilly).
2) Ocean Science (Theme Leader, Professor Tony Clare).
3) Biomedicine (Theme Leader, Professor Barry Hirst).
4) China in the Global Economy (Theme Leader, Professor Stephen Hughes).
5) Chinese Language and Culture (Theme Leaders, Mr Gerard Corsane and Professor Eric Cross)
6) Creative Industries (Theme Leaders, Professor Eric Cross and Mr Gerard Corsane).
7) Youth and Identity (Theme Leader, Professor Peter Hopkins).