Experts from Flow Cytometry community gather for annual meeting

The 7th annual Midlands Innovation Flow Cytometry Conference at the University of Leicester on 9 April attracted more than 100 academics, early career researchers, technicians and industry professionals working in flow cytometry.

An action-packed event featured more than 15 talks and poster presentations showcasing the breadth of flow cytometry research taking place in the region within the medical, life sciences and biotechnology disciplines.

The event provided delegates with an invaluable opportunity to network with colleagues, practitioners and industry sponsors from across the country. It also offered early career researchers a platform to present their work, with the best oral and poster presentations receiving awards at the end of the day.

Professor Lucy Fairclough, Professor of Immunology at the University of Nottingham and Chair of the Midlands Innovation Flow Cytometry Group said: “I always look forward to the annual meeting and this year was no exception. We’ve had some brilliant presentations today from early year career researchers, our industry sponsors and our keynote speaker Dr Peter Cook, who delivered a fascinating session on why fungi triggers inflammatory lung disease.

Thanks to the enthusiasm of early year career researchers across our eight partners, our programme included a real breadth of talks suitable for both beginners and advanced flow cytometrists.”

Professor David Cousins, Head of Department of Respiratory Sciences at the University of Leicester said: “We’re very proud to be part of the Midlands Innovation partnership and the Flow Cytometry Network. The annual conference is always very well attended and supports the sharing of knowledge and best practice so we can build a stronger research community in the region.

“The flow cytometry community in the Midlands has a strong track record of applying flow cytometry to a range of disciplines and securing funding for specialist equipment to enable vital research. It was fantastic to learn more about these successes about the collaborative research culture in the Midlands supporting flow cytometry.”

Published: 10 April 2024

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