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Biochemical Society Writing Competition

Science Writing Competition

Entries should
comprise original work of up to 1,500 words
be on a molecular bioscience topic (specified on your entry form)
be targeted at the general public
demonstrate a high level of spelling and grammar
be scientifically accurate
be creative, engaging and well-written
All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form.

In addition to the cash prizes, the winning article will be published in our members’ magazine The Biochemist, and on the Society’s website. The prizes will be awarded at a special Centenary event in London. The names of the shortlisted entries will appear on the Society’s website.

When is the deadline? Entries must be received by 20th April 2011.

full details at

ICM Seminar:

1. Selective partitioning of hepatic glucose metabolism to glycogen by serotonin through a distinct signalling pathway from insulin

2. Identifying biomarkers of therapeutic tolerance in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Speaker 1:  Dr Sue Tudhope, Research Associate, ICM

Glucose uptake by the liver and subsequent glycogen production is dependent on many factors including glucose load and insulin, however, other factor(s) are also thought to be involved. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and serotonergic nerves are found in the liver.  Our aim is to determine whether serotonin is a regulator of hepatic glycogen production.

Speaker 2:  Rachel Harry, PhD student, ICM

Biomarkers of efficacy of novel tolerance-inducing therapies for autoimmune diseases remain to be identified.  This study aims to identify biomarkers of a new generation anti-CD3 antibody, Otelixizumab for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis".

Creative Science Communication Training

Date: Monday 21st March
Time: 9.00am - 3.30pm
Venue: Science Learning Centre North East, Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5BZ

Are you looking for new ways to communicate your science? Are you looking for inspiration in engaging people with your ideas? If so, we would like to invite you to join us for a FREE day of creative science communication training lead by Claire Willis from the Science Learning Centre North East:

The day will include an introduction to best practice in the effective use of networking, interaction with industry, schools and STEM Clubs, and activities will focus on the use of creative and performing arts to communicate scientific ideas. This training is particularly aimed at people who will be involved in working with industry, schools and STEM Clubs, but is open to anyone from any of the HEIs operating in the North East or the Centre for Life with an interest in developing their science communication skills.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to participate in this training please book a place by completing the form available at:

Research Excellence Award

A poster by Bethan Davies, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology 2010, Newcastle University and NTW Foundation Trust 2007-2010, has won an award at a national conference.

'FIRE/Gore Research Excellence Award'  (best poster)
Annual Fire Related Research and Development Conference (RE10) at the Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, 17th November 2010.
What are the psychological processes involved in Psychological Debriefing interventions?
An exploration using Q Methodology.

Collaborator: Laura Lawrence, Welfare Officer, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Field Supervisor: Dr Kevin Meares, Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Trauma,
North East Traumatic Stress Centre, NTW Foundation Trust

Academic Supervisor: Professor Mark Freeston, Professor of Clinical Psychology,  Newcastle University and Director of Research and Training, Newcastle Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies Centre, NTW Foundation Trust

GRADschool 2011

The programme of 3 national GRADschools in 2011 is now confirmed and live on the Vitae site.  The events diary has been updated and bookings are open.

All courses are 3 days long and open to 80 PGRs. Dates/Locations are as follows:

GRADschool 1: Windermere, 1 - 4 March

GRADschool 2: Bournemouth, 14 - 17 June

GRADschool 3: Windermere, 11 - 14 October

For more information, visit

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