Neglected Diseases Research Symposium

We are pleased to announce that Neglected Diseases Research Symposium, hosted by CIIE, will take place on Wednesday, 7th November at The Hub on Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

CIIE is seeking to combat infectious disease through an exciting approach that combines molecular analyses with evolutionary, immunological, epidemiological, mathematical modelling and theoretical approaches. A key ambition for the Centre is to ensure that we develop and translate fundamental research discoveries into tangible new vaccines, drugs and treatment regimens to eradicate neglected diseases.

The aim of this event is to bring together researchers across the University, Pharma and funders to hear about how we can collectively achieve this aim.

•    Learn about new open approaches the Pharma Industry are taking to collaborate in the fight against Neglected Disease
•    Hear all about the work CIIE based scientists are undertaking to combat Neglected Diseases
•    Understand the funders’ perspective and hear from the funding bodies who are working in the neglected diseases space



9.00 Registration
9.10 Professor Keith Matthews - Welcome
9.20 Dr Mike Strange - GSK’s open innovation approach in diseases of the developing world
10.00 Dr Thomas Spangenberg - Drug Discovery towards the Eradication of Malaria
10.40 Dr Sarah Arbe-Barnes - Taking promising preclinical candidates through to proof of concept in man with academic/pharma collaboration
11.20 - 11.50 Coffee Break
11.50 Professor Tom Little - Harnessing Evolutionary Biology to Combat Infectious Diseases
12.20 Professor Alex Rowe - Developing interventions against life-threatening malaria
12.40 Dr Eric Fevre - Understanding zoonoses at the livestock-human interface
1.00 Dr Francesca Mutapi - Human schistosomiasis: from laboratory bench to national control programme
1.20 - 2.30 Lunch
2.30 Dr Bethan Huges - Translational Research Funding at the Wellcome Trust
3.10 Jennifer Dent - WIPO Re:Search - Sharing Innovation in the Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases, Malaria and Tuberculosis
3.40 - 4.00 Coffee break
4.00 Dr Sue Kinn - Funding research to develop new products for neglected diseases - a donor perspective?
4.40 General discussion
5.00 Drinks reception

For more information, detailed programme and speakers bios, go to Symposium website.

If you'd like to attend, you need to register using the online registration form. Free lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.

You can contact the organisers by e-mailing


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