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Join us in-person or online for this year's RDM symposium on Tuesday 5 April 2022 - all staff (academic and PSS) and students are encouraged to attend!

RDM Annual Symposium


Tuesday 5 April 2022

Venue: Mathematical Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6GG


08.50 – 09.10       Registration


09.10 – 09.20       Welcome from Professor Hugh Watkins, CVM (Outgoing Head of RDM)


09.20 – 10.30       Session One         

Chair:     Prof Barbara Casadei, CVM

09.20 – 09.40       Dr Adam Wilkinson, MRC MHU/MRC WIMM/NDCLS

                                Ex vivo haematopoietic stem cell expansion technologies

09.40 – 10.00       Professor Leanne Hodson, OCDEM

                                The ins and outs of liver fat metabolism

10.00 – 10.20       Dr Qiang Zhang, OCMR/CVM

AI virtual native enhancement to replace gadolinium contrast agent for faster, cheaper and needle-free cardiovascular MRI scans

10.20 – 10.30       Overview of RDM initiatives


10.30 – 11.40       Break and Poster Session Number One


11.40 – 12.40       Session Two         

Chair:     Professor Alastair Buchan, IMD

11.40 – 12.00       Professor Keith Channon, CVM (New Head of RDM)

                                Opportunities for RDM – building for the next 10 years

12.00– 12.20        Professor Hugh Watkins, CVM

                                Prospects for genetic cures in inherited cardiomyopathies

12.20 – 12.40       Professor Alison Simmons, MRC HIU/MRC WIMM/IMD

                                Human intestinal cell circuits linked to health and inflammation


12.40 – 14.00       Lunch and Poster Session Number Two


14.00 – 15.15       Session Three

Chair:     Associate Professor Tom Milne, MRC MHU/MRC WIMM/NDCLS

14.00 – 14.20       Dr Betty Raman, OCMR/CVM

                                Unlocking the mysteries of Long COVID

14.20 – 14.40       Associate Professor Ross Chapman, MRC MHU/MRC WIMM/NDCLS

                                Mechanisms governing the fate of DNA breaks

14.40 – 15.00       Dr Noelia Martinez Sanchez, OCDEM

                                Bud23: a novel regulator of cellular and systemic energy balance

RDM Graduate Prize talk

15.00 – 15.15       Dr Joe Frost, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York (previously MRC HIU/MRC WIMM/IMD)

                                Control of immunity by serum iron availability 


15.15 – 15.45       Break and Poster Session Number Three


15.45 – 16.45       Session Four

Chair:     Professor Amanda Adler, OCDEM   

15.45 – 16.05       Associate Professor Nicola Curry, NDCLS

                                The coagulopathy of trauma haemorrhage

16.05 – 16.25       Professor David Hodson, OCDEM

Visualizing and interrogating expression of type 2 diabetes and obesity drug targets in the periphery and brain

16.25 – 16.45       Dr Mira Kassouf, WIMM/NDCLS

                                Super-enhancers; new genome regulatory elements defying an old enhancer paradigm


16.45 – 16.55       Prof Keith Channon

Concluding remarks and presentation of poster prizes & the Excellent Supervisor Award


16.55 – 18.00       Drinks reception & discussion time


Registration for the 2022 RDM Annual Symposium is now CLOSED. If you would still like to register please contact Online attendees will be emailed the event link and symposium booklet the day before the event. 

Poster abstract submission

Poster abstract submission for presentation at the RDM Annual Symposium is now CLOSED. Presenters will be contacted by Monday 21 March if they have been selected for presentation. For any queries, please contact

Professional Headshots

At this years symposium there is the opportunity to have a professional headshot taken by the symposium photographer for use on your profile and elsewhere. If you are interested please email 

Contact us

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