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Research retreats

The CIMR research retreats are for CIMR staff, invited guests and members of the Management Committee. Our retreats take place in the spring, and alternate between two formats: one in which postdoctoral fellows and students give presentations; and one that is attended by our advisory board and at which PIs present their research.

Research retreat 2016

Tuesday April 19th

This year's retreat was at the Wellcome Genome Campus (Hinxton). At the end of the day, we celebrated 40 years of research achievements by John Trowsdale, who presented the 'Haynes manual of the immune system' and the insights gained during this time into how the position of a gene in the genome influences its function. Poster prizes were awarded to Rui Mauricio (PhD student in the Deane lab) and Jane Stinchcombe (postdoc in the Griffiths lab). In the evening, another of John's many talents -  gypsy jazz music - was highlighted at a drinks reception.

Trowsdale group retreat 2016 

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Research retreat 2015

Thursday 2nd July

Our retreat this year was held at the Clinical School, and presentations were given by students, postdocs and PIs across the institute. Our guest speaker, Professor Michael Hall (Biozentrum, Basel) gave a fantastic keynote on TOR signalling - from its discovery in 1991 to new insights into systemic growth control. The poster prizes went to James Liley (PhD student in the Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory) and Joseph Chambers (postdoc in the Marciniak lab). A busy day of outstanding science was followed by a BBQ and games at nearby Homerton College.

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Institut Curie-CIMR Young Researcher Retreat 2015

June 21-24 2015

This joint retreat for students and postdocs held at the University of Kent provided a fantastic opportunity to foster new interactions between the two institutes, building on their closely aligned research strategies - to partner fundamental understanding of cell biology with clinical research. 60 young researchers of the two institutes gathered over three days to discuss their research through speaker presentations, poster sessions and additional skill building sessions (including an evening science quiz!).  Invited keynote speaker presentations were given by Franck Perez (Institut Curie), James Nathan (CIMR), Tony Kouzarides (Gurdon Institute, Cambridge) and John Duncan (MRC cognition and brain science unit, Cambridge). A special session on industry and research funding included talks from Bethan Jones (ERC funding, Cambridge) and Philip Murphy (Experimental Medicine imaging, GSK) and a roundtable discussion. Organized by the student and postdoc committees of the two institutes, this retreat provided a unique training experience. Additional vital funding was provided from the Paris Sciences et Lettres-Cambridge agreement, Researcher Development Fund and Labex.

Curie retreat group
photo by Sudarshan Gadadhar

Research retreat 2014

Monday 24 March - Tuesday 25 March

Our research retreat was held at the Cambridge Cancer Research Institute this year, and it was the turn of the PIs to present their work. The advisory board were impressed with the quality of our research, commenting on the growth of in-house collaborations, and the way research in the institute is becoming more integrated. We had fantastic presentations from our invited speakers David Adams (Sanger Institute) and Massimo Zeviani (Director of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit). Special congratulations also to Stephen Burr (Nathan lab) and Jye-Lin Hsu (Lehner lab) for their respective student and postdoctoral fellow poster prizes.

David Rubinsztein

Deputy Director

Research retreat 2014