Rosetrees Trust & Blizard Institute PhD Symposium


The inaugural Rosetrees PhD Symposium took place at the Blizard Institute, Queen Mary University London on Wednesday 21st September. PhD students from across the UK had the opportunity to present their work, in a science-packed afternoon showcasing Rosetrees’ support for early career research across all areas of human health and disease.

Five of Rosetrees PhD students gave exciting oral presentations on their work, and after some tough deliberation from the judging panel, Hannah Shailes was selected as the winner. Hannah gave an excellent summary of her PhD research which is investigating new therapies for bowel cancer. Rosetrees is proud to support Hannah’s PhD project alongside Bowel & Cancer Research.

The 2016 Rosetrees PhD Prize winner, Dr Nicky McGranahan gave an overview of his investigation into cancer genome evolution and the mechanisms facilitating drug resistance, followed by Professor Kevin Harrington explaining how Rosetrees has supported his work on viral therapies for cancer.

During the poster and networking session, nearly 40 students presented posters summarising their research. These were all of an exceptionally high standard, and highlighted the broad range of research funded by Rosetrees. David Barrett was selected as the winner of the poster prize, with Sara Campinoti and Charlotte Spicer runners-up.

Rosetrees would like to thank all of the students that came along to present their work, the quality of work on display was exceptional and Rosetrees is very proud to support these projects. We would also like to thank Professor Denise Sheer, Professor Aine McKnight and Susanne Bell from the Blizard Institute, who helped to organise the Symposium and make it an outstanding success.

We would also like to thank everyone that came along to show their support for Rosetrees. Over 150 early career researchers and senior academics attended to celebrate Rosetrees support of early career research.

More pictures from the Symposium can be found on our Facebook Page.


The Clarke Kennedy lecture theatre was packed for presentations from PhD students, the 2016 Rosetrees PhD Prize winner and Professor Kevin Harrington


Rosetrees Chairman Richard Ross welcomed everyone to the inaugural PhD Symposium


Oral presentation winner Hannah Shailes spoke about her work investigating new treatments for bowel cancer


2016 PhD Prize Winner Dr Nicky McGranahan and runner up Dr Suzanne Eldrige received their awards from Rosetrees Chairman Richard Ross and Chief Executive Sam Howard


PhD Student David Barrett won the prize for best poster presentation


The Rosetrees team and members of the advisory panel: (L-R) Professor David Katz, Richard Miller, John Samuels, Ingrida Tverijoniene, Sam Howard, Richard Ross, Berwyn Rutherford, Professor Patrick Maxwell, Susie Gray, Professor Jim Owen and Sheree Oxenham

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