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Plasma Screen Poster Competition Winners

Congratulations to Claire Savy and Lida Papakonstantinou

Plasma Screen Posters representing the work of research students in the faculty have recently been displayed on the screen in the Postgraduate Common Room.

Well done to joint winners Claire Savy and Lida Papakonstantinou whose presentations were voted the most popular and who have received a prize of £100.

Controversies in Neurology (CONy)

The 4th World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy) will be held in Barcelona, Spain on October 28th-31st 2010

Since its launch in 2007, the 4th World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy) has become established as a unique meeting where physicians can meet with outstanding experts in all neurology fields, and be updated on the most pressing clinical questions of the day. The programme is designed to provide an effective forum for discussing and debating unresolved issues by allowing ample time for speakers/audience discussion and is the only Congress of its kind that focuses mainly on controversial issues in form of debates.

If you are interested in participating full details (including how to submit an abstract, how to register, costs and a preliminary programme of events) can be found at

The deadline for submission of abstracts and early registration is 1 September 2010.

Physical Activity Study - Volunteers Wanted

How does ageing affect your metabolism?

This study is part of a larger series of studies looking at how ageing affects metabolism and muscle mass. We are interested to see how metabolism is affected by age in sedentary and active individuals.

We are looking for healthy women of various ages that are either active or sedentary.

Please contact us if you or someone you know are interested in helping out and are:

• Women
• Healthy
• Sedentary or Active
• Aged between 20-30 or 40-50  or 65+

The study will be carried out at Newcastle University’s new Campus for Ageing and Vitality and at the RVI by Lida Papakonstantinou and Dr Djordje Jakovljevic.

An information sheet is attached. We would be pleased to talk with you about the project. Please telephone Lida on 0191 208 1150 or emailing us on:


North East Grad School at Durham

North East Local GRADschool
Communication Skills and More

Monday 19 – Thursday 22 July 2010
Ushaw College, Durham

A four-day residential course for Ph.D. researchers in any discipline, full-time or part-time.

The course will allow you to:
• identify ways to develop
• see the relevance of your skills in different environments
• feel more able to promote yourself and your abilities
• work more effectively with other people

The main focus of the course is to develop your communication skills – in the widest sense – but it will also cover personal effectiveness, problem solving, networking, teamworking skills and will include career sessions.

Please contact for further details

'Your View' Poster Competition

Are you an enthusiastic young researcher working at the cutting edge of science, technology or engineering?   Can you discuss the social and ethical implications of your research at Newcastle University and how it will make a difference to local communities?   If the answer to these questions is yes, take part in ‘Your View’ poster competition on Saturday March 20th.

For further information and details on how to apply go to

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